“Oral Yeast Infections,” et al.

Starting Monday, the cough that I thought was going away got a lot worse. Yesterday, I finally caved in and went to the doctor. As a result, I’m now on both an antibiotic and an asthma inhaler. I do not, nor have I ever had, asthma. The rattling in my airway is just so bad that it was considered worth using to help clear things up. So, no running or strenuous activity for me until this is gone, either, which is already driving me batty after one day.

There all sorts of esoteric warnings in the manufacturer’s instructions for this inhaler, something called Flovent. My personal favorite is, “After you finish taking this medicine, rinse your mouth with water. Spit out the water. Do not swallow it.” No explanation is given as to why this must be done. The pharmacist’s instructions, though, shed some more light on the things the drug company doesn’t seem to want to mention. They say, “To prevent dry mouth, hoarseness and oral yeast infections from developing, gargle and rinse your mouth after each use. Do not swallow rinse solution.”

Oral yeast infections? That just sounds gross in more ways than I care to fathom right now. Interesting as well that the manufacturer never said anything about them, nor did they mention needing to gargle with the rinsing. The pharmacist’s list of side-effects of this particular drug include, “irritated throat, stuffy nose, hoarseness, or coughing may occur as your body adjusts to this drug.” Which, of course, makes me wonder why on Earth I’m taking it to begin with…

2 Responses to ““Oral Yeast Infections,” et al.”

  1. Amy Says:

    So you listened to a real Dr. instead of Dr Stupid – good for you. Hope you avoid the side effects and only get the good parts of the medicine.

  2. Tom Says:

    Anything you have to spray in your mouth, then rinse but can’t swollow sounds like something you should never put in the mouth in the first place. Your mouth and throat are coated with something that you shouldn’t digest. It didn’t have a skull and cross bones on the label, did it?

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