May 7, 2007 5:47 AM Subscribe
[AsthmaFilter] - Will daily intake of a therapy spray like Alvesco (Ciclesonid) cause your asthma to become worse once you stop? It seems to have happened to me. Is it possible to become asthma free without the medicines?
posted by markesh to Health & Fitness (15 answers total) 1 user marked this as a favorite
I've never been much of an asthmatic, just occasionally, related to a change of season or proximity to horses. However, a year back or so, my asthma grew worse, probably because my girlfriend was riding horses.
So I started a spray combo for the first time in my life - Salbutamol for attacks and Ciclesonid to be taken daily. For the last few months, I've not had asthma, and I decided to stop taking the Ciclesonid. A few days after I stopped, I started having asthma - a lot more than I ever had in my life!
And this leads me to the assumption that daily intake of an asthma inhibitor is causing my lungs to not be able to deal with the problem on their own.
I asked my doctor when I can stop taking Ciclesonid, and she said that Asthma is a lifelong sickness, and I may have to take it forever. Well, I had asthma from 8-16, and from 16-24 no attacks. So I know I can spend years without having asthma. So obviously I do not want to be stuck on a spray when there is no need for it.
I refuse to take a spray my life long. The question is - does prolonged use of this spray make me dependent on it, and also, how best do I stop using it?