as there are no asthma nurses at my current home country, doctors are God, and I never had asthma back in the UK (I miss the clear air up north!) I'm a bit at a loss about what a normal asthma therapy looks like.
I have Ventolin for whenever needed and I'm supposed to use a Salmeterol powder inhalter twice a day for maintenance. Well, the Ventolin works and has no side effects. The Salmeterol is terrible: my hands are shaking, tunnel vision, fast heart beat, loss of concentration for at least two hours, plus dry spots in my mouth which cracked upen in the end despite washing my mouth. And that's only the really bad side effects. I'm not sure if it's also responsible for some irregular heart beat at night. I've stopped it until I can see my doctor again next Monday. I feel so much better now and the wounds in my mouth are healing.
Are there other options for maintenance, either different ingredients or generally something less aggressive? Is it recommended at all for a so far one time attack? What is the general NHS recommendation on this?
Secondly: many of the mineral elements in my blood are already very low: calcium, magnesium, phosphorus too low, potassium on the edge. How do the medications influence these, and should I substitute them?