But you also know how passionate I am about pediatric asthma. The kernel of what I believe on this front is:
- That every asthmatic child should have both a great pediatrican and an even better pediatric pulmonologist; and...
- That every asthmatic child needs an appropriate, adhered-to asthma action plan. Be it albuterol when symptoms occur, inhaled corticosteroids seasonally, whatever. The kids just need action plans, and the parents need to understand them.
So...when I go to the message boards I frequent (usually on About.com and/or BabyCenter) I usually repeat those mantras pretty much ad-nauseum. I get really scared when I see posts by parents who have taken their kids off Pulmicort because of the side effects. I mean, it's fine if you've talked to your peds. pulm. and they're monitoring everything, but you can't just *take your kid off Pulmicort* if they need it! If they need maintenance meds, they need them!!
Okay, so what was my point here. My point was that I've gotten into a somewhat heated debate on BabyCenter with someone who's taken her child off Singulair. In my usual, big-mouthed way, I posted what I knew about Singulair's side effects (not much -- haven't seen anything alarming), and just urged her - and anyone else reading - to get an updated action plan from their doc.
Well, perhaps I should just stick to blogging. I've really annoyed this woman. She may even hate me. (Which sucks. I hate having bad karma out there!) But I do really worry about this stuff. If a child needs maintenance meds, they need them!!! Her child was exhibiting aggressive behavior as a result of the Singulair. It's listed as a secondary side effect, and I can totally see why you'd want to switch meds if your kid went psycho from their asthma meds. But I just wanted to make sure her peds. pulm. was supervising this.
So...okay. I'm venting. But I feel really bad about ticking this woman off so much! We all only want what's best for our kids, natch.
She did say she had some info on long-term effects of Singulair, so I'm interested in seeing those -- and I'll definitely share them if she does.
Anyway, you can view the whole thing here. As always I welcome your comments, especially if you've got something on Singulair.
And if your advice is to stay off the boards and stick to blogging...ugh. Consider me advised!