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Old Mar 18th, 2010, 04:00 AM   1
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Asthma Inhalers?


Hi,

I'm allergic to cats and unfortunately I have to live two of them (they're not mine they're OH's!) They're very cute but they make me v wheezy.

I'm getting desensitised (sp?) to them now but still take occasional Loratidine antihistamines which are apparently okay according to the Nhs website. However, I have a brown inhaler (preventer) and a blue one. I only ever get asthma through allergies and I've stopped taking my brown one (and only use the blue one about twice a week) because I've no clue if I can take it or not. Anyone else know?

Thanks in advance!
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Old Mar 18th, 2010, 04:30 AM   2
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ive been taking my blue one. i need it and i dont think theyd give me anything else. i also have a red one which ive stopped taking because its a steroid inhalor. i have m/w today so will ask her, and let you know. xxx



 
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Old Mar 18th, 2010, 04:36 AM   3
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Thanks - that would be lovely if you could! My brown one is also a steroid inhaler I think. I've stopped that one but I guess if I kept using that one then I wouldn't need my blue one? Trying to figure out which is the lesser of two evils!

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Old Mar 18th, 2010, 04:38 AM   4
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You need to stay on your inhalers. My asthma got worse in pregnancy, not that it's going to harm you but it's best to stay on them. If you aren't getting oxygen, neither is your baby.



 
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Old Mar 18th, 2010, 04:40 AM   5
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yea same. i figured it should only be going to my lungs. ive also stopped taking two puffs, and only one now.
which isnt helping as i have a cold



 
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Old Mar 18th, 2010, 04:44 AM   6
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I went to the docs about my inhalers when I got my BFP, and was told the benefits outweigh the risks with inhalers, its better to have a mummy with conrolled asthma than not. As someone pointed out above, its very harmful to you and the baby if you don't get enough oxygen due to not taking them.



 
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Old Mar 18th, 2010, 04:45 AM   7
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i just got this online,

Not only is using an asthma inhaler safe during pregnancy, it's recommended to keep your asthma under control. According to a 1993 report, "The known risks of uncontrolled asthma are far greater than the known risks to the mother or fetus from asthma medication." Although most women with asthma have perfectly normal, healthy babies, uncontrolled asthma can result in too little oxygen getting to the baby, increasing the risk for low birthweight and other problems. Uncontrolled asthma can also increase your risk for pregnancy complications such as pre-eclampsia (development of swelling, high blood pressure, and protein in the urine) and excessive vomiting.


so i'm guessing to stick with them. hope it helps xxx



 
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Old Mar 18th, 2010, 05:41 AM   8
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PLEASE TAKE YOUR INHALERS

Don't stop taking your steriod inhalers - you could end up having a serious asthma attack & needing oral steriods - much worse for you & baby than the inhaled ones.

I asked my doc straight away as I have v bad asthma with a history of hospitalisations. I have been taken off one type of tablet that was helping to control me but none of my inhalers. I was told that they are completely safe in pregnany & are even used in some cases to prevent labour from occuring so v safe to be used regularly by asthma sufferers. It's not ok to just stop taking them. You could end up in huge trouble. If you are controlled then you could try jumping down a stage & seeing how it goes but don't just stop taking them.

Please remember people die from asthma still so it's not worth the risk of not taking your steroid inhalers.

Lecture over with!



 
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Old Mar 18th, 2010, 05:48 AM   9
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Thanks so much everyone! Going to dig my brown inhaler out the cupboard and start taking it again.

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Old Mar 18th, 2010, 07:05 AM   10
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Yep definitely take all your inhalers, an attack will be so stressful for you and the baby. Remember they're free now too!!



 
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