I have, for the past two years, been dealing with serious issued due to my asthma. Last year at the beginning of the year I began taking some new medication. Xolair, which is given every two weeks, two shots at a time. My Pulmonologist also prescribed for me Combivent and the ProAir HFA. Now, these two are inhalers, and he had told me to use the Combivent for maintenance. I did this for close to a year. October of last year, I realized, my condition was not getting any better. I had decided it might be time for a new doctor. So, I put my auto deliveries of Xolair on hold and changed doctors. I’ve had to wait to see this new doctor because he was not taking in new patients until now.
Today was my first appointment. I am both angry and relieved. I am angry because I came to learn that what I was initially told was a maintenance medication, Combivent, is actually an emergency inhaler. Combivent is a combination of two drugs, one of which is albuterol, ProAir is albuterol. I’ve been double dosing myself basically for nearly a year. It’s been so bad that I’ve been using these inhalers 6 to 8 times a day. It’s no wonder I’m tired all the time!!! Honestly, I’m surprised I’ve not dropped dead of a heart attack.
My new doctor gave me a new maintenance medication, along with instructions to ONLY use one inhaler and only as needed. He also called me a little while ago because he’d forgotten to tell me to begin taking Allegra and also to tell me he called in medication to the pharmacy for post nasal drip. He took x-rays and even did a pulmonary breathing test in his office.
I finally feel like I’m actually going to start getting better! You really have to be your own advocate. I wish I had done this sooner. I may not have struggled so much with my breathing.