Has anyone ever experienced withdrawl symptoms from their inhaler? I've had Ventolin for many years but rarely use it - maybe only 2-3 times a week and only in the evening when I feel I can't fall asleep. I sometimes feel like I don't get enough air when I get into bed. In October at my asthma check I mentioned that sometimes the Ventolin makes me shakey and I was put on Bricanyl 0.5 and was told that I should no longer get the Ventolin shakes. I've been using it for about a month and again, never in the daytime and only a few times a week at night. I noticed I wasn't getting the shakes but I started getting some muscle cramping and a bit of tightness in my throat which made me worried a bit about eating. Last Monday I phoned my GP and she put me back on Ventolin. I haven't needed it since then and have been inhaler free for 8 days. However, I keep getting these weird panic attacks - almost like the Ventolin shakes- the feeling like my heart is racing, nervousness and jitteriness. Is it possible to withdraw from this medicine in this way? I also got a prescription for Flixodide last year under the premise that if I take it I won't ever need to take Ventolin. I have tried several steroid inhalers in the past but have only used them for a day or two as they would give me bad headaches and as I get migranes I just couldn't cope. The same thing happened with the Flixotide and I haven't been taking it. My breathing has been really good and it is only occassionally at night when I feel short of breath when I get into bed. In fact at my asthma check my breathing into the tube test was better than it has been in years. When I talked to the doctor last week it was a very rushed conversation and she had said to go back on Ventolin and continue using the Flixodide. I didn't really get a chance to say I'm not taking it. After we talked I thought I would try the Flixotide again - thinking if it does work and I don't need Ventolin at night, great. But after taking two doses of it I felt headachy - steroids just don't agree with me I guess. I am just wondering though why am I having these panic attacks - is it due to not using the Ventolin or withdrawl from the Bricanyl or would the very short use of the Flixodide do this to me? Anyone experience anything like this before? Thanks.
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