How to control episodes of asthma while pregnant?
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Q. How can a pregnant asthmatic woman get rid of wheezing and coughing?

Answered by  
Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan
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Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan is a qualified Specialist in Pulmonary Medicine, Tuberculosis, and Respiratory Diseases with 20 years of clinical experience. He has a vast network of professional c... 

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This is a premium question & answer published on Jun 11, 2023 and last reviewed on: Oct 11, 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.

Answered by  Dr. Amol Kumar Wasudeorao Diwan


Welcome to 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.

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