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Fostair-keeping it in a fridge?

My daughter has just switched to Fostair and at the moment it seems to be working for her (she's just recovered from a cold with no pred and no neb for the first time in her life). When we collect her 'script though the bag is marked 'fridge' and she assistant has told her to keep in cold in the summer months. That's fine, when she's at home but she's a swimmer and sometimes is on poolside all day which gets very hot. If you're on Fostair do you get similar warnings from your chemist and how do you keep it cold?

Thank you.

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Try using a diabetic cool pouch which is used to keep insulin cool. I used one for my springer's insulin while we were out & about. All you have to do is activate the pouch in cold water, then it's good for a few hours. They're reusable too, and perfect for your daughter's needs.

I'll post the website when I find it !



That sounds perfect, thank you.


Hi Debbie,

I take Fostair and have been assured that it only needs to be kept refrigerated before being dispensed and at home to just keep it in a drawer or something (obviously not on a wiindowsill or likewise). I assume she needs to take it more than twice a day if she needs to be taking it out in the day but would she really need to have it on poolside as it is just a preventer and not a reliever, could she not keep it in a bag in a locker or changing room?


It's all so bloomin' confusing but...

She's using it as a reliever too under the instructions of her consultant. Her regime is Qvar as a preventer twice daily, Fostair twice daily plus as needed (plus montelukast twice daily). She spoke to her consultant about it and he said in temps above 23 degrees it should be kept cool but when she's on poolside all day her kit bag gets warm.


Wow! I know there always has to be a first for everything but that is the first time I have heard that one!! The patient information in mine says this:

2. Before you use Fostair

Do not use Fostair:

•do NOT use this medicine to treat symptoms of asthma such as shortness of breath, wheezing and cough or for asthma which is getting worse or for sudden acute asthma attacks. It will not help you and it will not provide immediate relief of your symptoms. To relieve your symptoms use your quick acting 'reliever' inhaler which you must carry with you at all times. (Your 'reliever' inhaler is a quick acting bronchodilator which should provide rapid relief of acute asthma symptoms).

Sometimes it makes things so much more confusing knowing what different people do with the same meds!! lol

hope she finds something that works to keep it cool. On another note, has she also been told NOT to shake it before taking it?


Oh I don't know about the shaking bit, I'll text her and ask her thank you. I don't know if it's some new idea or not, she's under one of the specialists at Addenbrookes, we've always struggeld to control her asthma but after 20 odd years of messing with meds we finally seem to have found a regime that works. It's not the first time we've been advised to do things differently to the instructions though, maybe she'll be a trail blazer LOL.


Sounds like it! Hope it works, makes sense really, sounds like Fostair is a bit of a mix of symbicort and qvar in the way it works. Heck, I just take the stuff lol!


She did well on Symbicort until her chest was bad at which point she couldn't inhale well enough to use it hence the switch. She takes Qvar as well at the minute. Thank goodness for prepayment certificates!


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