I'm afraid I'm going to have to say goodbye to Afrezza

I would really like to be able to use it along with my Omnipod pump, but I’m experiencing too much lung irritation. I wake up in the morning and feel like I smoked a pack of cigarettes the day before. I love the way it works and what it does, but for me, it’s just not worth it. I passed the breathing test easily, but it just causes too much irritation. I used it for a couple of weeks and then took about a month off for my lungs to get back to normal. I even went to the doctor to see if I had bronchitis. After resuming use for one day, I can see that it’s just not for me.


Jim - sorry to hear that, but it is understandable.

Sorry to hear that, Jim. I’m glad you tried it before jumping to that conclusion.

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Sorry to hear that Jim, but glad you posted. I’d love try try Afrezza for the fast onset and short tail, but, though never diagnosed with asthma, I’ve had an on/off “asthmatic” cough for many years that seems to be triggered by the slightest irritation (dust, strong perfumes, taking in too-cold air too quickly, high BGs, high copays (EEK!)… - just name it!). Sounds like I may be best served by NOT trying Afrezza.

I still hope it survives in the market for those who love it!

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Thas, I’d have to say you’d be a poor candidate.

Sorry to hear. yeah its not for everyone

there is no way, this is for me, i will, fail, the breathing test,.

Mike had a totally different experience. one of his posts from the epic thread ( I say that because that thread has the highest number of views on this forum )

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Hi Jim sorry about your result! Every patient is different. Some people die from eating peanut butter right? Interestingly our results were almost the opposite. A chronic persistent cough treated with a morning nasal spray is now completely gone. I have often wondered, especially for someone like yourself, if intermittent use of afrezza, only for accidental highs, might not give you substantial benefits by bringing down the high quicker while limiting exposure and irritation? Every diabetic has those oops moments. Just a thought. Good luck!

Vibes, I’ve got some on hand and may try that. I was only using to supplement my pumped insulin, and just a couple of 4’s was all it took for the irritation to return. As regards treating highs, which is why I wanted to try Afrezza, I really had little success. As others have found, it seems to take a whole lot more to reverse a high than it does to prevent one.

Hi Jim,
I know what you are saying about it seeming to prevent highs rather than bringing them down. We too had the same impression initially but it doesn’t seem to be true anymore. I’m not sure what the issue was at first? We speculate that she may have been 220 and actively rising so she was under dosing? At that time she had just started using basal and that may have complicated matters too. She dumped the pump at same time she started afrezza. No she can bring down a 220-240 with 8u in about 40 minutes. Recently she was at 240 right before bed, took 8 units and woke up a perfect 105. I’m sure you used the sip of water immediately before and after trick? I’m sorry it’s not working for you. It has been an amazing change for us, and of course wish the same for you. Best of luck in your treatment!

Hi Jim,
Here’s some good tips on reducing or eliminating the Afrezza Dry Cough. Not sure it would help you, but I thought I would share it anyway. It is a dry powder, if hitting a dry throat it’s only natural to experience a dry cough. Good luck!


Thanks, @mpg54. My problem is not a dry cough in my throat, but a tightness in my chest and a slight bit of chest congestion. More like a chest cold than a dry cough.