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Hi I have just discovered this forum after suffering badly with my asthma for the last few months.

I have been asthmatic since I was 2 years old now 41. I started taking symbicort 200/6 about 8 years ago 2 puffs morning and night and this worked really well for me until the last few months. I seem to be getting very breathless 3 or 4 days every week and using my reliever ventolin doesn't seem to make a difference. I went to the doctor the other day and she prescribed singulair so I guess I will give that a try. I have also noticed that when I wake in the morning these days my nose is totally blocked almost as if I have a cold but I don't - is this related to the asthma in anyway?. Any adivce or info would be greatly appreciated.

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Hi Bernie,

Sounds like your asthma's, not being very well controlled, and hope the singulair works, but symbicort is a dual purpose medication, a preventer and a protector, so you can use that instead of ventolin. Actually it sounds like you may have been better off with a slight increase in you preventer, but you'd have to check that with your GP is the singulair doesn't work.

The blocked nose in the mornings was something I had last winter. Some form of nasal rinse may be worth a try, neti-pot, or this which I use, but ordinary sea salt now, just as effective, and if I miss a few days I do notice it.



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