A common question asked by persons suffering from asthma and other respiratory conditions is what exactly are the uses of colozone plus? What exactly is it? Can it cure asthma, reduce or control lung disease? Does it have any side effects? Can it be used to treat cancer and other diseases?
Colozone is a corticosteroid drug, which simply stands for “coat-of-bell-shaft”. It is manufactured by the Sederma Corporation and its active ingredient is hydrocortisone. This substance is obtained from pure coccocetrate – which is the fatty liquid component of the coca fruit. It is reported that in ancient times this agent was used as a cure for various ailments including asthma, ulcers, wounds, burns, and insect bites. However recent studies have shown that the use of colozone in the United States and worldwide has increased dramatically due to the popular use of steroid nasal sprays.
As with any medication, there are possible side effects when this use is prolonged or in amounts too high. There have been cases reported of liver damage, kidney damage, and changes to the functioning of the kidneys, pancreas, and liver. In some extreme cases, death has been reported as a result of a severe reaction to colozone use. However, these are isolated incidents and should not cause undue concern as long as the use of this agent in accordance with manufacturer instructions is being taken as directed.
Additionally, Colozone can increase the risk of infections in the upper respiratory tract (e.g., sinusitis) and decrease the effect of other medications (e.g., antibiotics). It can also cause changes in the lining of the stomach (which can be very hazardous). As with any other steroid, there are potential side effects that one should consider prior to using any corticosteroid. One should always discuss any and all issues concerning medical treatments with one’s physician or allergist.
Inhalation of colozone has been associated with the following symptoms: difficulty breathing, increased blood pressure, faster heart rate, vomiting, diarrhea, constipation, and stomach pain. These symptoms are sometimes present when using other steroid medications without a topical treatment. Although these effects are typically temporary, if they continue for more than a few days or become severe and persist in nature, you should contact your physician. Also, if you are using other agents (e.g., corticosteroids used to treat chronic bronchitis) that you’ve previously been prescribed, it is extremely important to continue the treatment exactly as instructed for safety reasons. Your physician will be able to provide further information on the use and benefits of colozone, when it is appropriate for use in conjunction with other medications.
If you suffer from asthma, you should be aware that use may also be contraindicated. If you experience an acute attack that causes the airways to become inflamed and/or swollen, you should stop use immediately and contact your physician. You may wish to try reducing the dose to see if this makes a difference in your symptoms. If not, you should contact a physician for further advice on its use.