Self-medication in Pulmonary Oedema…

For some years I have been experiencing bouts of Pulmonary Oedema, though I had no idea that’s what it was, I just put it down to more COPD buggeration** – until the day it almost killed me.

**It’s primarily a symptom of heart failure, which I also have.

At that point, once I got out of hospital, I asked my GP to prescribe Salbutamol and Atrovent nebules, as that’s what the paramedics and the hospital use, my idea being to nip the moderate attacks in the bud and, hopefully, prevent severe attacks either hospitalising me or killing me. It took 8 months and another emergency hospital admission before that was successful.

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Why are so many doctors moronic pillocks?

No, for once this isn’t personal.

I was reading a comment from a GP today, in which he claimed, without any major indication of loose slates or irony, that a patient with well-controlled asthma would need to use a Salbutamol (Ventolin), inhaler only once or twice a week.

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Is Salbutamol dangerous?

An item from my search-engine slush-pile “Salbutamol dangerous”.

Assuming there’s a missing question mark, then no, it isn’t. Most people use the aerosol inhaler, and in this form it’s almost impossible to o-d on the stuff (respiratory consultant’s opinion, not mine). Not totally, but you have to make a serious and deliberate attempt to harm yourself for it to actually o-d..

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Generic Salbutamol – some thoughts…

I forgot to cover, when I wrote the post about why Ventolin might not be effective, the question of generic Salbutamol.

This, of course, is NOT Ventolin, and from long experience of the stuff, I can tell you with absolute certainty that IT IS NOT AS GOOD AS VENTOLIN. I don’t care what NICE claim – it simply is not as effective.

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One dose of Ventolin does nothing – shock report!

In a mind-boggling outbreak of cobblers, Professor Somnath Mukhopadhyay, from Brighton and Professor Colin Palmer, from Edinburgh, have announced that one in ten children have a gene that prevents Salbutamol (Ventolin), acting when taken once a day.

Once a day? Ffs, one dose a day will do bugger all for anyone.

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