Singulair for angioedema

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One year ago I had a serious attack of facial angioedema while vacationing in Ireland. A doctor there prescribed a antihistamine, and the attack subsided. Upon my return to the US, I had subsequent attacks. My allergist had me take every available test, but could not determine the cause. My first prescription was for daily doses of Zyrtec, but the attacks continued. My allergist that put me on daily doses of Singulair and Fenofexadrine.
She is severe environmental allergies and pollen and all summer long is bad for her with grass, etc., HAVE THEY TRIED SINGULAIR FOR YOU ??? AND / OR ZANTAC ??? Both the those meds help block allergy triggers and are not commonly used (Zantac is not commonly used) but both can actually help perhaps and Singulair will help the asthma as well as allergies as it is now FDA approved for allergies in the US.
I was on Prednisone for a while but that stopped working effectively for me, so my Dr. had me taper off of it. Is anyone else missing work over this condition? I can't spend the rest of my life in bed, which seems to be the only way to avoid an attack for me. My Dr.s are reluctant to try drugs with harsh side effects because I am either allergic to or have experienced bad side effects to a lot of different types of drugs. Right now my life kind of *****.
I have had chronic urticaria and angioedema for 11+ years now. I was on Xolair for a short time years ago before my insurance cut me off. I didn't have any side effects- except injection site discomfort. I was totally clear of all my hives and swelling. I was able to return to all my favorite things without swelling. I also have the delay pressure type. Now I have been steroid dependant again and am really getting tired of this lifestyle.
So much that I'm not even going to consider the Swine Flu vaccine. I'll just stay locked in my house all winter and only come out for food. What should I tell my doctor. He keeps prescribing me stuff like nothings wrong.... Here's what's going on: Ever since I stopped taking Advair, I've become hypersensitive to any and all drugs!! Everything from Prilosec to Tagament. From vitamins to digestive enzymes. From Albuterol Sulfate (in nebulizer) to Singulair.
I have been to my allergist and he can't seem to do anything for me. The first time I had the problem was 3 years ago and after the first incident I didn't have it again until 7/03. I now have it every week to 2 weeks. He was treating it with doxepin but that was way too strong and caused me to sleep for days. I have now created my own "cocktai". I use 1 Zyrtec 10 mg., 1 singulair 10 mg and 2 benadryl.
I also became allergic to NSAIDs and aspirin about 3 years ago. I have also been experiencing bouts of hives on and off for about 5 months on my feet and lower legs. This last flare-up that I am experiencing currently, has been going on for about a week and a half where hives cover my lower legs and feet. I have also noticed some places on my hands and arms. I have experienced some angioedema in my hands and feet when it gets really bad.
My son has had eczema since he was a couple of months old but we didnt see any signs of allergy until i stopped breastfeeding him and he had breathing problems , when we had him tested we found he had allergies from many foods like garlic, lemons, oranges, grapes, sunflower seeds and oil, olives and olive oil, peaches, apples, lobster, cheeses , and cows milk but yoghurt is ok and chocolate so some things with cows milk were fine, we could give him some of these foods in moderation and not more
Nothing came back positive. So he took some blood and tested me for hereditary angioedema, autoimmune problems, thyroid problems, and more allergies. Everything came back normal again. He suggested that I start taking Allegra and Zyrtec also. I started taking it, but I was still getting hives. I went back to him a few weeks later and told him the allegra and zyrtec weren't working, and he said well maybe this will just go away...it didn't.
He literally ran and threw himself around the house for 6 hours nonstop. He was screaming no no no! He would reach for things that were not there. He would then act like something was attacking him. During this whole ordeal, he would not let me anywhere near him. The next day, all was fine. We continued the prednisolone and breathing treatments. Everything remained normal, just cranky. He went back to his doc to be rechecked and his doc said it was steroid psychosis and he was hallucinating.
Then more itching. Then in early October I got itchy angioedema in hands and feet (didn't know it was angioedema at the time). Big swollen hands, impossible itching, and I began taking Benadryl for the first time. In mid October 2007 I had my first hives break out. From hands starting up arms and from feet starting up legs, then calmed down about 2 weeks. Then starting November 14th hives in many places and few days without hives and symptoms, and medications.
Then in early October I got itchy angioedema in hands and feet (didn't know it was angioedema at the time). Big swollen hands, impossible itching, and I began taking Benadryl for the first time. In mid October 2007 I had my first hives break out. From hands starting up arms and from feet starting up legs, then calmed down about 2 weeks. Then starting November 14th hives in many places and few days without hives and symptoms, and medications.
I was very mildly allergic to cats and white oak, but not enough to cause a reaction like full-body hives and angioedema. Especially since I've been around cats and trees for my entire life. So, anyway my immunologist, neurologist and I reached a consensus that it was the Rebif. Needless to say, my neurologist didn't want me to stop taking it because I haven't had a single relapse since starting it, and I didn't want to quit taking it for the same reason.
Thanks very much for your help! Please help me I've been having bleeding for over 10 years with bowel movements and had a colonoscopy but the GI said I don't have Crohn's/UC and have hemmarhoids/GERD. I've used HC 25mg suppositories but I keep bleeding every month or two (bright or sometimes darker red blood) and have trouble breathing, relaxing which improves after prednisone/HC.
Also during this time my iron was low so I had to go to the hospital weekly for iron infusions. The hives lasted for a year exactly and went away on its on. Now I had my third child in December 2009. 3 months after having my child now I have just started getting hives again. I now each time I get them they get worse. Could it me linked to my pregnancies? Is it a hormone or blood imbalance? Who should I see?
I was receiving allergy shots for 2mos for severe grass/weed pollen allergies. I never tolerated the shots well, and ended up having a severe systemic reaction 3wks ago. This reaction included severe sinusitis, laryngitis, angioedema of lips, tinnitus, and tingling of the tongue. I was treated with benedryl and singulair and given an oral steroid "burst" for a week. I felt horrible the whole following week with intense head/sinus pressure and tinnitus, which would wax and wane.
Also, you may want to google something called Angioedema. i just had a blood test the other day and I am waiting for the results. basically its something in you that is triggered by a negative and can cause swelling of the throat, trouble breathing, etc., sometimes allergies trigger it, but there is also a different kind called hereditary angioedema which can be triggered by anxiety, stress, some medications, dental work and more.
This time around it seems like I'm getting more angioedema (disfiguring facial swelling) reactions as well; for the last two days, I've woken up w/ swelling in either my lips or eyes or both. So, understandably, I'm a little concerned. I'm a teacher, and going in front of the class looking like the boogey man isn't going to work out too well. Currently, I'm on .200 mcg of Levothyroxine (generic Synthroid).
The only thing that completely stops an angioedema attack for me is a shot with an epipen. Benedryl doesn't touch it, Allegra slows it down and Zyrtec had been preventing it until I came down with the flu last week and my resistance to such things was lowered. My upper lip is swollen today; I've taken a megadose of Allegra (360 mg) which may have slowed down the swelling (hard to know for sure).
She's a jr in high school w/ plans on going onto college, but the high school doesn't want her there when she's swelled....liability issues. We fought constant angioedema for a week back in february and now again this past week. Arrrrgggghhhh!
I too started breaking out in hives after taking the antibotic Solodyn for acne. After a trip to the ER, it was assumed that I had an alergic reaction to the medicine. I stopped taking the medicine after only 3 weeks and needless to say, I am still breaking out in hives and have joint pain. I have been tested for allergies and that was negative. I have had bloodwork done and it was negative. Just wondering if anyone else was experiencing same symptoms.
My doctor doesn't know what it is for sure. She mentioned the angioedema thing and she did blood work for thyroid problems and such which came back normal. One thing I might mention is that I smoked cigarettes for about 15 years, and when I quit cold turkey in July 2009, the swelling completely disappeared for a couple of months, but slowly started up again recently. I noticed one day when I was burning a lot of leaves, the next day I was badly swollen.
I have 10 mg Prednisone tabs with me but the directions are to take 40 mg for angioedema and gradually decrease dosage. I know that if I take this dosage I will be up all night but am really uncertain about how much I should take. Using Aveeno to sooth the welts with minimal effect. I empathize with anyone going through this experience. Any suggestions appreciated. Am thinking of thinking an immunologist since the allergist was absolutely no health.
I also have MCS....I have taken singulair for the last 6 years. It makes a huge difference. I also use xyzal which seems to help....I've never used zyrtec so I can't compare them. Recently I've started using the nasal spray omnaris....it works well for me.
I've always had hives since I was a little girl, but I've never gotten it for this long. I've had it for more than a month and have tried every single medicine. Allegra, Singulair, Claritin, Benadryl, Cortizone shot, other oral steroids, acid reflux medicines which are supposed to have anti-histamines, anxiety pills, depression pills, NOTHING IS WORKING!!!!!!!! I've even tried herbal stuff, homoepathic medicines too, and they just don't want to go away.
I have had hives for almost three years now. Every antihistimine and stomach pill (that has a histimine blocker) has been tried. The only relief I have gotten was when I went on Cyclosporine for six moths. This is an antirejection drug. I do not want to stay on this, but have been off of it for five months now, and hives are starting to return. Sometimes they are red splotches on my skin, other times they are thick welts, both itch unreal. My eyes, lips and feet swell also.
I am already on Zyrtec and Singulair for allergies and asthma. I have alot of allergies to meds, perfumes, colognes, laundry soap, air freshners, anything from the ocean, cats, pollen and ragweed. I noticed I was starting to itch on Tuesday night. Well by Thursday I was covered in hives everywhere. By Thursday night I had to use 2 Epi-Pens, 100mg of Benedryl, Albuterol inhaler and start a 10mg dose pack of Prednisone. My eyes were swollen shut, my throat was swelling shut and OMG the itching.
Cold uticaria is an "allergy" to the cold. Exposure to cold will cause a histamine reaction similiar to that of any allergen, but cold uticaria results in hives that begin on the face, hands, and neck. The most common form has a rapid onset of hives on exposure to the cold. To test for this, put an ice cube on the skin for 1-5minutes. A "positive" would result in the appearance of a hive on the skin.
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