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dbreuer posted:
Hello all,
Let me start by saying I am thrilled to have found this. My son is 7 and he has had asthma since he was 6 months old. It never was extremly bad until he went to preschool. During the middle of the year he got bronchitis really bad. He would cough so hard he would choke. It lasted about a month. When he went to kindergarten he got pnemonia. He had pnemonia for 6 months. We ended up haveing to do a pic line for 2 weeks to get rid of it. After that he was fine for 4 months. He woke up one morning this past October with a stuffy nose. Ever since then he has been sick. The cough was really bad in January so we started doing pulmicort twice a day and albuterol as needed. The cough then would come and go. He was diagnosed with a sinus infection then that took 60 days of antibiotics toget rid of. He still has sinus issues along with a on again off again cough and constant heavy breathing. 3 weeks ago the cough, wheezing, and heavy breathing were so bad his lung doctor put him on 1 mg pulmicort 3 times a day, xopenex 4 times a day and hypertonic saline twice a day. After 2 weeks of that he started to ge better. The doctor then said to stop all the nebs and start doing advair twice a day. He also takes rynatan and flonaise. After 1 day off the nebs and stating the advair his heavy breathng came back. He is not wheezing but he can't even walk up the stairs without breathing really heavy. I feel like he does best on the pulmicort. I was wondering if aybody else has had this issue? What do you guys think about pulmicort and advair? Do you think pulmicort works better? I'm looking for suggestions.
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sgbl88 responded:
Hello and welcome to the community.

So sorry your family is having to deal with this.

All medications are metabolized and work differently for different people. Advair works okay for me, but Dulera is batter. Symbicort doesn't work at all for me, but several people here do wonderfully on it. I have used pulmacort neb when I was sick. It did work well for me.

He may just need to try one of the other combination meds. They will save you a lot of time over a neb medication.

He may need to see an allergist for testing to see if allergies are the cause of his chronic congestion.

Keep us posted on how he is doing.

Take care and God bless.
Sonya
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copdgeist responded:
Your comment struck me because of the search I did on Pulmicort VS Advair. My dad has severe COPD with which comes Congestive Heart Failure. It came as a result of both working environment and smoking, although, he developed the diagnosos 10 years after his last cigarrette, (though he did chew tobacco) . He's 57 and doing considerably good. He just visited his pulminologist today for the first time after being out of the hospital AGAIN for his COPD. He's been in better spirits than he has been for the last two years and he just got out 2.5 weeks ago. The new drug which plays the biggest role in that is Pulmicort respules. He's also doing Xopenex which is new. Anyway, during his appointment the Pulm specialist said that the pulmicort was pretty much the miracle drug and ordered him to quit taking the Advair: and that they were both very similar, but that Pulmicort is better. I'lll keep you posted after a couple weeks without the Advair and Pulmicort only.


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