... becomes less and less effective? I have been having a lot of wheezing and mucus build-up recently and I am using my Advair just like always
Yes this is not super uncommon. Your Pulmonologist will likely either increase your dose or switch your medication if your body has built a resistance.
Best wishes !
If you have mucus build up, use Mucinex 600 or 1200. If you can't control the mucus, you may want to question if you have Bronchiectasis. Mucus comes along with it. It shows up on a ct scan. There are little mucus plugs that attach to the lungs , but they don't go away. If you suspect that, get a flutter device and expel the mucus. I was diagnosed two years ago. It is mild, but some people have very bad cases of it. It comes from a childhood disease like whooping cough. It lays dormant for awhile, I think. I had been diagnosed with asthma for at least 7 or 8 years before they recognized the Bx. It mimics Cystic Fibrosis, but is not serious like that disease. You can live okay with it... just need to expel mucus daily.
I was diagnosed by a Hawaiian doctor while I was on vacation. When I got back to the states, my PCP told me that could not be the case. I didn't fit the profile for it. Nonetheless, I was the last child of 6 kids, was a premature baby, and smoked until I was 40. I lived in an immaculate home (Mom was OCD) and I had no recollection of impure drinking water or anything like that. I know that England has a higher percentage of people with the disease than the US. I haven't been able to determine how I got it, but I do know that I had pneumonia in my 40's or 50's. Other than that, there is not much that the doctors say about it. The good thing about it is that with vaccines, our children and grandchildren will probably not get it since childhood diseases are at a minimum nowadays. My suggestion is to try to use Mucinex to get rid of the mucus so you don't get chronic bronchitis. Mucus deteriorates the bronchial tubes. Best wishes in getting your mucus under control.
I also take Advair and don't really trust it since I have read some negative stuff about it. It is keeping me stable so I guess it is good, but I sure wish I could do without all these asthma meds. The list keeps growing and the bruises keep showing up from all the meds.
If you are wheezing, use your Albuterol. If that doesn't work, you may need a short time on Prednisone. That helps a great deal. Just like everyone else, it is trial and error for us. We just try all these meds until something clicks. I would love to go back to the day that aspirin was the only thing I took and that was rare.
No I have been on it for years and it works well for me.
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