I'm new to this forum, and this is my first post. I've just resolved a problem which I'd like as many as possible to be aware of.
I've been using the Becotide inhaler sucessfully for many years, but a few years ago was advised to use a spacer device for better effect. This was the large two-piece Volumatic device. Around two years ago, I was prescribed a superior form of Becotide called Qvar, which has smaller particles. However this doesn't fit the Volumatic, and requires a different, smaller spacer device called AeroChamber plus. I've been using this for maybe two years, but looking back, hardly noticed that it was losing its effectiveness until a recent crisis.
I'd caught a chest infection (which happens to me about 3 times a year), but even with a course of antibiotics, didn't clear up as it normally does. In fact after 3 weeks,I was getting more and more 'chesty', and had found climbing stairs difficult - which is very unusual for me.
Then in the middle of the night, I realised what the problem was - the AeroChamber wasn't working any more! I immediately stopped using it, and just used the inhaler on its own. I started to feel better within a few hours. A day or two later, I got a new one, and now after three days, I'm almost back to normal, which in may case means I can go hill walking, run for buses, and be otherwise normal.
On reading the leaflet, it says something like 'after a year, you may need to replace the device' - but this isn't emphasised enough in my opinion.
So the point of this post is to warn others of the importance of replacing the device before it ceases to work. I'd be interested to hear of anyone else who has experienced this problem. Unlike the Volumatic, the AeroChamber is impossible to clean properly.