• Jerry Jerry
    April 10, 2009
    Alternative to advair and symbicort with less side effects?
    Jerry Jerry
    April 10, 2009

    Both Advair and Symbicort leave a horrible oral thrush side effect—even worse with Symbicort, including lesions on the tongue that bleed a lot. I am also taking Plavix, which makes the lesions even worse. I am currently back on Advair, but I am hoping to find something that has tolerable side effects, yet still works on asthma symptoms. Any suggestions?

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  • John Bottrell
    Health Pro
    April 11, 2009
    John Bottrell
    Health Pro
    April 11, 2009

    Good question.  There really is no alternative to Advair and symbicort, as they are the only meds that have both the long acting bronchodilator and the corticosteroid combination to prevent bronchospasm and combat chronic inflammation. 

     

    However, it's such a great medicine for asthma I'd hate to see you quit using it due to thrush.  Thankfull, there is a way to prevent and treat thrush.  Check out this link here for some solutions.

     

    I hope this helps.  If you have further questions please let us know.

     

     

    • Josey
      September 09, 2012
      Josey
      September 09, 2012

      Thank you for your advice.  I do need to express what happened to me, something I would not advise.  I was a heavy smoker for many years, and stopped smoking after an ambulance ride.  COPD spasm one dr. told me.  Basically the airways constricted real bad all at once, I was literally suffocating.  It was like all of a sudden sucking a marshmellow down my wind pipe.  I may have died if it wasn't for my neighbor's ability to understand grunts and gasps.

       

      I was on antibiotics and predizone bursts.  In a short time, my lungs cleared and wheezing stopped.  It was real hard to breath, so another burst.  As the last predizone burst was ending I was starved for air again, something that was not happening when smoking.  I left a message on the COPD International web site and asked why I could breath better when I smoked.  When I woke up at night unable to breath, I would have a smoke then sleep like a baby the rest of the night.

       

      Their response was amazing.  There are chemicals in cigarette smoke that ARE bronchial dilators.  I am kinda mad at the AMA for not letting smokers know this....  Breathing better at night after a cigarette just fed my denial.  That denial contributed to me smoking longer.  Other smokers were amazed when I told them that, they said it (breathing better) was the same for them too.

       

      Maybe there needs to be research done to see if the chemicals in cigarette smoke can be used?  Maybe the chemicals are different then all on market today?  Maybe that is actually a real cheap venue that would slap down Symbacort's $285/inhaler/month income?  Like $3,420/year

       

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