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Troubled breathing, severe asthma, shortness of breath, inability to focus. Was given ritalin SR. Suggest?

Hello, I was given a prescription of 20 mg of Ritalin SR for my inattentive add and am having trouble breathing. I'm not quite sure if it is caused by my medicine, but I'm not able to talk to my doctor currently.
I'm 15 years old, and have a history with severe asthma. Aside from the shortness of breath, the medicine greatly improves just about everything about my day to day attitude and ability to focus. Thank you so much.
Asked On : Tue, 9 Apr 2013
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Internal Medicine Specialist 's  Response
Jan 2013
Thanks for posting your query.
With the available described symptoms, there could be possibility of acute exacerbation of asthma.
Presence of shortness of breath along with past history of asthma suggests the diagnosis.
You should consult with internal medicine specialist/ chest physician and should go for thorough check up.
You should also go for complete blood count, erythrocyte sedimentation rate, spirometry and chest x ray.
As such there appears to be no correlation between Ritalin and worsening of your symptoms.
You should take antiallergics, doxophylline, and bronchodilators inhalers.
Take steam for inhalation.
Avoid and protect yourself from suspected allergens.
Take care,
Dr. Mayank Bhargava
Answered: Tue, 9 Apr 2013
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