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Forum Name: Asthma

Question: Why would a doctor prescribe vitamins to an asthma patient?

 pavi1986 - Sun Apr 26, 2009 4:51 am

I am 23 years old and I have been suffering from asthma from my childhood.I followed an inhalation course and my asthma was controlled.For two years i didn't experience any asthmatic attack.but recently my wheezing reappeared mildly and i consulted a doctor.He prescribed me "FORCEVAL,LORAHIST(loratadine tablets 10mg)and SERIMET PLUS-500.I am not suffering from any I cant figure out why i have been given forceval. could somebody please tell me why a doctor would give an asthmatic patient forceval capsules?I also want to know whether it is safe to takeloratadine tablets 10mg when one has asthma.Thank you.
 John Kenyon, CNA - Wed May 06, 2009 8:52 pm

User avatar Hello --

Forceval is a run-of-the-mill multivitamin/mineral supplement which doesn't contain enough of any single component to make too much of a difference, and certainly not in asthma. Your doctor may have felt this would just help improve your overall health, and it certainly shouldn't do any harm, but is an odd thing to prescribe. I have no idea what the point of doing that was, unless it will cost you less via insurance than it would over the counter.

Loratadine (Claritin) makes sense because it is a mild, non-drowsy antihistimine, and asthma is often managed in part with an antihisitmine. The problem with this, if there is one, is that it can sometimes thicken the secretions associated with asthma. On the other hand, it often helps disarm the allergens responsible for the asthma. It's not dangerous, but it sometimes can make the secretions more difficult to cough up. There is a better choice, Singulair, which seems to work better with asthma, but is prescription only, so may be more expense than you're willing to take on. If you choose to go with loratadine (which can help as well as aggravate the problem), probably you should add Mucinex (plain) or a generic gauifenesin to help keep the secretions free while the loratadine does its primary job, which is to prevent the problem up front. This would seem to be an ideal approach, especially if you can find the generic for Mucinex. Again, I don't know what the Forceval is for except perhaps to just give your overall health a little boost. No harm, at least, but could have been suggested instead of prescribed.

Hope this is helpful. Good luck to you and please follow up with us as needed.

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