The doctor gave my daughter Brio. She has been on Xopenex and Atrovent. Those two meds were given to her at the hospital for phnemonia which she recovered from in April. Her symptoms are deep coughing, shortness of breath, but she also has a deviated septum making it hard to breathe through her nose and she gets sinus infections a lot. Sinus infections are common, I think because of the deviated septum. But she can't get that operated on because of other problems she has. So we're stuck!
We went to a pulmonologist who gave her Brio. It says not to prescribe it if she's stable on a coticasteriod (spelling?) steroid. Well Xopenex and Atrovent are not sterioids. So no she's not stable on a steroid….since she's not taking one.
I'm not asking for medical advise. I said all that to say: Brio can cause phnemonia and sinus/respiratory infections which she already has a lot. What a mess! I don't want to give her the Brio. Also it can cause asthma death …. they say not as MUCH as with a steroid which IS in Brio but they don't give numbers! They don't offer statistics on death with Brio.
I've read for days and still have no answers. I'm half tempted to try FLONAISE as it's a steroid….over the counter. I know….talk to your doctor. I've seen one PCP and one pulmonologist. They disagree on med types. the only thing I like about brio is that it's once a day and she is mentally disabled so has a nurse AM and PM…..I am afraid to leave any inhalers with her as she may be out of breathe and take a dose….whether it's time or not. Scary. I'm only asking of your experiences. Not medical advise. I'm stuck with that impossible task I guess. If anyone can relate please reply. Thanks. Lynne