Controlling Your Asthma
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How well controlled is your asthma? We learned how to take charge with tips and answers from WebMD's asthma expert, Paul Enright, MD when he joined us on May 11, 2005.
The opinions expressed herein are the guests' alone and have not been reviewed by a WebMD physician. If you have questions about your health, you should consult your personal physician. This event is meant for informational purposes only.
If acid reflux is the cause of your nighttime cough, then a stomach acid blocker taken every day for one month will determine whether or not you have GERD.
"As needed" albuterol is a bronchodilator for asthma treatment and if you awaken from cough and take two puffs of the albuterol then the cough should resolve within 10 minutes, otherwise it was probably not due to bronchospasms or asthma. There are much better asthma medicines than albuterol, however.
About 5 out of 10 patients respond to Singulair; about 8 out of 10 respond to inhaled corticosteroids; and about 9 out of 10 respond to long-acting bronchodilators; however, they may cause side effects and should not be used by themselves.
There is no way to predict whether an individual patient will respond to these three types of asthma-controller medications. You just have to work with your doctor to try each one to see what works for you .
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