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Old 03-24-2013, 02:16 PM   #16
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Originally Posted by luvsviola

Pulicort is an anti-inflammatory maintenance med. You give it in addition to albuterol when coughing. It takes 2 weeks to fully get in the system, according to my pulminologist. For someone who is coughing, his first response is a round of prednisone, albuterol 4 times a day (with a 5th in the middle of the night if it is bad), and pulmicort twice a day. You do that for 2 weeks to cut the major inflammation. Then, you wean back to albuterol twice and pulmicort twice, and then just to pulmicort.

His take is that inflammation and coughing=lung damage, so he starts with the heavy hitters. He'd rather over medicate and stop the damage than under-medicate and allow it to build to more.

I would definitely ask for a pulminology referral.
Thanks. In our case, where the pulmicort seems to be making it worse, would you still give it? She has been taking it all thru winter with no problems. Just this time, it made het cough worse to the point she was coughing constantly thru the night and threw up a few times
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