Real Patients: Medications

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Real Patients
Some of the medications I take to control the asthma that I have is a nasal sinus rinse that helps with, the saline helps calm things down. A chest menthol-based type rub and also you can do a menthol-based cough drops. That usually will help relax things down. They’re only temporary solutions.

So I, I take two different medications for my asthma. I have my inhaler, which is considered a rescue inhaler. And that I’ll take whenever I feel an asthma attack coming on. Especially if I’m running. That helps me so that I can stop running and slow down; get my heart rate down before it gets too bad.

Another thing is that if I don’t take a steroid inhaler at night and in the morning, I, I’ve been hit, if feels like I was hit by a train.

And then I also take pills daily that they are meant for allergies. But they also are specifically designed to help with asthma and help you be able to breathe throughout the day. And they actually help a lot.

I have two inhalers. One is for the long-term, everyday use that has a medication that’s in it that helps relax and calm down the different things in the lungs that make it relax. The other inhaler I have is a rescue inhaler. The one thing I had to find out the hard way is if you use it too much, you feel like you’re running high and like can’t focus and your brain is like yo, woo hoo, what’s going on?

And then they started giving me all these types of medication to see which one will work. There were inhalers, steroids; finally they did find the certain types of medication that does work throughout the day.

And I don’t necessarily respond to the typical asthma treatment. So it took a little bit of trial and error. Which, it can be frustrating. Because you’re like okay is this medication going to work? Or it works for a little while and then it kind of looses its effect. So that in itself is kind of frustrating but it’s just having the patience to stick with it.

Every time I visit the doctor they will give me a sheet that shows different questions related to the asthma condition. And based off how my answers are, shows how effective the current prescription treatment is ongoing.

But if I go two or three days without using my inhaler then I definitely would probably start having issues with it.

I’m a firm believer that rescue inhaler does work. It helped me and it’s helped my son.