My Dad was diagnosed with Asthma in 2013; he was 55. After a bad chest infection, they trialled him on Clenil and Ventolin and these were not effective. He ended up having an Out of Hours appointment and the GP put him on Symbicourt, no ventolin. He was told if he had an asthma attack, he was to call 999.
For the past 2 years he has found this to be problematic. He struggled to realise when he has taken it (for one week he was taking an empty inhaler!) and he is always suffering from a cough in the mornings. Recently he has had a relapse and has had several. He has had take an emergency ventolin inhaler and increase his doses of symbicort. He is taking Symbicort x 3 times a day, and ventolin whenever he is out of breath, which is x2 a day. When he is asleep, he is wheezing so much my Mum is waking him up to resposition himself. He says he feels "like he can't fill his lungs up". He always suffers from a dry mouth. His peak flow is 800!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! His peak flow during his relapse is 650, on a good day I'm 400!!!!!
I'm a community nurse - but sadly no experience in respiratory! I spoke to my respiratory nurse who has recommended fostair. Mum & Dad have spoken to asthma UK and done their research, they appear to be happier with this inhaler as they feel the symbicort has never suited my Dad. Has any other asthma suffers done the switch? My only concern is that it is winter, and my parents go on holiday to the seaside often where it is always cold!
My Dad is 57, a non-smoker who is a landscape gardener - he spends his entire life outside carrying things as heavy as me! There is a family history of asthma; I'm asthmatic and have been for 20years. His Mum, Auntie & Grandma were diagnosed in their 50s. Help!