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difference in over thecounter Primitine and prescribed Prednizone

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what is the difference in over thecounter
Primitine and
prescribed Prednizone
Submitted: 11 years ago.
Category: Health
Expert:  Kerry replied 11 years ago.
Hi
Primatene and prednisone are two completely different things.

Primatene is a bronchodilator. There are no steroids in it. Prednisone is a steroid, and relieves inflammation. Prednisone has a lot of side effects in long term use. It is usually given to people in acute distress, and only for 5-10 days. They are often used together with a bronchodilator. The two medicines together can help. Finally bronchodilators are fast acting, and steroids work over a longer period of time. There are some new inhalers on the market that have bronchodilator and steroids in them, but these are by prescription only.

Hope that helps!

Kerry
Expert:  Tammy replied 11 years ago.
This customer would like more responses from different specialists. Feel free to post more info to answer her question.
Expert:  Vickie replied 11 years ago.

DearCustomer


This is my opinion...I would not recommend using over the counter primatene mist. I found this information on a website that I will include at the end....A young man asked about taking Primatene Mist for asthma. He likes to treat his own asthma without seeking medical attention or using prescription medication. I believe this is a dangerous approach since asthma can worsen suddenly and even cause death. Asthma medications available only by prescription are much safer than over-the-counter remedies and are much more effective. Primatene Mist is adrenaline, and when overused has caused death. I have heard many bad things about primatene mist, My son has asthma and there is no way I would let him use this drug. A prescription medication is given to you by your doctor, whom knows your history, and is better qualified to give you a more "safe" medication that will be suited to your individual needs. In one of the websites that I have listed, it says that primatene should be used no longer than "1" day at the most, and that primatene sometimes causes a reverse effect of causing the lungs to "constrict" instead of expand, and even then you are taking a chance. It is worth spending the money to see your doc, and have a medication prescribed to fit "YOU" and your own "INDIVIDUAL" needs. Why take the risk? You never know how you or a loved one is going to react to this medication...and for my son, it just wasn't worth it. This bit came from another article....Over-the-counter drugs such as Primatene mist should NOT be used on a regular basis. That is what killed the young model recently - she used too much Primatene. See your doctor.


http://www.enquirer.com/editions/2002/11/11/loc_oh-soccerdeath11.html


http://www.allergyasthma.com/archives/asthma05.html


http://www.sinuses.com/asthma.htm#70


I could go on and on why primatene is not good for you, if you need more information on this subject I would be happy to comply, Trust your doctor, and let him give you what would be the best and safest for you.


Good luck to you.

Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Kerry's Post: could you specify about the primitine pills versus
the prednizone pills. ( not the primitine inhaler)
Customer: replied 11 years ago.
Reply to Vickie's Post: I am not interested in the primitine inhaler, but
I am interested in knowing more about the
primitine pills!!! How do they work and would
they help with CO
Expert:  Vickie replied 11 years ago.

DearCustomer


The pills are made of the same medication as the inhaler, it is only taken in a different way.


Good luck

Expert:  Kerry replied 11 years ago.
Hi Happy

It's the same difference between the primatene pills and prednisone. Two different actions. The primatene pills act as a bronchodilator, and the prednisone is an anti-inflamitory, steroid.

Kerry

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