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23 Jul 2010

Asthma
I was diagnosed with asthma about 25 years ago, and was on an inhaler until the symptoms subsided. I did not have subsequent symptoms and took no medication since. I am a healthy 45 year old female. Recently, I have again presented with asthma symptoms and did a Lung Function Test, which indicated that I needed asthma medication. My doctor prescribed Symbicort and Singulair, whichhe said I would need to be on indefinitely. I feel very reluctant to take the inhaled corticosteroids, though, because I also have osteopenia and my mass is only 40 kg. I fear that I will exacerbate the risk of osteoporosis with the use of steroids. I bought a peak flow expiration meter and achieve about 400 L/s on most days. For my mass and height, this is only about 5% below normal lung function (420L/s). I run and exercise normally and feel that I have no other asthma symptoms. Should I be on Symbicort and Singulair given my almost normal lung function? And would I be doing irreversible damage to my lungs if I don''t take the medication?
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CyberDoc
cyberdoc

01 Jan 0001

Symbicort is a safe product to use, designed to control asthma and has little or no systemic side-effects. I will advise that you use the medication prescribed.

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Dr Anrich Burger
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