I'm new to these forums so a quick history.
I was diagnosed with asthma at 18 months old, now I'm 41.
I have been on many many different drugs for asthma, now I'm older I tend to research meds before I take them.
Recently(6 months ago) my doctor changed me from flixotide and serovent to symbicort, now after some research I have avoided starting this medication due to concerns I have read about symbicort.
My asthma has been well controlled over the last 10 years, and I really don't want to try a different drug, symbicort is apparently much cheaper than the other 2 combined and this has been offered as a reason I should change.
I have avoided swapping to symbicort by reducing my current meds,but I am comming to the point where they are running out.
Is there any way I can ask my doctor to just keep me on the meds I am comfortable with, or is it pretty much if he tells me I have to change, then I do?
I think if the current meds I am taking were ineffective then I would try symbicort, but to have to change because there cheaper worries me, especially after reading some of the side effects.
Dr wants me to swap to symbicort from flixotide and serovent which work well with me and I don't want to change.