Tedral Magnified Senses
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stephen Says:
 
I thought i was mentally unbalanced. Seeing enlargements of real life in front of me. Increased hearing sensitivity. Shrinking rooms in front of me own eyes. For years thinking it was me. An unbalanced. Self. It all stopped as i got older until one day I was having an asthmatic condition and took the medicine the doctor had me take 3 times a day! Tedral!. The truck in front of my eyes, as i worked on the engine, seemed to shrink like what happened 5 ears previously. when I was taken tedral regularly. I wasn't crazy after all--- It was the medicine! Anyone else experience shrinking heads, feelings of speed' before the term existed? Why was it taken off the market? Everyone have these problems? It would be nice to hear from others about their Tedral experience. This occurred 1952 through 1968

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Landis Few Says:
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I too have suffered the exact same symptoms. I'm now 60, educated and could never keep a job more than a year. I get excited very easily and my adrenalin goes through the roof. Thoughts race so badly I go nights without sleep. Meditation helped with the racing thoughts but not the other symptoms.

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Ross B Says:
 
I used to take tedral for asthma up until the age of 17. Taking a full tablet always gave me the nausea, tremors and racing heart and a rattly chest. I soon learned to titrate the dose with what I learned I could determine the severity of the attack. I would break the tablets up into small pieces and usually only take a quarter of a tablet as needed. I worked within 15 minutes and then had no side effects but the asthma was gone. For me a much smaller does was all that was sufficient. For me it was the drug of choice and I never had any addiction problems or side effects if I took only a quarter of the small white tablet. They should have kept it on the market but in vastly reduced concentration. I finally threw out my tablets probably in the late 80's early 90's as I had not had an attack of asthma for about 20 years. i have been asthma free for over 40 years now.

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Ican Says:
 
I took tedral in the 60's and another drug which was a smaller pill with a brown coating. I suffered mostly unpleasant hallucinations when I was small and they were not always when I was sick. I no longer have the life threating athsma as I did when I was a child. Over time my inquiries about the hallucinations were never answered. So it is interesting to read about others experiences here. I always thought it was a combination of the drugs and the reduced oxygen and air in my body. I think tedral probably saved my life also. The halluncinations very occasionally revisit me as I am falling asleep and if i am becoming ill.

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G Smith Says:
 
My mom gave me tedral for my asthma, and I gagged because it was horrible to taste, she gave me a cup of soda afterwards, we kept it refrigerated, if I ws misbehaving Mom would threaten me wth it.

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Nance Says:
 
I was given tedral from age 5 to 17 1952-1963 when my asthma attacks stopped. I remember my heart would be so fast, I felt like I had so much energy I couldn't sit still. Today I have a fast heart beat usually 85-90 a minute, and always had insomnia. I dont know if it was from tedrals or not.

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ArkyKen Says:
 
I was given injections for asthma from about 1961-1968. My best guess for the spelling of the drug is anerjex. I have been unable to find out anything about this. I do not know if this is just a brand name for something else but I have experienced many of the side effects for Tedral. My concern is for the long term side effects. Can anyone help?

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Joe Says:
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I also took tedral on the late 50's for asthma and experienced similar side effects including hallucinations, but without the medication I'm not sure I would've lived. Our family doctor still made house calls and I can remember her coming to our house at all hours of the night to save my life. She was something else. I think the Tedral was the reinforcement if the adrenalin wasn't able to restore normal breathing.
I had blanket with Cowboys and Indians on it and clearly remember those characters coming to life after a treatment. I had a recurring, though infrequent, dream that I was being chased by a giant though stacks of books, which also started after an asthma attack Dr visit. I would awake in a cold sweat just before being caught. That nightmare eventually went away.
Someone else mentioned they remember getting adrenalin shots. I do too. That was normally the first course of action in my time of need; Tedral was the cavalry. I don't recall taking daily doses of Tedral, just in emergency.
I remember my family visiting the Catskill Game Farm and me having an asthma attack. My father had to beg a pharmacist, who actually came out to our car to see my condition, to give him 1 tedral, so we could make it back to LI. We lived just east of JFK airport, in Valley Stream. That pharmacist not only put his career in jeopardy, he may have saved my life.
I can't imagine I'd be alive today were it not for Tedral and while I'm sorry to hear others had such debilitating side effects, I imagine no drug is 100% without side affects. In my situation, it was the only alternative we were aware of. The wound up, wired frenzy of taking Tedral was followed by drained, tired, peaceful sleep. Dr Elaine Brown will always be my hero.

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Robin Says:
 
I an a 53 year old female too. I remember the awful taste of tedral and would take it as a last resort for asthma attacks. I never craved this medicine. In fact I hated it. However, it worked to relieve the acute asthma flare episode I was experiencing. I remember it tasted a bit like black licorice but ohh it was so thick and gross. How In the world did people become addicted to this Med? I think if you can become addicted to nasty tedral then you must be able to become addicted to bread. Who wants to feel shaky and out of sorts?

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Sam Says:
 
Was prescribed Tedral SA (12 hour tablets) around 1960 for asthma. Had lived through episodes of spending up to a week in an oxygen tent in a local hospital when aged 3 to 5. They freaking gave you penicillin for that then. Don't know why. I survived and swear to this day it was due to the effectiveness of the Tedral SA which completely arrested those attacks even after they began. Eventually outgrew asthma (late teens into early 20s) and no further need but thankful for that medication and honestly believe it's the reason I'm still around after all this time. Damn the side effects . . . mostly rapid heart rate and confusion, it was a god-send for me.

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Michael D Brown Says:
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I always wondered what happened to the spiders running around the ceiling when I was a child drinking thick yellow asthma m medicine. I thought it was only me and they were real. Used to use Teddy bears to protect me. Used from 4 years old until primitine. Mist came out.

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Michael D Brown Says:
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Wow!!!!! I have always wondered why I would see the spiders on the ceiling's and what happened to them. I too remember taking the thick yellow asthma medicine (how I googled and ended up here) I used to surround myself with Teddy Bears to protect me. I never knew it was the medicine. I used it as a child 4 years old 1960''s to 1970's when primitine mist came on the market. I now know where my restlessness, inability to sleep and over abundance of energy /hallucinations came from and that I wasn't a bad child just effects of the medicine that I hated to take. Preferred the eperine shot in the arm even as a child.

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Jack Sprat Says:
 
Dear Bronchial Asthmatic, and all the other contributors to this thread. If you people are in your twenties and thirties, be aware that you can and probably will be affected by the Asthma you thought you outgrew ! Doctors now tend to through Asthma into the COPD category. This makes treatments more complicated and are often "hit or miss" combinations to arrive at a suitable formula for Asthma relief. The inhalers offer some relief, but my experience is that I am using Albuterol more and getting shorter periods of relief with some rather severe occurrences of shortness of breath. However, I find that Alka-Seltzer severe cold and flu helps to eliminate the fluid in the lungs, which is THE PROBLEM... Nothing comes close to relieving those desperate feelings during breathing attacks like TEDRAL !!!!!


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DJD Says:
 
I am wondering if taking Tedral for several years as a child (due to severe asthma) has caused my extreme insomnia condition, which i have had for approximately 25 years. I could not sleep at night when i was given this very strong barbituate. I would get shaky hands, my eyelids would shake at night when i would close them to try to sleep, i also would lose my appetite (nothing tasted good). I have an irregular heartbeat, a have extremely sensitive hearing (the smallest noise will awake me) and i don't taste food as well.

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Fella Says:
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All I can remember is the horrible taste!

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wheezy Says:
 
I'm now wondering what your dentist said about tedral and your dental health. I just had to have nine teeth replaced with implants and wonder if my childhood doses of tedral had anything to do with the my extreme dental issues as an adult.

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wheezy Says:
 
I took tedral from 1960 to 1970 (ages 8-17), to reduce my asthma symptoms It helped with my wheezing. I experienced shakiness, rapid heart beat, irritability, inability to concentrate AND extreme drowsiness. In street lingo, that medicine might have been called a "speed ball". I do remember sitting at the breakfast table and my father asking if I was "high". I had no clue

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Concerned Sis Says:
 
Thank you for sharing your experience with tedral. Your reference to the peanut allergy and hypersensitivity struck a cord My younger sister was given this drug as a young child and tried to explain what was happening to her. As the drug was prescribed by a trusted family doctor for allergies and asthma, nothing was done about her complaints. My sister is now nearly sixty years old. Her life has been erratic and fragmented. Even though she has a very high intellectual capacity her life has been directionless, without focus and dramatic. Maybe now at this late stage we can find some peace and comfort for her.

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David Says:
 
I had the bugs moving in the walls millions of them. Each one I I could se the reflection of the window on there backs. So clear I saw spiders with boots on. Black and white photographs flicking across my eye's, toys talking to me. It was that yellow medicine.

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David Says:
 
I'm 56years of age, from about 1963 to 1979 I had chronic asthma. This consisted of regular attacks and in the spring of 1971 and 72 suffering from status asthmaticus. One major attack only in each of those seasons; this put me out of action for four weeks at a time usual meds., on these two occasions being theophylline and hydrocortisone slow injections. The main medication though being tedral forte; I am glad to read about other fellow asthmatics suffer strange effects especially about visual disturbances I tried to explain this to an optician who look at me in a strange way. Also the very strange heads and high feelings at senior school in the morning could be hard to handle, its good to know others have gone down the same road. In 1978 I changed to ventolin, the shakes a first frightened me but I accepted them.








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Fred Says:
 
I had asthma as a child for several years...was allergic to a bunch of things...pollen, dust, citrus, horse hair etc...This would have been maybe from about 1959 to 1966. I had extreme agitation and felt so hyped up. I hated the feeling. Sometimes wasn't sure which was worse...the gasping and wheezing from the asthma or the "speed" like feeling from the Tedral...(Milky looking liquid...syrupy...tasted like licorice).

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