Serevent contains lecithin!

Posted on: Fri, 05/17/2002 - 10:40am
Anna's picture
Joined: 07/20/1999 - 09:00

pHi, all. /p
pI just noticed that the inhaler Serevent contains lecithin. Does anyone know from what source? I'm allergic to soy, and this might explain why my throat is always red and irritated. These symptoms began last year, and I began taking Serevent only a few months earlier. Coincidence?/p
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Posted on: Fri, 05/17/2002 - 12:54pm
cathlina's picture
Joined: 06/29/2001 - 09:00

Lechitin does come from soy.
I take Asthmacort and Proventil...neither of these have soy.

Posted on: Fri, 05/17/2002 - 1:47pm
becca's picture
Joined: 05/22/2001 - 09:00

In my experience, lecithin is egg derived, unless otherwise specified, as "soy lecithin". My dd is egg allergic in addition to PN/TN, and we use soy lecithin products, but not simply lecithin containing products. Hope that helps. Your product may be egg, not soy, but call the manufacturer. becca

Posted on: Fri, 05/17/2002 - 3:03pm
Anna's picture
Joined: 07/20/1999 - 09:00

Thanks for the replies. I'm egg allergic too. I can't believe my allergist didn't tell me about this. [img][/img]

Posted on: Fri, 05/17/2002 - 10:33pm
DRobbins's picture
Joined: 07/19/2001 - 09:00

Anna, most people who are allergic to soy (my son is one of them) can tolerate soy lecithin and soybean oil because they are so heavily processed that little or no soy protein remains in the products. This might be why your doctor didn't think it would be an issue for you. More likely, though, he just wasn't aware of the lecithin in the serevent.
Also, just because "most" soy-allergic people can tolerate lecithin, doesn't mean you can. It seems there'd be no harm and some potential benefit from switching to a different inhaler.
By the way, even though I'm not allergic to soy, I get throat irritation from most inhalers I've tried. I've assumed it's the propellent in the inhaler, not the actual ingredients. Do you use a spacer (aerochamber-type thing)? It might help a bit, at least, if the problem turns out to be something other than an allergic reaction.
Best of luck. Doesn't it drive you batty when you realize that your meds might have been hurting as much as helping?

Posted on: Sat, 05/18/2002 - 3:45am
Anna's picture
Joined: 07/20/1999 - 09:00

DRobbins, absolutely!
The allergist (and other doctors) looked at every other explanation for my throat symptoms except for (gasp, what a concept!) looking at the ingredients of the inhalers that are bombarding my throat region twice daily.
This was my original source for the Serevent-lecithin connection. It's in the Soybean Allergens thread, approximately halfway down the web page:
[This message has been edited by Anna (edited May 18, 2002).]

Posted on: Sat, 05/18/2002 - 3:59am
Going Nuts's picture
Joined: 10/04/2001 - 09:00

I know this sounds obvious, but do you rinse your mouth and drink something immediately after using the inhaler? That seems to help my mom a lot.
Hope you can get to the bottom of it.

Posted on: Sat, 05/18/2002 - 4:18am
Anna's picture
Joined: 07/20/1999 - 09:00

Going Nuts, thanks for asking. [img][/img] Yes, I do rinse to avoid contracting thrush from the inhaled steroid. It's good to be able to narrow down the cause of symtoms by a process of elimination.

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