I'm going to see the asthma doctor for the fourth time since April on Friday as my asthma has been uncontroled for quite some time, this time he may be changing my medication to symbicort or to fostair to see if it will improve my asthma.
My current medications are:
Here is a list of my current medication as I am not just not on meds for asthma.
Salbutamol Breath- Actuated Inhaler -2 puffs as required
Fluticasone and Salmeterol Cfc- Free Inhaler 250 - two puffs twice a day
I take this inhaler with a spacer
Montelukast Sodium Tablets 10mg
One to be taken daily
Prednisolone when needed
Epilim Chrono M/R Tablets 500mg
One to be taken at night
Epilim Chrono M/R Tablets 200mg
One to be taken each morning
Fexofenadine HCL 120mg tablets
one to be taken in the morning
Azelastine 0.05% Eye Drops
Put one drop three times a day
I do have an asthma management plan which I stick to it is as follows:
My action plan:
If you are feeling well and your peak reading is above 380 you should take: 2 puffs of your sere tide inhaler twice a day 1 micrograms of montelukast tablets once a day. Take your blue, reliever inhaler (salbutamol) for unexpected coughing, wheezing or breathlessness.
If you are becoming increasingly breathless and having to use your blue reliever inhaler every 4 to 6 hours or more often or peak flow is between 220 and 380, you should take: 6 prednisolone tablets (5mg strength) immediately and every morning until your symptoms are better and your peak flow is above 380 for two days, then take 3 tablets every morning for the same number of days that it took you to get better and then stop the tablets. Let your doctor or nurse know within 24 to 36 hours that you have started a course of tablets. Also take 2 puffs of your seretide inhaler twice per day.
It is a medical emergency if your symptoms continue to get worse and your peak flow reading have fallen below 220. Get help immediately by telephoning your doctor or calling for an ambulance by dialling 999 or 911. You should take 8 prednisolone (steroid) tablets immediately (5mg strength). Under these circumstances it's fine to use you reliever inhaler every 5 - 10 minutes until you receive medical attention.
My peak flow is very up and down most of the days and not many days go by without the need for my reliever. Since December I have had at least one course of pred every month in the winter I get quite a few chest infections which need antibiotics.
So I am really hoping the doctor can get my asthma under control without the need to see a consultant at the hospital.
I do know what the inhaler are like that he has recommended for me to try but I am willing to try anything that may help.
What other treatments are their available to try?
What treatments work best?
I am really worried what he might say but all I want is for my asthma to be under control again.
Thank you for reading my post sorry its so long.
Thank you for your support.