peanut allergy & asthma

Posted on: Fri, 02/18/2000 - 12:44pm
casey's picture
Joined: 02/18/2000 - 09:00

my son, two, has a severe peanut allergy, and also has asthma, he was hospitalized after christmas with asthma problems and the doctor gave him Atrovent to help his breathing. Atrovent, we found out later is made from a peanut protein! This is the same dr that diagnosed him, and she takes food allergies very seriously. It angers and frustrates me that she didn't catch this, gave him the drug with a steroid (he didn't initally have a reaction because of the steroid) and sent us home with a prescription to fill. The pharmacist at the hospital didn't even catch it, and we had peanut allergy all over his chart! The place we went to fill it are the ones who caught it, thank goodness, or we'd have given him an inhaler of medication that could have killed him. Anyone else have these troubles with asthma and allergies? Or with meds you found out later they should not have had?
Please let me know.

Posted on: Fri, 02/18/2000 - 2:08pm
DebO's picture
Joined: 03/15/1999 - 09:00

FYI, Atrovent is actually derived from soya lecithin, not from peanut. However, as soya is related to peanut it is considered to be contra-indicated for the peanut allergic. Here is a link to more detailed info on Atrovent contra-indications:
Take care

Posted on: Sat, 02/19/2000 - 1:29pm
Renee's picture
Joined: 09/02/1999 - 09:00

Thanks so much for you posting, my daughter is PA and asthmatic. She loves soy butter so I know that soy is safe for her, but the Atravent warning clearly states that those with soy and peanut allergy should not take this product. She has been on Atrovent all week and has gotten worse. Once I removed her from the drug her symptoms improved. I intend to have this added to my childs medical file, pharmacy file, and Medic Alert. I am not sure what to do about the doctor that perscribed it. Again thank you!
[This message has been edited by Renee (edited February 21, 2000).]

Posted on: Mon, 02/21/2000 - 12:40am
Samsmom's picture
Joined: 08/19/1999 - 09:00

Thank you so much for posting this warning. My 4 year old son is also PA and asthmatic. Does anyone know what the correlation is between peanut allergies and asthma? Is there any research being done on the connection? I have yet to meet a PA child that was not also asthmatic, including two other children in my son's pre-k class. In a class of 19, there are 3 PA and asthmatic children.

Posted on: Mon, 02/21/2000 - 5:13am
mew's picture
Joined: 02/08/2000 - 09:00

I think the relationship between PA and asthma is that peanut allergy rections are likely to be more dangerous if asthma is also present. My son does not have asthma although he is allergic to peanuts, eggs, and (discovered last week) amoxicillin.

Posted on: Mon, 02/21/2000 - 6:24am
casey's picture
Joined: 02/18/2000 - 09:00

one thing to add, my ped suggested not giving my son motrin, because it's a cousin to asprin, and it could be harmful with his asthma...anyone else hear this or have problems with motrin?

Posted on: Tue, 02/22/2000 - 11:15am
katiee's picture
Joined: 05/09/2001 - 09:00

Hi, this is in regard to the PA/Asthma link...our Allergist said that Wade would have a greater than 80% chance of developing Asthma. Wade has had 2 serious bouts of bronchitis and he is not yet 2. The Allergist also said that if he did develop bronchitis again, he would have to see him...IE: asthma.
Hope this helps.
Take care!

Posted on: Wed, 04/12/2000 - 1:00am
MaryLynn's picture
Joined: 06/25/1999 - 09:00

I just took a look at the generic med that we had my daughter on thru a nebulizer when she had a sever flair up that did not respond to oral steroids. It was a generic atrovent, and did not list any contra indications for peanut or soy allergic individuals, could it be in the inhaller and not the solution?
As to the likelyhood of asthma and PA, I was told that they basically go hand in hand (33% chance of developing asthma without PA increases by 33% with PA, 33% increase for family history of allergy and agian for family history of asthma) and that if a child will develop asthma some sign is generally seen prior to the 3rd birthday. A simple persistant cough during the cold months is enough to be considered an indicator.

Posted on: Mon, 05/08/2000 - 4:12pm
Renee's picture
Joined: 09/02/1999 - 09:00

My Allergist did a wonderful follow up for me regarding Atrovent (ipratropium bromide). The company Boehringer Ingelheim sent all the case histories of reactions and responded that the Atrovent Aerosol Inhailer contains soy lecithin (and should not be used by patients with soy or peanut allergies), however the Atrovent Solution used in Nebulizers does not. The information is 15 pages long, but if anyone wants a copy I can FAX it to you.

Posted on: Tue, 05/09/2000 - 4:01am
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Joined: 04/25/2001 - 09:00

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Posted on: Mon, 03/17/2003 - 12:18pm
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