How to focus when my asthma inhaler makes me jittery and distracted?
March 9, 2013 4:48 PM Subscribe
After 8-9 months of escalating breathing problems, I saw a pulmonologist this week and was diagnosed with mild persistent asthma. He gave me a Dulera inhaler, to be used 2x daily. It's a mix of a corticosteroid and a long-acting bronchodilator (formoterol fumarate). It's definitely helping my breathing! But the bronchodilator is giving me serious jitters -- usually starting a few hours after I use the inhaler. When this feeling comes on, my hands shake, my body feels weird, and I have a hard time focusing on mental tasks.
posted by Artifice_Eternity to health & fitness (15 answers total)
This is a problem, because (1) the jitters start in the mid-afternoon, while I'm at work, and they are interfering with my concentration on work matters, and (2) they persist into the evening, when I'm at home and trying to focus on personal projects. I already tend to be somewhat easily distractable... but over the years I've come up with various tricks and methods for staying on task (making lists, breaking tasks into smaller tasks, listening to music, etc.). However, these medication-induced jitters are making my techniques less effective.
Last year, a different doctor gave me an albuterol rescue inhaler; it also creates a jittery feeling, but that usually comes on quickly and doesn't last long. The formoterol jitters are something else -- they are really making it hard for me to get stuff done! So: any ideas for coping with this kind of thing?