Friday, August 22, 2008

S. O. B.

Hello all my COPD friends!...well this post this evening is about Shortness of Breath! (S.O.B)

Living in Florida and all the humidity that comes with it does make some days more difficult to breathe...sooooooo I use (P.L.B.) Pursed Lip Breathing WOW is sure does make a difference, it gets rid of all that stale air stuck in our lungs ! For those of you who are not aware what PLB is....pretend you are blowing out candles on a cake...follow this: Inhale at the count of 123....then Exhale at the count of 1234! Go ahead give it a try you will feel better and notice the difference.
I sure have been using it..especially STILL dealing with this pneumonia thingy going on, and it does make a differnce.
Hope this little tid bit of information does help someone.
Until we meet again my friends remember,
Breathe Easy,

Saturday, August 9, 2008

The Switch Is On !

Hope everyone is doing fine on this second Saturday in August, can you believe it just a few months away for the Holidays to roll around again .

I picked up my prescriptions yesterday and on the bag was the following: If you have Asthma or COPD....THE SWITCH IS ON !
CFC albuterol inhalers: BANNED effective 12/31/08

I did some research and here is what I found, hope it helps to understand how we need to use the new inhalers.

What bothers me is that no mention from the Dr's. about the inhalers being discontinued, I was just at the Pulmonologist this week for a checkup on the pneumonia which by the way is still lingering, he told me it is like a big ship making a big turn around it will take a long time for me to least I am up and about as I always say, it could be worse.

Critical Facts Patients Need to Know
FAIRFAX, Va., May 30 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Millions of asthma
patients and their healthcare providers do not know that at the end of this
year, their life-saving medications will be gone. Today, FDA urged patients
still using chlorofluorocarbon (CFC) albuterol metered-dose inhalers (MDIs) to
switch to alternate hydrofluoroalkane (HFA) inhalers (albuterol and
levalbuterol) before CFCs are completely off the market. As of December 31,
2008, no CFC albuterol inhalers will be manufactured or sold in this country.
CFC is used to propel medication from asthma inhalers into patients'
airways. But it also depletes the earth's ozone layer, so it's being phased
out of medications like inhaled albuterol, one of the top 10 prescriptions
written in the United States. Patients with asthma, COPD and other
respiratory conditions use albuterol at the first sign of symptoms, before
exercise and when experiencing breathing exacerbation's. Alternate inhalers
using HFA as a propellant are replacing CFC albuterol.
"We applaud FDA's efforts to educate patients and medical professionals
about the new HFA inhalers," states Nancy Sander, president and founder of
Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics (AANMA). "There are critical
differences between CFC and HFA inhalers that patients need to know in order
to use these medications properly."
-- HFA MDIs have a softer spray. Some patients comment that force of the
HFA propellant is not strong enough to "push open" their airways during
an attack. But it is the correct inhalation technique, not the force of
the propellant, that determines how well the medication works. Neither
type of inhaler can push or force airways open.
-- HFA MDIs have different cleaning requirements. HFA MDIs need to be
cleaned more frequently than CFC MDIs. HFAs tend to clog more quickly
than CFCs, preventing medication from reaching patients' airways.
-- HFA MDIs have different priming requirements. Priming (spraying
multiple doses into the air) loads the correct dose of medication
inside the inhaler. Each HFA inhaler has different priming
instructions, which can be quite different from CFC priming.
-- HFA MDIs offer more treatment options. In the past, all brand and
generic albuterol CFC MDIs were virtually identical. Now there are
three uniquely different formulations of albuterol HFA inhalers plus a
levalbuterol HFA inhaler -- each distinctly different from the others.
Some people may find that one HFA inhaler works better for them than
-- HFA MDIs cost more than generic CFC albuterol MDIs. HFA MDIs are not
simply copies of CFC MDIs with new propellants. The inhaler transition
required a complete overhaul of the MDI manufacturing process. No
generic HFA MDIs are currently available. This translates to higher
out-of-pocket expenses for many patients, even those with prescription
drug coverage. Pharmaceutical companies are providing financial
assistance to patients in the form of rebates, discounts and coupons
and patient assistance programs.
"These are lifesaving medications," says Sander. "Patients and medical
professionals need to know that inhalers are changing and have the opportunity
to make the switch in a medically responsible way. Our advice to patients:
Get the facts. Know your options. Make informed choices."
Visit AANMA's MDI Transition Web page at for more information.
Founded in 1985, Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics is the
leading national nonprofit family organization dedicated to eliminating
suffering and death due to asthma, allergies and related conditions. AANMA's
core areas of expertise are education, advocacy and outreach. Call
800.878.4403 or visit
SOURCE Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics
Nancy Sander, +1-703-955-6807, or Sandra Fusco-Walker, +1-201-400-8163, both
for Allergy & Asthma Network Mothers of Asthmatics

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Until we meet again my friends remember,
Inhale ~~~123
Exhale ~~~~1234

Breathe Easy,

Monday, August 4, 2008


Possible association between GERD and COPD?

Thought I would share this article, my Dr. tells me my recent case with Pleuritic Pneumonia had something to do with the acid coming up into my throat and overspilling into my lungs ! Not that I am saying this could happen to everyone, I am sharing my thoughts and experiences with all of you. It would be best to speak to your physician, remember we are all individuals and situations are all different. As far as the infection on my tongue it is still there and will be there for quite some time, so it's soups, pasta and mashed taters for me for a while.

Tuesday October 10, 2006
A recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Florida, Jacksonville, purports that there is an association between acid reflux and a worsening of COPD. The study was small, involving 86 patients. The researchers reported that the 37 percent of patients reporting GERD symptoms were twice as likely to experience COPD exacerbation's, compared with those without GERD symptoms. This study appears in the October issue of CHEST, the peer-reviewed journal of the American College of Chest Physicians.
Other sources, including the National Center for Biotechnology Information (NCBI) state while the association between GERD and respiratory symptoms is well recognized in the setting of asthma, the association of GERD and COPD is even less clear. A review of the limited data on GERD and swallowing abnormalities in patients with COPD indicate that prevalence of GERD and esophageal disorders in patients with COPD is higher than in the normal population. However, its contribution to respiratory symptoms, bronchodilator use and pulmonary function in patients with COPD remains unknown.
A possible link between GERD and COPD may be proved or disproved through further study. If you suffer from GERD and COPD, and you have any concerns, you should contact your physician for more information.
Related Resource:
GERD and Asthma
Additional information from other About Health Guides:
COPD - From About's Guide to Lung Diseases
Asthma - From About's Guide to Asthma

Until we meet again my friends, Remember,

Inhale ~~~123
Exhale ~~~1234

Breathe Easy,