7% Saline Solution

Posted by thumperguy @thumperguy, Tue, Jan 7 1:27pm

Got a supply of 7% vials and got a real jolt in my throat when I began inhaling it. However I quickly adapted to it and was able to finish the vial. Within a few minutes I was coughing and bringing stuff up – a first. I never had a timely response to 0.9. Bottom line: I guess the 7% solution is…well the real solution. Not to be confused with the Sherlock and Sigmund thing. Forgive my corny effort at mirth. Don

For me, the 3% version does the job!

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Thanks for your message – I’m trying 7% saline in my nebulizer when I finish my 3% and I’ll know that I can expect it to bother my throat. I’m glad to hear it worked so well. I’ve used 3% for a few months and it usually makes me cough up stuff but not as much or as often as it should.

Have people had other side effects from the 7% saline?

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Some people don’t tolerate 7% well, to wit: riits on this board.

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@kathyhg

Thanks for your message – I’m trying 7% saline in my nebulizer when I finish my 3% and I’ll know that I can expect it to bother my throat. I’m glad to hear it worked so well. I’ve used 3% for a few months and it usually makes me cough up stuff but not as much or as often as it should.

Have people had other side effects from the 7% saline?

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If you still have some 3%, have you considered mixing it with 7% in the nebulizer as a transition ( you can mix gently and discard the excess.)

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Thanks. I used all of my 3% but this is a good idea. I’m taking a few little breaks with the 7% because it irritates my throat and makes me cough while using it. I’ll keep doing this until I get used to it.
It makes me cough a lot more than the 3% did so I’ll be patient with this part of getting used into it.
Thanks again.

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@kathyhg

Thanks. I used all of my 3% but this is a good idea. I’m taking a few little breaks with the 7% because it irritates my throat and makes me cough while using it. I’ll keep doing this until I get used to it.
It makes me cough a lot more than the 3% did so I’ll be patient with this part of getting used into it.
Thanks again.

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@kathyhg I too experience coughing using the 7% saline. Some days I can't quite finish the neb, but unlike medication where it is necessary in order to get the full dose, I figure that's fine. The purpose of the saline is to irritate the lungs to bring up the mucus, so if I'm doing it, the job is done. I do try to get as much as possible because I know the saline also helps suppress the MAC, but hey, you do what you can. By the way, I also noticed I can actually taste the saltiness of the mucus several hours after the treatment, so I must be getting plenty. Also, initially I was using 5ml vials, but the last Rx was for 4ml – the pharmacist says he can even get 3ml. His take was that at 5 feet and 100 pounds, the smaller dose was probably plenty for my body. How large are the vials you are using? Sue

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The vials are 4 ml so that’s probably okay. I’ll keep at it but I’m glad to hear that others experienced some challenges with this and I’m not alone.

The pharmacist (at the hospital outpatient pharmacy where I bought the saline) said that they typically sell 7% saline and don’t even carry 3%.

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@kathyhg

Thanks. I used all of my 3% but this is a good idea. I’m taking a few little breaks with the 7% because it irritates my throat and makes me cough while using it. I’ll keep doing this until I get used to it.
It makes me cough a lot more than the 3% did so I’ll be patient with this part of getting used into it.
Thanks again.

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Hi Kathy, Like you I cough and bring up copious amounts of mucous while using it but I figure that's the goal and it's sure doing the job like nothing I experienced @ 3%. So despite the nuisance, I just keep tissues handy and welcome the impact it's having. Don

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@thumperguy 7% saline is the strength necessary to irradicate avium mycobacterium (mac).

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I found that 7% irritated my throat/trachea so much that I coughed up a bit of mucousy blood for the first time since. It was pretty scary and I’m sure that can’t be good. I went back to 3%, which I have been using since September without incident.

I’ve wondered if 5% might be a good compromise? It’s even harder to find than 3% though.

Any thoughts on coughing up blood? Do you get used to the 7% over time?

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@kathyhg

I found that 7% irritated my throat/trachea so much that I coughed up a bit of mucousy blood for the first time since. It was pretty scary and I’m sure that can’t be good. I went back to 3%, which I have been using since September without incident.

I’ve wondered if 5% might be a good compromise? It’s even harder to find than 3% though.

Any thoughts on coughing up blood? Do you get used to the 7% over time?

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@kathyhg I feel rawness in my throat and get a lot of coughing with 7% but try to stay with it because studies show it is the strength effective for MAC. It hasn't seemed to get better or worse over time. Sometimes if I'm coughing hard I don't manage to finish the whole neb. Sue

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@kathyhg

I found that 7% irritated my throat/trachea so much that I coughed up a bit of mucousy blood for the first time since. It was pretty scary and I’m sure that can’t be good. I went back to 3%, which I have been using since September without incident.

I’ve wondered if 5% might be a good compromise? It’s even harder to find than 3% though.

Any thoughts on coughing up blood? Do you get used to the 7% over time?

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Kathy, without benefit of medical education my guess is that the blood is nothing more than a ruptured capillary. If it persists I’d talk to someone with medical education for a suggestion on how to proceed. Don

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Thanks to Sue and Don for your replies. I’ll take a break from it and perhaps even try every couple of days. I still have a box of 7% ampules left and i hate to get rid of it when it is supposed to be better (and it was expensive and not covered by any plan).

I think it was probably broken capillaries or some sort of related irritation but I will check next time i see my doctor.

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@kathyhg

Thanks to Sue and Don for your replies. I’ll take a break from it and perhaps even try every couple of days. I still have a box of 7% ampules left and i hate to get rid of it when it is supposed to be better (and it was expensive and not covered by any plan).

I think it was probably broken capillaries or some sort of related irritation but I will check next time i see my doctor.

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@kathyhg

I found that 7% irritated my throat/trachea so much that I coughed up a bit of mucousy blood for the first time since. It was pretty scary and I’m sure that can’t be good. I went back to 3%, which I have been using since September without incident.

I’ve wondered if 5% might be a good compromise? It’s even harder to find than 3% though.

Any thoughts on coughing up blood? Do you get used to the 7% over time?

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@kathyhg Hi Kathy. I started on the 7% saline back in 2013. At first it irritated my throat and lungs and caused me to cough (which is the goal). I'd say that after being on it 6 months; I got used to it. To this day, it does not irritate my senses. I am so used to it, in fact, that it barely makes me cough. I know that it is still good for me to use it as it does thin the mucous and makes my lungs inhospitable to bacterias. Perhaps keep plugging away at smaller quantities and built up your tolerance for it.

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