Posted by: Demitri | 2009/01/18

Sports induced asthma

Hi Doc,

I am 35 years old. 8 years back I cycled competitively and on the occasion suffered from sport induced asthma - not from being unfit I was very fit and only suffered an occasional attack. Once I suffered from the attack during hard sessions or during a race it would take a night’ s wrest for my lungs to fully recover. After an attack even a small hill or slight exertion would close my lungs again.
Now eight year later I have started racing again, on two occasions my lungs closed up, I visited a doctor and he has prescribed Symbicord 160 4.5. My question to you is will I have to be stuck on this for ever, I don’ t like the idea of constantly taking medication (currently take 1 puff in the morning and one at night) Wouldn’ t it be better to get a medication simply for an actual attack. I don’ t feel bad taking the meds but as mentioned just don’ t like the idea of taking meds all the time. Should I possibly wean myself off it or will the occasional attacks reoccur?

Thanks for your feedback Doc,


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Dear Demitri

Thank you for visiting

The medication that you are using is very spesific for brocho-spasm. I do not recommend that you stop using this medication. I suggest that you also use Combivent, two puffs, a half an hour before your races/exercising. You can however, consult a Pulmonologist, for a second opinion.


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