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I really don't know how to begin this but would just like to share with you all some success I'm having at the moment.
I've been poorly for quite a long time. this bout anyway, which seemed to be my asthma out of control, I still have BX of course.
During October I was prescribed Septrin a daily antibiotic. As far as I knew I didn't have any side effects. But I seemed to be going from one course of prednisolone to the next because of breathing difficulties.
I kept seeing the GP who wasn't much help and finally put me on a graduated dose of steroids...coming down 1mg every 3 days. That would have meant I wouldn't finish this course until almost the end of February. I wasn't prepared to do that!!
I started wondering if the Septrin was causing me 'breathlessness'? I checked the side affects...yes was possible so I rang my pharmacist (Saturday afternoon) and she suggested I stopped it for 48hrs and also monitored my peak flow...it was a poorly 150 at that time.
Almost immediately I noticed the difference and my peak flow increased to 200.
I also had another 'light bulb' moment. My asthma has always been allergy related so I started taking a daily antihistamine again. (I'd stopped taking them back in 2016 when a nutritionist wanted a blood test, I didn't restart them and shortly afterwards was diagnosed with BX.)
I can't tell you all how different my breathing is now....peak flow 250, 8 days off Septrin and 5 days with an antihistamine. I altered the dose of the prednisolone to down 5mg every 3 days so am due to finish those on Tuesday.
I know my consultant won't have a problem with any of this self discovery and altering the meds around. The GP would be an entirely different matter...LOL.
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