... and coughing up mucous. Have had these for the last ten years. I don't want to start taking meds (steriod inhaler) unless I have to... don't like the side effects and don't like taking medicines in general unless necessary. I want to know what would happen if I didn't take the inhaler. I don't feel I need it... haven't had any "attacks". What are the long term effects? Thanks
I was diagnosed with asthma 6 years ago that is allergy induced. I never had a problem until I moved to Arizona which is now one of the worst places for allergies. I was prescribed Singulair 10mg. and given an albuterol inhaler. The Singulair has eliminated 95% of my asthmatic condition and I use the inhaler for the occasional "attack" when it is very windy, dusty and the pollen counts are extremely high. With Singulair I have had 0..zero side effects, albuterol can cause some minor jitteriness like Sudafed does thus I switched over to Sudafed PE with no ephedrine but I have noticed no other side effects neither short nor long term. The albuterol gives me almost immediate short term results as Singulair gives me a long term solution to my condition. You may want to mention it to your doctor. If price is a factor then definitely go with Albuterol as it is generic and a fraction of the cost of Singulair.
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