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Was recently diagnosed with asthma by a methacoline challenge. Ive never had an 'attack', just a constant shortness of breath without wheezing, and a tightness in the middle of my chest. It appeared in October. I am a 32 year old female in good health otherwise.

So far I have taken:
Albuterol - Doesnt help much.
Advair - Some relief but heart pounded all day and night
Asmanex- No relief whatsoever.
Singulair- Some pretty good relief but horrible fatigue and mood swings.

Im just... frustrated. I dont know how many other medicines are out there, but I am scared that nothing will help. :( Thanks for letting me get this off my chest.
There are many! Exactly what are you taking now - dosage, etc? Albuterol is meant for controling an attack or taking before cardio to prevent one during. Advair has an albuterol type med with it so am not surprised it causes problems. I know nothing of asmanex. Singulair doesn't work for a lot of people - it didn't for me.

So, how long does your pulmonologist want you to try a particular med before trying another? Just need more info here.

Thanks - hope we can help.
Hi, I'm about your age and also relatively new to asthma, with symptoms similar to yours. Mine started last May, and the constant chest tightness went on until September, when I found medications that worked.

Most asthma meds fall into one of two categories: inhaled steroids and bronchiodilators. Albuterol is a bronchiodilator. They act to relieve symptoms quickly, but can have side effects similar to coffee.

Inhaled steroids control swelling and irritation in the lungs. They take a couple weeks to work, but have fewer side effects.

Advair has both types of medicine in it.

I hated the side effects of Advair, also. Asmanex is a fairly weak steroid. I found the side effects ok, but it wasn't enough medicine. Keep in mind that one takes at least 1-2 weeks to start working.

Symbicort worked GREAT, but I couldn't deal with the side effects. Currently I am on Flovent 110, (steroid) four puffs a day through a spacer. I also have the bronchiodilator Foradil for bad days.

Do you know what your triggers are?

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