As most people know I am a severe asthmatic, I am currently waiting bronchial thermoplasty in Canada on a bunch of medications including symbicort, flovent, ventolin, atrovent, spiriva, theophylline, singulair, prednisone. I went to fill my ventolin prescription at the pharmacy and they are now using a generic brand, I know it sounds weird but it doesn't work nearly as well - I am using double the amount to control my mild flares. I asked the pharmacist she said it was the same medication just different brand. I asked if I can go back to brand name but its not covered under Manitoba Health. Not that it is a huge expense but with all my other medication I am on I can barely afford all of it. Anybody else notice a change or is it all in my head. BreView Thread
I understand your concern, have you tried your inhalers, but to me it sounds more like anxiety or panic attack especilly when you said your hands went numb - have you been hyperventilating at all, are there stressful things in your life. Have you checked to see if you have a fever when you feel the heat? What exactly is THC is it the same as marijuina = is there a chance you could be going through withdrawal. If you are really concerned I would recommend going to an urgent care or following up with your family doctor to look deeper into the symptoms - you know how you feel. BreView Thread
I understand your concern I have been in the yellow zone for three weeks on a 2nd burst of prednisone over two weeks have u increased your reliever inhaler do u have a plan you follow when u are in the yellow zone.
Hope your starting to feel better and the ventolin helps before the walk. I often take a puff before I do any exercise, however I am also out of shape so I am not sure if its my asthma or SOB. I am also on singulair too along with a whole pile of other medications including theophylline, singulair, nexium, flovent, symbicort, spiriva and then also ventolin and atrovent as needed. I am currently trialing 2 months of antibiotics. Hope the spirivia and med changes help for you BreView Thread
I have had low peak for the last 3 weeks. My respirologist noticed it when she did spirometery at my appointment. We decided to increase the symbicort to 4 puffs twice a day as I wasn't overly symptomatic. However my peak flows are still sitting between 300-350, I am usually 400-440. I was in ER once and put on 5 days of prednisone but they are still quite low. I am becoming more short of breath and chest tightness as the days go on. I see my respirologist again in 2 weeks. Anybody have any ideas on what else I can do, I really don't want to go back on prednisone again. Thanks BreView Thread
I am currently on both symbicort 200/6mcg and also spiriiva 18 mcg. Currently as my peak flows are quite low I take 4puffs of the symbiotic twice a day and am also on Flovent 125mcg twice a day.
Your pulminologist is right that they are different drugs, symbicort has two drugs in it one is a steroid which decrease the inflammation and the other is a long acting beta agonist which is like ventolin, where as the spiriiva is an anticholinergic which dries up the mucous and secretions it is not often used in asthmatics but I noticed a huge difference once i started the spiriiva. I had a big discussion with my respirologist as she kept throwing meds at me it seemed.
I take mine at night so I am not up as much during the night I usually take it with my other inhalers, but you find what works for you.
I am not sure what your rescue inhaler is, I use both ventolin and atrovent so if I take the atrovent more then twice a day I can not use the spiriiva because they are the same type of drugs.
I hope you are feeling better and the change in your inhalers help. Let me know if you have any more questions.
I am glad to hear that things are going better, well other then the infection. I am bad for washing mine out along with my aerochamber and inhalers, guess I should be doing that a little more often. I am really hoping I will get the news when I see her in 2 weeks that she will have found someone to take me, and then as it is Canada I have to wait for Manitoba Health to approve it as its not available in my province so they have to pay travel expenses. Were you off work long? I was told that between procedures I wouldn't be able to work but not sure how long after I would need off. I am glad to hear your quality of life has improved I so badly want to be able to do what I used to do. BreView Thread