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Old 09-21-2003, 05:00 AM
Amanda
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What do you think of a 3 year old taking Xopenex, and pulmicort and flonaise and Zyrtec? My step daughter has supposedly been prescribed all of this medication for allergies and asthma. She is so overmedicated all the time and her home is filthy. What do you think all of these medicines can be doing to her at the age of 3. Should I be concerned?<br>Help! Please respond.
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Old 10-12-2005, 05:00 AM
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Well for starters, she needs to live in a clean home especially with with asthma and allergies. A filthy home will just cause an increase in symptoms. That aside, all of the drugs she has been prescribed are for totally different purposes. And if she has the problems you describe then she probably does need them all. Xopenex is a bronchodilator and helps keep her asthma under control. Pulmicort is an inhaled steroid and is used for her lungs also. Flonase is for nasal allergies and to keep her nose from running all the time. Zyrtec is also for allergies, if she seems overly medicated that might be a side effect of Zyrtec as it can cause drowsiness. If you have other concerns then her father should talk to her doctor about them. Hope this helps.
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Old 12-02-2005, 06:00 AM
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My son's daily treatment consists of pulmicort once a day. When he has flare ups, his treatment consists of pulmicort (twice a day), xopenex (ranging from every 4 hrs to 8 hrs a day), zyrtex (at bedtime) and, during allergy season, singulaire (once a day). It has been working. I do note hyperactivity and increased aggressiveness. He has been going through this routine for the past year and a half.
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Old 12-03-2005, 06:00 AM
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My daughter is on the same medications and hasn't been well until we found this mix. The Xopenex is used only when she has problems but I can honestly say for my daughter, I am grateful these drugs exist. She is 2 and hasn't been well until we started. Depending on the allergies, her filthy home may be a major concern but that is something to be discussed after allergy testing. Gratefully, my daughter is not allergic to dust mites, but I still attempt to keep a neat house. All I can say is I am so glad to have found a good allergy and asthma specialist.
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Old 12-03-2005, 06:00 AM
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My son is now 5years old and has been taking xopenex since he was 2yrs. He contracted rsv at three months. every winter he would get a cold that would go strait to his lungs.It would end up in a severe caes of pneumonia.He was hospitalized two to three times a year. fighting with reactive airways he ways taking albuteral q2hrs along with prednisone and flowmax. His heart rate would jump to 180's. Usally he was so exhausted from fighting to breathe that once he recieved a treatment he would fall alseep from exhaustion. At the end of our second year his doctor prescribe xopenex to be used every 6 to 8 hours.With this change in medication he was able to go longer between treatments. Where the albuteral bearly helped him the xopenex gave hime relief.Now when ever he gets sick I start him off woth xopenex and we are able to keep him out of the hospital. He even gives himself his own treatments. He is also able to take the chewable singular with has help as a preventative measure. this last winter we only had one bout of respitory distress.
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Old 12-03-2005, 06:00 AM
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I am a respiratory therapist and it seems to me that a three year old should not be on so many steroids. If the child really has sever asthma start with cleaning the house and using a vacume and central air with HEPA filtration. Maybe she needs to be on an allergy drug but not pulmicort. Second why does a three year old have chronic rhinitius enough to use flonase. I would consult a pulmonoligist instead of your current MD.
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