I take 250mg of Flixotide in one of those orange accuhaler disks things twice a day but have noticed that after about a week or so I feel very hyper. In the past month I have also started on serevent - green accuhaler - one puff twice daily.
Sometimes when I am driving I feel that I am going to explode almost as if my blood pressure was rising and, well, I am just going to explode. I have to pull the car over and stop, go for a walk to burn off the energy. As a result, I no longer drive on dual carriageways or motorways.
If I don't take the Flixotide then I never get any of this but, of course, my airways then tighten up and I can't walk any distance. As an experiment last year my GP asked me to stay off the Flixotide for 3 months to determine whether it was asthma or not... but by the end of the 3 months my chest was so tight I could barely walk 10 yards.
I had a spirometric test last month and apparently, before any reliever medication, my lungs are operating at 113%. The specialist nurse said there was no point doing the second part of the test - i.e. after the reliver - because the airways appeared so well controlled on the steroids. The problem is, that when I go for walks I often find my airways tightening up. Back in January I was on 100mg of Flixotide twice a day but, in the cold weather, I could not walk at all and found things improved when it went up to 250mg twice a day.
I still have a dull ache in my back (This was very sore prior to starting on steroids. I have had x-rays that show nothing there.) and, as I said, my airways tighten when I walk so I did wonder whether I was on a high enough dose of Flixotide - although the specialist nurse said to me that I did not really want to go over 250 twice a day if possible. I have tried 250 3 times a day briefly but I ended up feeling as if I could go 10 rounds with Muhammed Ali.
I have wondered whether that drug - predinsone? - might help for a few days but assumed, because it is just a strong steroid - that it would be like taking large doses of Flixotide.
Anyhow, I have digressed as the main reason why I came on here was to ask if anyone else feels 'hyper' when they take Flixotide? I have tried Pulmicort and Symbicot in the past but both give me the same reactions so it appears that I have this reaction to steroids.
Thanks for listening to my rant,
I went through a really stressful period a few years ago and I do wonder whether I just burnt out my adrenals as a result. I sometimes wonder, now my health is improving, whether they are slowly kicking back in from time to time but, well, that is just speculation.