Hi All, wondering if any of you can give me a bit of advice?
First a bit of background: I was diagnosed at the start of December after having an attack and having to go into hospital. I should have a PF of about 650, but was down around 250 in the hospital.
My GP started me on Salbutomol 100mg 2 puffs, four times daily for the first week to bring things under control, and then added Beclometasone 200mg, 2 puffs morning and evening, and changed the Salbutomol to 'as needed'. To start with, I was using the Salbutomol regularly (four puffs a day), but now I'm down to a maximum of 2, usually 1, and even none in the past couple of days.
In the 7 weeks since, my PF has improved a lot - usually around 400 to 450 in the morning, and about 430 to 500 in the evening. I'm feeling a lot better now than I have for several years (my GP thinks that I've probably been asthmatic for a while, but it developed slowly enough that I didn't notice until I had my attack).
What I have noticed is that since shortly after I started taking the inhalers, I've been finding it harder to sleep, and I've had feelings of anxiety - almost like I've just drank 4 cups of strong coffee! (I've been caffeine free for over a year, so it's not the coffee!). I've also been feeling Heartburn a lot more - been taking rennies almost daily since I started on the inhalers.
I'm due to see my GP again to get my next prescriptions authorised in a week or so, but before I do, I wonder if any of you can tell me if those side effects are normal, or if I should be discussing alternatives with my GP?
Thank you all in advance