Inhaler changes

So I have had an exercise induced wheeze for years, always taken salbutamol inhaler. For months possibly years my mum and stepmum have been on about my nighttime cough. This summer it has suddenly got worst so I finally went to the asthma nurse, my peak flows are normally about 50% of my best in the morning and recover by the evening. I work for the ambulance service and recently my colleagues have been forcing me to have a nebuliser as they have been concerned about my coughing/breathing.

So the asthma nurse has prescribed brown inhaler (clinel- beclomethasone) but a really low dose, I have improved a little bit but still have a cough constantly, she said it would be a month before I would see full results, well it's been 3 weeks and my peak flow is still between 50-70% of my best. My work colleagues keep on at me about going back to the doctors

Do I:

A) up the dose of my inhaler myself and see if this makes a difference

B) book an emergency appointment with GP (myGP takes 3 weeks to give you a normal appointment)

C) stay at the current dose and see how this goes.

Any advice would be great!

P.s. Has anyone else noticed that there breathing has got a lot worst in this heat?? Or with ice creams (I love icecream but it makes me cough so much!)

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  • So I have had an exercise induced wheeze for years, always taken salbutamol inhaler. For months possibly years my mum and stepmum have been on about my nighttime cough. This summer it has suddenly got worst so I finally went to the asthma nurse, my peak flows are normally about 50% of my best in the morning and recover by the evening. I work for the ambulance service and recently my colleagues have been forcing me to have a nebuliser as they have been concerned about my coughing/breathing.

    So the asthma nurse has prescribed brown inhaler (clinel- beclomethasone) but a really low dose, I have improved a little bit but still have a cough constantly, she said it would be a month before I would see full results, well it's been 3 weeks and my peak flow is still between 50-70% of my best. My work colleagues keep on at me about going back to the doctors

    Do I:

    A) up the dose of my inhaler myself and see if this makes a difference

    B) book an emergency appointment with GP (myGP takes 3 weeks to give you a normal appointment)

    C) stay at the current dose and see how this goes.

    Any advice would be great!

    P.s. Has anyone else noticed that there breathing has got a lot worst in this heat?? Or with ice creams (I love icecream but it makes me cough so much!)

    Hi Onyuk

    Have been having same problems here - my asthmatic friend the same and both been told by doctors over the past few months that asthma probs seem to have increased at the mo!

    I also have great probs seeing my dr and in frustration upped my medication on my own (Symbicort 200/6) and hurrah! I have seen a dramatic improvement back to normal maintenance levels. Don't know if this will work for you as a short term solution til you can see your dr but I would suggest it's got to be worth a try in the short term! Count urself lucky tho - my dr is refusing to let me have a temporary monthly increased dosage inhaler on my repeat without seeing them and as a measure to either kill me or cure me!?! has only given me a single repeat as opposed to my usual 2 month supply (my drs is a 50 minute round trip which leads to nowhere else - certainly not on my way to work)!

    Good luck

    Molly 1999

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