The Asthma Page
Bryan Smith
Huntsville, AL

I started having allergies when I was about 6 years old. I had my first severe asthma attack when I was about 8 years old. I was visiting my cousins with my mother in Westpoint, Mississippi. We were playing in the hay loft when I started to close up or "get tight". We were up all night and I was wheezing and very tight until I could get some proper medicine the next day.

Every year after that my asthma and allergies got a little worse. When I was 13 years old things got so bad that February, 1987, I was in the ER everynight for about a week on nebulaizer treatments and shots of adrenaline. Nothing the doctors here in Huntsville could do at the time could control it. I was on no regular medicines. I only had a Ventolin inhaler to use PRN. We had heard of a very good hospital in Denver, Colorado called the National Jewish Center. It specailized in pulmonary disease. Most of the patients there were asthma patients. I was there for 10 weeks. During that time they set me up on a regular regiem of medicines which has changed through out the years. This spring my doctor put me on Accolate. That took the place of all my other medicine. I was on 1100mg of Theo-Dur a day, Entex-LA twice a day, Hismanol once a day, 2 puffs of Serevent twice a day, Ventolin PRN, 4 puffs of Tilade twice a day, and Pepcid once a day for indigestion from the other meds. Now I only take 1 Accolate pill twice a day. Maybe once a week I will have to take a decongestant/anti-histimine. Usually only when I come in close contact with something I am really allergic to such as a cat. I still have to use my Ventolin inhaler PRN - about 2-3 times per week. I feel much better now that I don't take all those medicines and I sleep much better too.

I have recently been put on Singulair, which took the place of the Accolate. From what I understand from my doctor, Dr. Robert A. Serio of the Comprehensive Asthma Center in Huntsville, it is the same drug as Accolate but you only have to take it once a day. Much easier to manage since you are supposed to take these drugs on an empty stomache, 1 hour before a meal or 2 hours after. I think my doses on the Accolate were close enough to meals that it effected the effectiveness of the drug, because I am doing even better now on the Singulair.


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