Posted by: BMJ | 2011/08/08

Lightheaded and salty

Dear Doc

Last week Tuesday I had a severe asthma attack for which I received emergency medical attention. Upon dischagre the doc gave me Klacid xl and prednisone. I dont have difficulty breathing anymore but I still feel very dizzy and weak. I have been sleeping at least 15 hours a day and when I do try and get up I feel weak and dizzy. I have finished the antibiotic. My phlem has an unusual salty taste - like seawater salty. I am normaly a young healthy non smoker. Is it the medication that is making me feel so ill?

Could you please advise me what to do next. My gp is away until Wednesday.

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The medication can be the cause of your symptoms but it is normal to feel weak after such a severe asthma attack. I do however, suggest that you ask your doctor to test for other reasons why you are so extremely tired and dizzy. Sinusitis can cause dizziness due to pressure inside the sinusses, as well as the inner ear. Other possibilities are electrolyte disturbances, hormonal abnormalities, vitamin deficiencies and metabolic disease.


Dr Anrich

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