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Flovent making me feel worse?
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Joshua_D_P posted:
I have been using a rescue inhaler for running the last few years aftering being told I had E.I.A. But during my last visit my doctor did some more tests and thought I would benifit from using Flovent. I have been taking it for 5 days now and my breathing actually seems worse. Has anyone had this happen on an inhaled steroid? Is it normal to feel a bit worse before you feel bettter? I know it can take 1-2 weeks or longer for the Flovent to really start working, but I didn't expect to be feelign worse after 5 days.
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Aqua14 responded:
It's very common for folks with asthma to try different asthma medications to see which one works best with the fewest side effects. Everyone's different, and what works well for one person may not work at all for the next person.

As you go through this trial and error process, keep in close contact with your doctor to let him know how you're doing. If this were me I'd give him or his nurse a call and ask their advice, since they know your test results, symptoms, etc.

Hope these thoughts help you. Take care and good luck. Judy
 
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Gregory M Metz, MD responded:
Typically the flovent wouldn't make you feel worse. I would give it a try for awhile and let your doctor know of the symptoms you experience. Sometimes you may need a different type of inhaler. Are you having sore throats, cough or chest tightness from the new inhaler?
 
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Joshua_D_P replied to Gregory M Metz, MD's response:
I did give my Dr. a call and I'm waiting for a return phone call. I am not coughing or weezing the problem comes when i go for a run. I am a competitive runner. The last 2 times I went for runs I had to stop to catch my breath and just felt exhuasted. This has never happened before in all my years of running and using my albuteral inhaler.
 
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Aqua14 replied to Joshua_D_P's response:
Did your doctor tell you not to use albuterol but to use Flovent instead? They are different types of meds: Flovent is an asthma controller med, and albuterol is a quick relief medication. Most of us use a controller med every day but will also pre-treat with albuterol before we exercise (and also use albuterol if we have symptoms during/after exercise). Have you tried using your albuterol for your EIA as you usually did prior to starting the Flovent? Judy
 
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Joshua_D_P replied to Aqua14's response:
I am taking my Flovent 2x a day once at 6am and once at 6pm. I used my rescue inhaler before my runs. I am going back in this morning to see my Dr. and I am going to ask to see a pulmanary specialist. This morning I had an asthma attack 30 minutes after taking my Flovent and needed to use my rescue inhaler. This is the first time I've ever had an asthma attack when I was not exersicing. I'm done with the Flovent, hopefully they can find something better for me.


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