Yesterday I started a new treatment to my routine: albuterol and hypertonic saline, both nebulized. The first hurdle with this treatment was actually getting the saline solution. When I went to the pharmacy to pick it up, my prescription had been canceled. As the pharmacist explained it to me, he simply thought the prescription was a mistake (?) and did not fill the order. After explaining that yes I need the saline solution, I was then told it was not a medication that was in stock and it would have to be ordered. Thanks Mr. Pharmacist for not only canceling the order, but also not having the medication even available just on the chance that I really needed it. I was finally able to pick up my prescription Tuesday.
I've had nebulized albuterol before. It usually makes my heat beat increase, but I didn't notice that last night. The hypertonic saline is a pretty intense treatment. It instantly irritated my throat, almost like a mild burring sensation. It triggered a cough almost instantly. It was a productive cough and I could immediately see the benefit of this treatment. No noticeable side effects at this point. Looking forward to seeing my reaction over the next couple of days to see if the results continue to be so noticeable.