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During this whole “fitness journey” thing, I’ve had to find out some things the hard way.

Like hey, did you know that taking ibuprofen for inflammation and an albuterol inhaler for asthma reduces the potassium levels in your blood?  As an electrolyte, potassium helps fight muscle weakness, fatigue, and cramping. And since it is partially responsible for regulating nerve and muscle cellular function, particularly heart muscle cells, say hello to a great risk of arrhythmias. Oh, and I’m not supposed to be using my inhaler every day or even preemptively before every run or I might destroy my body. I’m exaggerating, but the risk is there and no one (cough, my doctor, cough) told me which annoys me because what is the point of seeking medical advice.

It also probably doesn’t help my general well-being that both of these medications feature nausea as a side effect. Basically, ask about side effects and negative drug interactions. Sigh.


This post marks the end of my inhaler. I’ll carry it with me (even though it takes 20-30 minutes to start working) if I remember, but I am not going to use it anymore if I can help it. Message received: damned if you do; damned if you don’t.

Update: I’ve run about 6 times so far without my inhaler and I haven’t died yet. If I sense a weird breathing thing, I walk for a little bit until I catch my breath. I can’t help but think this might be the equivalent of taking steps backward, but I also suspect that my breathing issues at this point might be a teensy bit mental–and I only mean half crazy.

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