After months on different inhalers, since starting Symbicort 200/6, (two puffs twice a day) my symptoms are finally getting under control and my peak flows have improved by 150l/min. This is waaay better, although Iâ€™m still getting symptoms when I exercise, coughing/mild wheeze 2-3 days a week but now only occasional 5am awakening.
My nurseâ€™s response was sceptical: â€œBut this is a long acting reliever! You shouldnâ€™t need your blue puffer at all!â€ and is now giving me until February to step down a dose.
The thing is, Iâ€™m not a huge fan of Symbicort- and after a hurried introduction to the twist DPI mechanism I actually ended up giving myself no drugs for two weeks before I realised. Occasionally when taking it I cough, either when sucking in initially or when I try holding my breath so I donâ€™t really get the meds I need.
My friends in the states recommend I ask about Advair (seretide)- Is it worth switching to see if the different drugs work any better?
Iâ€™m kinda nervous about flat-out asking for a different treatment, particularly as the surgery is so keen on â€˜Symbicort Wonder Drug For Allâ€™, (even if you have reeeeally mild asthma like my mum!). Has anyone else switched and seen a benefit?