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03 Feb 2004
am 23 and have had asthma for about 3 Years. It all started with having brochictis every six weeks for a year and a half, I have been fairly healthy no bronchictis for about a year and a half now. But for the past three months I have been suffering with chest pain, tight chest and difficulty breathing, I saw my doc and he prescribed Uniphyl 400mg to take daily, I do have a Ventolin asthma pump, which I hate taking as it makes me very shaky - terrible felling. And I leave it to try breath the tight chest out, till a point where I almost cant breath. But lately I am really battling with my chest I have the heavy feeling on it and it almost burns when I breath the Uniphly that the doc gave me works like a dream, but my concern is that it has cortisone - no good for the weighed but i need to breath..... What does the Uniphly actually do and what other alternatives do I have, should i use my neubuliser more often. Please advise me as I am going mad and getting very frustrated. Are these symtoms the same as an astma attak, as this goes on and on- where as a astma attack only last a short period take the ventolin and it goes - this doesn't?
Klee, you van relax; there is no cortisone in Uniphyl®. It contains theophyllin – a drug that opens the airways and suppresses the inflammation associated with asthma. Your asthma is not well controlled and that’s why your doctor should give you a steroid asthma pump lie Inflammide® to help prevent further closing up. The amount of cortisone in these pumps is so little that you can give it to a 2-year old without having to worry about side effects like gaining weight. The Ventolin® is only intended as a “rescue pump” when you block up and is not really intended for daily use. Good luck and let me know if you have more questions.
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