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My questions are, How serious is this side effect, Should I continue using the Spiriva, Continue the Spiriva but stop the Symbicort, or Drop both and just take Combivent which I currently use as my emergency inhaler? Are there other alternative that I and my doc should consider.
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I have moderate COPD. I just started taking Spiriva. It took 3 weeks till I saw a change in my breathing, but the results are not as good as with Advair, which I used a while ago. If I stay on Advair (250), is it a good idea to either use it only once a day, or do twice a day but skip a day in between? All of this in order to hopefully avoid the side effects.
I was told to stop my spiriva in Aug. that I had been using for about 3 yrs. This was after I had a PFT for the first time. I've had three ct scans over the past three yrs. Shows granulomata and calcified nodules..no change. For the past couple of days I've been very SOB and my arms feel weak and heavy. My chest doesn't hurt it just feels tight/full. Today has been worse. I was also put on neurontin 1 1/2 weeks ago for headaches and wonder if that could have anything to do with it.
I was treated for this with supplements by a physician who also practices alternative medicine. I have not had an episode in some time and am hoping that, without Advair, this problem is gone for good.
of at least 30 days from using any prednisone, if you can stand it. Preferably 90 days. Try an alternative steroidal inhaler instead of the prednisone pills.
But it did lead me into an alternative that works better and with less side effects. Benadryl works on the same principle as does ipratropium but I have never been told to use it. I can't tolerate Advair (causes angina) nor Albuterol (causes worse congestion and coughing). Spiriva was fine but it is too expensive and didn't work for any good amount of time. As a last resort I used some Benadryl.
They were Chinese and were helpful in alleviating symptoms, but never even claimed to cure. My private physician (not an HMO) is also active in alternative medicine. I will ask him if the Hysmeton formula makes any sense. My understanding is that COPD involves irreversible damage.
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All this time I have been on 24/7 oxygen and doesn't look as if I'm ever going to get off of it. Almost all my meds have stopped working (spiriva, symbicort, advair, etc.) the only meds that have any effect is my xopenex inhaler - even the xopenex solution for my nebulizer causes breathing problems sometimes. Even the oxygen(2 ltrs) is not working as well.
Some people require prednisone in order to survive. The alternative is death. That being said, the medication should be used judiciously. If you need it, you need it, but try your best to consider alternatives. There may not be any. One problem with long term use (over six months, daily) is the development of malignancies. High dose prednisone shuts down the immune system. This does not mean that everyone develops a malignancy.
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He is an MD out of Yale who practices both a traditional and alternative medicine. I should have gone to him long ago about my lungs, but I knew that was not his speciality. I was wrong. My doctor said that the Wei preparation looked good and I should try it. (He has studied Chinese medicine, along with a dozen other things.) So I bought the Wei product and began using it cautiously, in smaller than recommended amounts. After the second dose I had trouble breathing for three days.
We went to his primary last Friday, 2/27/09, and he prescribed him Spiriva, I think that is the name of it, and some heavy stomach medicine. The stomach medicine makes him sleep all the time and have very vivid dreams but his coughing has dropped down to maybe two or three fits during an 8 hour period. But now he is so depressed and tired all the time. This has taken it's toll on him. His cough sounds different now. It is not like it was before and his raspiness in his voice is gone.
I will call your heart Dr and have him prescribe Lasix aqnd then she hands me a Rx for Xopenex, Advair and Spiriva. I said why and she said you have COPD! What? COPD! How could I have COPD, I asked. She said do you smoke? No. Ever workat a refinery? Nope. Well what do you do? I was a fishing guide. I work in the fresh air-all my life. Then I don't know, she said, maybe it has something to do with the Interferon! Very bad drug, very bad!
Or are you someone like myself, researching alternative medicine to be able to heal yourself? Or do you just study breathing and want to check out if breathing ex.-s really help cure lung diseases? In my case it's more a connective tissue problem than a lung problem, which makes it slightly different. Though of course, getting oxygenated is of primary importance in curing ANY illness. Would you have any suggestions if, let's say, I had just a lingering GENERAL VIRAL INFECTION, e.g.
Was still cycling with periods of breathing problems, prednisone and antibiotics. We added in Spiriva last year though I do not have COPD, and my asthma has come under control. My energy isn’t great, but not bad. The Asthma is always just below the surface if I exert myself much, but not to the extent of needing neither prednisone nor hospitalization. I consider my situation to still be in flux, worried the other shoe will fall, but am doing okay now and keep my fingers crossed.
Right now I take Norco and Soma 3 times a day vit D3, vit c, Diovan ( I have slight high blood pressure with a small anurysm in my brain) Spiriva for COPD and Ambien 10 mg to sleep. The pain meds just barely help my general muscle pain but, I really don't want to get on any higher narcotics. I have finally accepted the Fibro as I fought having it for 5 years and that took lots of my energy. Any responses would be greatly appreciated as we can learn so much from each other.
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