I have had asthma since I was a child; it was never a problem (as long as I avoided cats) until last month when I caught a chest cold. Then my asthma flared out of control, and has been ever since. After an ER visit, my doc put me on a nebulizer with Duoneb (3x daily) and alubuterol (prn, but I use it about twice a day), Advair 500/50, and a rescue albuterol inhaler and a prednisone burst. I was tested for allergies, and found out (surprise!) I'm very allergic to cats, allergic to dust and mold, and mildly allergic to dogs ( which is good that it's mild-we have 5 dogs! Allergist says they are not contributing factor to asthma, given very mild reaction I had to testing). I find that by the last hour or so before I'm due to use my nebulizer with the Duoneb, that I experience chest tightness and increased mucus production, leading to coughing. Since I've been on the Duoneb, my wheezing has ceased and I have not had to use my rescue inhaler. My question is, am I taking too many meds? My doc says I have moderate to severe asthma, and until we get it under control, this is what I need. I'm mostly concerned about the Duoneb. BTW, I'm a 43 year old female, nonsmoker. Thank you.
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