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How can a pregnant asthmatic woman get rid of wheezing and coughing?


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Published At June 11, 2023
Reviewed AtNovember 21, 2023

Patient's Query

Hello doctor,

I am currently 13 weeks and 6 days pregnant. I have wheezing and coughing for over four weeks long. I was diagnosed as asthmatic, and inhalers do not work. The prescribed medications like Ventoline, Qvar, and Proair none work. I had no sleep for two days. Over-the-counter medicines do not work. I have been in emergency room (ER) for an asthma attack, and I was unable to breathe. Breathing treatments have had little effect.


Welcome to icliniq.com.

Thanks for writing your query to me.

As you said, you have been diagnosed with asthma well before, and at the same time, you are pregnant. Asthma is a chronic disease affecting the airways, and proper inhaler medicines are a must for optimal control. As per my knowledge, you are only taking Ventolin and Proair (Salbutamol sulfate) inhalers for a long time. Both of them are relievers which means it is supposed to be used as and when required in an emergency. On a daily basis, you must take controller or preventer inhalers like Seretide Evohaler (Salmeterol and Fluticasone propionate) or Advair inhaler (Fluticasone propionate and Salmeterol xinafoate). So I suggest you talk to your pulmonologist about these inhalers and start as soon as possible. Optimal asthma control is a must for ongoing pregnancy.

Hope this helps.

Thank you.

Same symptoms don't mean you have the same problem. Consult a doctor now!

Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan
Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan

Allergy Specialist

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