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Real Patients: Medications


So as it went on, as I got older, my asthma became worse. And I've gone through allergy shots. Three different times of allergy treatments with shots in North Dakota, California, and then here at Eglin.

I take a pill at night to help for my allergies and my asthma. And then in the mornings I take another type of inhaler. I guess you can say that it's more of a powder. And then when needed, I'll use a rescue inhaler. But it's not as often as long as I stay on my certain regimen. And at night I have to take a nasal spray to help keep my allergies under control so I can breath at night.

Part of COPD is a mucus buildup in your esophagus that prevents you from breathing. So I'm on a lot of medications to reduce that. And I'm also on steroids, which keep down the inflammation in my lungs. But they have side effects that I don't like. But it's... you have to use it.

And I may need to go on a regular dosage of artificial, you know, steroids. 'Cause steroids can do two things. They can help clear an inflammation infection when I have the bronchiectasis. And that seems to be the only thing that really works, along with antibiotics sometimes.

I have two inhalers that I use. One in the morning and the evening. It has a bronchodilator steroid. During the day I have another inhaler that I use either as needed or four times a day.

They've got me on several regimens of bronchodilators that I do twice a day.

I was on three inhalers. One for rescue and then two for long-lasting.

My response to the medications they placed me on on COPD have been good. I've been on a couple of the inhalers.

The goal is not to use your rescue inhaler frequently. And if you're using it frequently than you need to make sure your physician is aware of that. So they can look at possibly providing or putting you on other medication.

The medications that were prescribed to me didn't do, you know, too much for me.

After a while you find that some of them work, some of them don't work. It depends on the person. I've been in contact with other people with COPD and what works for them might not work for me and vice versa.

The medical treatment has grown so much in 30 years. There's not just one thing that they can do for you. There's lots of medications they can do for you. And that can give you a better quality of life.