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Wednesday, December 22, 2010 Jenbo551, Community Member, asks

Q: Not responding to Prednisone.. Still coughing

I am asthmatic and take Advair 500/50 twice daily and Nasonex.  I was diagnosed with Bronchitis this week and given antibiotics and a Medrol pack to control my spasms.  The Medrol did not work after 48 hours so I went back to the doctor and was given an injection of 80mg of Prednisone as well as an injection of another antibiotic.  Now 36 hours later after the injections, I still have no relief from my bronchial spasms. I feel so horrible now due to coughing so hard.  I have an appointment with a Pulmonologist tomorow and I sure hope he can help me break this cough.  Has anyone else not responded to Prednisone?  Any suggestions for what else I can try?

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John Bottrell, Health Pro
12/24/10 4:54pm

I'd be interested to see what the pulmonologist says.  Usually asthma responds well to prednisone, yet there are occasions it doesn't.  What did he say during your appointment?

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Jenbo551, Community Member
12/24/10 5:46pm

He was surprised that did not break the cough.. But he felt it was helping with the imflammation and wheezing and didn't feel I needed more.  My PFT's were very good but I had taken all my medicine before I went so I go back in two weeks to repeat the PFT's (will not take asthma meds that morning). He added Qvar and Singulair to my regimen as well as an additional few days of Levaquin.  When I woke up today - My cough was much better.  Not sure how long it takes for the Qvar to kick in, but something is definately working finally.  Next stop is to the allergist.

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By Jenbo551, Community Member— Last Modified: 12/26/10, First Published: 12/22/10