Anyone Have Potassium Loss With Symbicort

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Diana Says:

I had bronchial asthma and went on Symbicort for about five weeks. Started to feel worse and worse. No energy - couldn't stand up at one point. Went to emergency twice. Had very low potassium. Had to supplement. It seems the Symbicort was
Depleting my potassium levels. I'm ever felt so bad in my life. Thought I was dying. Didn't even help my inflammation from asthma.

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Diana Says:

Since recovering from an allergic reaction to the symbicort I have now come down with shingles. Has anyone ever heard that steroids can bring on shingles? I was also on prednisone. I have been ill for two months now.

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Verwon Says:

Diana, how are you doing, now? Has there been any change? Yes, this class of medications has been known to cause low potassium levels, in some people that take it.

Steroids can also cause a flare up of the virus that cause Shingles, according to NIH reports. You may also experience side effects, such as nausea, dizziness, headache, nervousness, insomnia, and fluid retention.

Are you on any other medications?

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Diana Says:

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Right now I am only taking meds for the shingles pain. My doctor said he has never seen a worse case of shingles than mine. He prescribed Percocet for the pain which I try not to take too much. If the pain is unbearable I usually take them twice a day. At night I taken Ativan to help me sleep. The shingles is a nightmare. I never could have imagined the pain involved with shingles. I don't know what I will do the next time I have asthma as I am afraid to take any steroids.

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