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Having difficulty in taking deep breath. Taking pseudophedrine. Taking synthroid for hypothyroidism. Are these related?

I have been having breathing problems for a few years now. I have no wheeze at all, but I have trouble getting a deep breath. I have tried a variety of asthma medicines and none work at all for me. The only medicine that does work for me is pseudoephedrine . I do not want to a make a habit of taking it though, as I find it hard on the nervous system . As an aside, I am treated for hypothyroidism and take 137 mcg of synthroid daily. I was wondering if this breathing issue could result from insufficient thyroid hormones. I have a feeling the effect pseudoephedrine has on my breathing is a result of its effect on my nervous system rather than its effect as a decongestant. Could it be that pseudoephedrine stimulates my thyroid and hence my respiratory rate is increased? It s been a long, hard battle with this and I would appreciate insightful feedback. After dealing with this for years, I am happy to know something works. Now I just need to know why it works so I can get on a safer medication.
Asked On : Fri, 25 May 2012
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Welcome to HCM. PseudoEphedrine(PE) is known to cause shortness of breath or troubled breathing.Further there is danger of coronary insufficiency if thyroid hormone and PE are given together due to a drug interaction.It would be best to get a pulmonary function test done and seek the opinion of a chest physician.Inhaled drugs may help troubled breathing safely,anxiety and stress may also cause such symptoms.
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