Asthma Medication Concerns – The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia (5 of 7)
28
August

By Adem Lewis / in , , , /


>>THE CONTROLLER
MEDICINES ARE STEROIDS. WHEN PARENTS HEAR THAT THEIR
CHILDREN WILL BE ON STEROIDS EVERY DAY, THEY’RE CONCERNED
ABOUT SEVERAL THINGS.>>STEROIDS–AT FIRST
THEY DID CONCERN ME. BECAUSE, I GUESS, AS A
NATURAL REACTION YOU HEAR STEROIDS AND IT DEFINITELY–
IT ALARMS YOU.>>THE STEROIDS THAT WE USE
ARE NATURAL PRODUCTS OF YOUR ADRENAL GLANDS. THEY’RE A NORMAL PART OF
THE CHEMICALS THAT YOUR BODY PRODUCES.>>THE MOST IMPORTANT CONCERNS
SEEM TO BE ABOUT GROWTH.>>HOWEVER, THERE’S A NUMBER
OF STUDIES NOW THAT SHOW THAT CHILDREN WITH ASTHMA WHO USE
INHALED STEROIDS FOR MANY, MANY YEARS DEVELOP
AND ACHIEVE THE FULL GROWTH POTENTIAL THAT THEY WOULD
HAVE ACHIEVED HAD THEY NOT GOTTEN INHALED STEROIDS.>>MANY PEOPLE ARE CONCERNED
THAT TAKING MEDICINES FOR THEIR ASTHMA WILL MAKE THEM
DEPENDENT ON THOSE MEDICINES OR THAT, IF THEY USE THEM
REGULARLY OR EVERY DAY, THAT THEY MAY
NOT WORK AS WELL.>>BUT THIS REALLY
ISN’T THE CASE. THERE ARE A NUMBER OF
STUDIES THAT SHOW THAT ASTHMA MEDICINES WORK BETTER
IF YOU TAKE THEM EVERY DAY, AND THEY DON’T LOSE THEIR
EFFECTIVENESS OVER TIME.>>I’VE SEEN MY CHILD
VERY, VERY SICK, AND I REALIZE THAT HE
NEEDS THESE MEDICATIONS. AND IT’S JUST LIKE ANY
OTHER TYPE OF ILLNESS. IF YOU HAVE MEDICATION
THAT CAN HELP YOUR CHILD, YOU HAVE TO GIVE
THE MEDICATION.>>FAMILIES NEED TO
KNOW THE FACTS ABOUT CONTROLLER MEDICINES. THESE MEDICINES ARE SAFE
AND WORK THROUGH NATURAL WAYS THAT THE BODY HEALS
SWELLING AND INFLAMMATION. THEY USE LOW DOSES DELIVERED
DIRECTLY TO THE AIRWAYS WHERE ASTHMA OCCURS. CONTROLLER MEDICINES HAVE
BEEN SHOWN TO PREVENT FLARES AND EMERGENCY VISITS AND
REDUCE SYMPTOMS FOR CHILDREN WITH ASTHMA. IN ORDER TO WORK BEST,
CONTROLLER MEDICINES MUST BE TAKEN EVERY DAY. CHILDREN RECEIVING
CONTROLLER MEDICINES DO NEED TO SEE A DOCTOR REGULARLY TO
MAKE SURE THE DOSE AND TYPE OF CONTROLLER MEDICINE
ARE RIGHT FOR THE CHILD.


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