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    Sweetana: Can I ask what your asthma medicine is? My mom has asthma and she takes Brio with good results.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rogar View Post
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    I guess my point is that it's not an exact science.
    I don't think it's science at all; it's about strong-arm marketing. Aside from the side effects mentioned above, it's my opinion that statin (and other Pharma drug) use is what's filling up dialysis centers. Kidney failure is a known side effect.

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    I take Advair daily and Alburterol for rescue needs. Tried to wean off and impossible. Probably have some serious allergies involved.

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    Thanks, Sweetana. DH has untreated COPD and just uses a rescue inhaler. I'm pretty sure we need to get him on something else.

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    See that now the blood pressure numbers have been lowered so that more people will show high blood pressure, and therefore, HAVE to take more drugs. I agree. Marketing!

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    Rosa, the rescue inhaler puffs for me only last 2 hours exactly. The Advair is a 12 hour drug and for me it is a 24 hour drug (although when I told the MD she thought I was crazy). The only time I take it twice a day is when i have a cold or other illness. It is expensive!!! I have good insurance. I have very sensitive bronchial tubes or the little hairs inside as I describe them.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sweetana3 View Post
    Rosa, the rescue inhaler puffs for me only last 2 hours exactly. The Advair is a 12 hour drug and for me it is a 24 hour drug (although when I told the MD she thought I was crazy). The only time I take it twice a day is when i have a cold or other illness. It is expensive!!! I have good insurance. I have very sensitive bronchial tubes or the little hairs inside as I describe them.
    Im afraid my old school doctor is very near retirement. I went through this before. Do you know how hard it is to track down a doctor who: 1. Actually does an examination and doesnít send a Physicians Assistant to do the work? 2. Doesnít carry a laptop into the exam room but instead writes illegible scribble into a yellow folder ( I prefer the scribble to be illegible ) and 3. Actually says I donít think we need to do that test.

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    Sweetana, I do the same thing as you. I only use it once a day unless sick. I tried to go without but it did not work well for me.

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    Seeetana - after 15 yeas on advair I saw an asthma allergy specialist and started getting allergy shots. It took three years or more, but I eventually was able to stop using all my asthma medication, except for when I get an upper respiratory infection. It's miraculous.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Williamsmith View Post
    Im afraid my old school doctor is very near retirement. I went through this before. Do you know how hard it is to track down a doctor who: 1. Actually does an examination and doesn’t send a Physicians Assistant to do the work? 2. Doesn’t carry a laptop into the exam room but instead writes illegible scribble into a yellow folder ( I prefer the scribble to be illegible ) and 3. Actually says I don’t think we need to do that test.
    It probably is hard to find a doctor who can tick all three boxes. #2 is going to be the hardest because, like every other employed person, the doctor is being leaned on by his/her superiors to improve efficiency and by the clinic's legal staff to document the bejabbers out of everything. Medical transcriptionists cost money, so doctors enter their own records now, electronically. If you find someone old-school enough to scribble, they're likely taking their own free time to transcribe.

    I've actually listed a PA as my "doctor" more than someone with an MD or DO after his/her name. The PA sees far more of me (literally!) than the doctor ever does, has more time to answer my questions, and (OK, luck of the draw here) has been far more approachable as far as letting self-management address health conditions and in going after tests I request. I get better care from a PA so I'm fine with 'em at my clinic.
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