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Does your Preventer MAKE you wheeze?


I've found that if I use my preventer it often MAKES me wheeze and I have to then use my reliever. The doctor dismissed the idea, but it is true. I've recently been using a nebuliser (or whatever the blue tube that makes a harmonica sound is called) and that makes it better.

Has anyone else experienced this??



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I feel in exactly the same boat as you. Only difference being I'm on ventolin. I'll take it, for example before I go to bed. About 20 minutes later I'm up again trying to find my reliever in the dark! That touch pad comes in real handy! I mentioned this to my nurse and I got pretty much the same reaction.

It makes me not want to take it but I know that isn't a good idea. At the moment I don't know whether I should be more assertive and say that I simply can't take it. Or whether some wheezing is actually a side effect and will decrease over time. I just need to brave the inital doses!

But it's supposed to prevent, not trigger!




it is recognised that sometimes inhaled steroids/ preventers can make people wheeze a wee bit - the suggestion is to take the ventolin/reliever before the steroid so it isn't as bad - i think it is to do with the propellant but can't remember exactly



Preventer doesnt but salbutamol does with me!! im allergic and it cause me severe broncospasm!! not good really

Andrea xxxx


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