You may think I'm mad, but I'm going somewhere thats going to be about -30 C. I've phoned GSK to ask if MDIs will work in that extreme cold, and all they could say is that they have data showing that below 2 C the quality of the drugs are not affected, but the proppellant may not work effectively, so presumably the drug may not be administered particularly well into lungs. But thats at 2 C, and I'm going to -30 C.
Any one have any idea if MDIs will work? Or, has anyone got a contact for AstraZeneca to see if turbohalers will work better? Their website is not very helpful at contact details for patients. (GSK were fantastic though, by the way.)
Obviously, I'll keep at least a couple of ventolins next to my body, so they wont get too cold, and should be able to be used pretty much immiediately, maybe after a quick hand-warm. But I cant keep spares/ Seretides warm the whole time! Is there any danger of the drug going irrevesibly 'bad' when kept cold for a couple of weeks? GSK think theres not, but I'm not totally convinced as that data was for 2 C.
Also, are there any particular drugs that might help prevent a minus 30 degree related asthma splatt? I think I'll try and get my GP to stock me up before I go on some add-on meds, (currently only on Ventolin and Seretide 250). Any advice on what might be good to add for cold-weather protection?? Oh, this is so crazy.
I know its kind of unlikely that a board of mostly brittle asthmatics will have direct experience of venturing into extreme colds, but anyone got any advice? Or just want to tell me I'm crazy? Thanks a lot, and big hugs (of the non squashing kind) to anyone who needs them at the moment. xx