Re: are terbutaline or theophylline safe?
- Hi Nancy, I tried using terbutaline once when I was still getting my cat used to the inhaler, and she had a bad reaction to it. So I don't use either of those medications. We use the flovent inhaler, 250mcg twice daily (one puff with about 10 breaths) and it seems to work wonders.
I am not a fan of theophylline at all, I am a severe asthmatic myself and I was on it for years and then the doctor's told me about 10 years ago that they discovered theophylline doesn't do that much for asthma after all. I also didn't like the side efffects.
My best recommendation is the flovent inhaler, we use that with the aerokat spacer.
--- In email@example.com, Nancy and Willow Carroll <nec.willow@...> wrote:
> My kitty Willow, has asthma in addition to heart failure, in fact it was her
> prednisolone which created the heart failure. Consequently, I am very
> cautious about any medication. My vet prescribed theophpylline (theodur)
> for Willow but I'm not comfortable giving it to her. For one thing it
> immediately makes her paws bright pink, causes a surge of activity, and
> causes stinky poops. If any of your heart kitties also have asthma, I'd
> love to hear what your cardiologist has to say. The asthma list has said
> that many cats respond better with terbutaline than theophylline but is it
> any safer? Willow also has albuterol but just as a rescue inhaler.
> Willow has had three echo cardiograms, the last two with cardiology consults
> but she is still be treated by internal medicine. She doesn't have her own
> cardiologist yet.
> Nancy, Willow and Heather Carroll
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