Hi. I've been looking at this forum for the last couple of months, but have just now registered to post this. Sorry for the long post!
I'm 21, and was diagnosed as a child (5/6-ish). My asthma peaked when I was about 11 or 12, but had been fairly well controlled with salbutamol and fluticasone until earlier this year. Since July I've had 7 courses of prednisolone, and we can't seem to identify the trigger(s). I avoid aerosols, can't see any patterns in foods, don't smoke, or anything like that.
Since the summer I've tried Seretide 100, up to Seretide 250, and recently Singulair/montelukast 10mg. My GP's excellent, but I'm waiting to see a consultant.
I've had a few fairly severe attacks since November - resulting in either a trip to hospital or a row from my GP for not going to hospital!
This Sunday I had another attack. Although it didn't seem as bad at first, I had to take several puffs of salbutamol (with a spacer) to get over it. I thought I was over it, but it happened again a few minutes later. I was having dizzy, having chest pains and my hands were purply. I went to A&E and was nebulised and on oxygen. They also gave me 5 days of prednisolone at 40mg (they asked what dose my GP tends to use, and that works well). They kept me in for a few hours and let me out that afternoon.
Anyway, I went to the GP this morning (since I was told to see my GP after being at A&E). Instead of one of the usual GPs I saw a locum. At first she was going to increase my Seretide, getting me to take 2 puffs. I pointed out that I'd been told not to do that because of the ratio between the two component drugs, and she then agreed. Instead she's given me Spiriva/tiotropium to take on top of Seretide. Is this drug often prescribed for asthma? The leaflet etc. is all about COPD, and it's not something that any doctor has mentioned to me before. I assumed that it would be more logical to put me up to Seretide 500, since the Seretide 250 has already improved my control, and it just seems that I need a little bit more.
I know that people on this forum can't give me medical advice, but has anyone else been prescribed Spiriva? I've taken one puff so far (just today's dose) and I've been feeling slightly light-headed. My throat's also a bit scratchy. Does this tend to wear off after a couple of days (as some meds do)?
I'm seeing my own GP again in a couple of weeks.