24 Jul 2012
As both of my children had asthma, I did exactly as my pediatrician told me. Why would you want to stop the maintenance therapy that's keeping you asthma free? Is it now not working, are you having s/e?
The educated answer here is a resounding NO. Please call your physician before you make any medication change. With asthma, not being able to breathe is terrifying and dangerous.
24 Jul 2012
Hi snakemom - that answer is NO! Suddenly stopping medications can have very dangerous and unwanted side effects including worsening symptoms including sudden death. What are you thinking??? I mean, what is your reasoning for wanting to just "stop"? Very, very bad idea... I would contact the doctor immediately and have an honest conversation about whatever it is that has you wanting to stop this med for either yourself or a child.
24 Jul 2012
Hi snakemom, I guess I would answer this (having asthma myself) with a question as to why you would want to stop this therapy? I am giving you alink to read that explains the use of this edication & why you should or shouldn't use it. It's not a rescue inhaler obviously, but more of a preventative. I hope if you asthma is controlled you don't feel the need for it. or if it's an expense problem that can be helped through patient assistance prgrams with the company that makes it. Also do you use a rescue inhaler or anything else for your asthma? My asthma is allergy related so I can't use this medicine, but if it's working my thoughts on it would be to continue wioth the theray. If it isn't working, you need to speak with your doctor to find something else that will help.
I take theophylline ER, which is an older type of medication, but it works for me.I have had the same thoughts as you about 'well, I haven't had a bad attack so why keep taking it'?, BUT! if I don't I could be taking my own life in my hands. Talk to your doc & see what his thoughts are, please...
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