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Advair inhaler not working for Asthma RX - any suggestions?

hello! i was diagnosed with asthma just recently. Im 25 years old and i have no asthma before or any respiratory problems whatsoever. Now i have the asthma and whats worse is that i have severe cough, tightening of the chest, shortness of breath, til i cannot breath. I am taking my nebulizer everyday at home and my inhaler but though it seems that it only gives me a short period of relief and with that, everything cycles again. i have my attacks at home and on work place. I am not consulting my doctor anymore cause nothing seems to work and just kinda frustrated of my case. I am using advair inhaler. Want to replace it. Any suggestions? help me improve my condition. Thanks!
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replied September 27th, 2007
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If the Meds Are Not Working It May Not Be Asthma!
Hello tatzie,
I too went thru many doctors, i have both asthma and vcd. VCD Vocal Cord Dysfunction. I see the top specialist in asthma and vcd.
If you are taking meds and you are not getting relief, it could be vcd, vcd happens because of heartburn that is uncontrolled for many years and it causes the vocal cords to be reactive to some of the same issues, ie pollens, dust, allergys.
Asthma comes from the chest, when bad it feels like a boot on your chest. VCD comes from the throat, you can hear and feel the vibration, no meds will fix this problem, sorry, its only fixed by doing breathing exercises, go to this web page http//:icantbreathesuspectvcd.com read everything and get your family doctor to send you to a lung specialist and a speech therapist, they can teach you the difference. all the best ww
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replied October 8th, 2007
Time to see another doctor for a second oppinion.

It's hard to comment on your condition without more information.

I was on Advair for 3 months. It helped relieve my chest tightness almost immediately - but longer term usage left me with more symptoms than I had before.

I'm currently taking Singulair and stopped taking the Advair.

It all depends on your symptoms and history.

Are you seeing a pulmonary specialist?
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replied October 12th, 2007
Re When Advair Is Not Working For Asthma
I had the same problem with advair doing nothing. In fact, I ended up on prednisone due to the ineffectiveness of advair. I switched to Qvar and am doing 100 % better !
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replied October 12th, 2007
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I see a pulmonolgist and I am on Advair 500/50. I have an appointment on Monday and going to ask him to put me back on Singulair again. My asthma is not holding well anymore and I am using my rescue inhailer way too much. So, I am hoping that the Singulair will help fill the gap. I was on 250/50 and just last month got bump up to the 500/50. I can tell the difference in it's working. I also have multitudes of airborne allergies, which don't help.
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replied February 11th, 2012
I have been on Advair 250/50. For several years it helped, but my asthma symptoms have returned. I was prescribed a steroid to knock down the symptoms, have been on 500/50 Advair for several weeks, and my symptoms are getting worse. I will see my doctor again Friday to hopefully find a medication that helps. Any more advice on meds that have helped?
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