Running On Symbicort (Eia)Exercise Induced Asthma
Posted 23 August 2011 - 02:25 PM
I have been diagnosed with Exercise Induced Asthma and was prescribed an inhaler called 'Symbicort 200/6'.
Reading the side affects and they are really scary and not what a runner wants to hear: elevated heart rate, lethargy, depression, weight gain, ulcers and the list goes on and one.
Just wondering if anyone in CR land is taking Symbicort for the treatment of ashtma and how they are finding it, including the side affects if any ?
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Posted 23 August 2011 - 02:49 PM
Posted 23 August 2011 - 03:13 PM
My doctor did stress the importance of rinsing/gargling when using it though.
Didnít know about the weight gain part though Ė now I have something to blame!
Posted 23 August 2011 - 03:18 PM
+lots. You'll have a nasty dry sore throat if you don't.
I've been on it for yonks and can't say I've noticed any significant side effects. Interesting about the depression, though. Hmmmm......
Posted 23 August 2011 - 03:38 PM
Posted 23 August 2011 - 03:43 PM
1% of the time.
Posted 06 April 2013 - 04:46 AM
Edited by johnnyboy29, 06 April 2013 - 04:48 AM.
Posted 06 April 2013 - 04:11 PM
Posted 06 April 2013 - 05:21 PM
Agree - I swam national level on something very simliar (because symbicort wasn't aronud then) and now run on it, as far as I am aware as a health professional the risk of side effects is much lower than the potential side effects of not being able to breathe...
Posted 06 April 2013 - 05:46 PM
Posted 07 April 2013 - 11:53 PM
I have been using Seretide (essentially the same as Symbicort) for about 8 years now and have never been healthier. My ventolins (which I used to use 2-3 times a day) now go out of date before I use them up. I could not tell you the last time I used a ventolin- it would be months. I don't carry ventolin with me on a run- I simply don't need to. Of course when I do get a cold or the flu I drop like a stone and take longer to recover but that's my dodgy lungs, not the Seretide.
As for rinsing mouth and throat after a dose- I just brush my teeth. 2 jobs done at once.
The side effects are mostly dose-related, which means that at the doses you're using (200 micrograms per dose) you're unlikely to experience weight gain, ulcers, fluid retention or any of the other side effects normally expected if you were to swallow a dose. Oral (tablet or swallowed liquid) doses are usually in the 5-25milligram range, so anything from 25 to 125 times the amount you're getting from a 200/6 Symbicort.
Symbicort is used both long-term (to control asthma-type symptoms) and on a 'when needed' basis for exercise-induced asthma. I'm not sure which has been prescribed to you, Sammo, but follow your doctor's instructions for whichever treatment has been recommended for you.
One final thing- when recommended for long-term use the benefit from using something like Symbicort or Seretide has been shown to keep accruing for weeks or even months after the start of therapy, so if you're advised to take it long term you can expect to continue to gain benefits from it for quite a while. If it's only been prescribed on an as-needed basis then it's because your doctor doesn't believe your lungs need it all the time, and taking it regularly in such circumstances would just be a waste. As always, if you have any specific questions- they're best asked of your doctor or pharmacist who know you and your history.
Life wasn't meant to be wheezy.