One of the frequent questions I've seen here and on other asthma websites is whether asthma can be safely treated with (cheaper) over the counter medicines. So, I thought I'd use this post to explore the answers to that question.
Before I get started, though, let's refresh your memory about a couple of asthma facts:
Asthma is very treatable. While asthma is a chronic, long-term illness that often can't be avoided in the first place, the good news is that it is fairly easily treatable in most cases. With the right treatment, people who have asthma should be able to live full, active lives without many -- or any -- limits.
The best treatment for the majority of people with asthma is a daily or twice daily inhaled steroid. Of course, no one medicine works best for everyone, but research has shown that inhaled steroids are generally the most effective asthma medicine. If they are used correctly, as prescribed, they should control your symptoms most of the time.
I have migraines all the time at least twice a month. My doctor has given me Vicodin and it really helps. She has also given me Flexeril and Naproxen. I cannot take the Flexeril because it makes me fall asleep and the Naproxen is useless.
My Doctor is concerned that I am going to become addicted to the Vicodin but this was the point of me going to the doc. because I was money on Naproxen and every other over the counter pain and migraine medicine. I don't know what to do to let me doctor know that I'm not going to become addicted to the Vicodin because I only take it when I feel a migraine coming on.
I don't know if migraines are hereditary but, my mother and brother and aunt all have migraines as well. I work at a desk job where I am on the phone a lot and I have some problems with tension in my neck. I don't drink caffeine or eat foods that trigger the migraines but, I believe they are related to stress. I am also on Wellbutrin for depression. ...
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