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Seretide vs other inhalers

Hi,

I keep asking my consultant if I can try any other inhalers and he always says, ' they are all the same' . Did anybody swap seretide to another inhaler and notice any improvement ?

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Looking at your other messages, and the problems you are having at work, I really think you could benefit from talking to the Asthma Nurses at Asthma UK. What medication are you on as well as steroids and what is your peak flow when you are well, and now? You mentioned that your Asthma got progressively worse in the stuffy office. Does it calm down and improve when you get home? The stress and anxiety of working with Asthma could also be contributing. Severe Asthma is classed as a Disability as defined by the Disability Act 2010. Are work aware?

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Agree. Talk to the Asthma Nurses at Asthma UK. Found them immensely helpful. Can email or telephone.

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Yes my gp changed me from seretide to symbicort, I've been much better since changing, I think you should keep asking for a trial with another one.

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Don't know if this news-medical.net/news/2005/... might strengthen your argument - although AstraZeneca are bound say that their product is best whether it is or not.

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I have have had a bad chest all winter up to now though it has improved at lot. Seeing my GP on Wednesday but have to tell him I am spitting up green gunge still. Maybe because I am at least able to spit now I have a hopeful feeling that one other dose of antibiotics will shift it. Anyway I was given Symbicort to try during this time but maybe it was the wrong time to change inhalers. Anyway now on Seritide and my main question to GP this coming week will be "" is it the change to Seritide that I now have a cough or is it that I still have the infection"" but that is the only thing I find with Seritide is that I have a cough well I'm blaming the Seritide as I haven't been bothered with a cough before. Has anyone else found this with Seritide???? xx

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See my reply to stevetipson x

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Hi, I thought I would reply. I started on seritide about five years ago, around that time I started developing mucus in my throat, more recently this has gone on to my chest and for the last 2 years, each day I have been coughing up about 2 egg cups for green mucus. I've been to many consultants and doctors and n0 one knows why, but there may well be a link between the start on seritide and the mucus cough. I'd be interested to hear others feedback.

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Seretide made me cough and contains serevent if I remember rightly. Read up on it. Symbicort is better for me. Flutiform contains one ingredient from seretide another from symbicort. It's each persons individual reaction but I think they should allow you to try several types so you gain an idea which is working better. Sounds like chest infection coughing up green mucous. Ask receptionist sputum put and put in a sample. They hate prescribing antibiotics so sadly I buy my own to ensure I can manage my symtoms as at 54 I know when I've an infection or just exacerbation of my asthma.

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I got changed from seretide to flutiform my lungs are much better now there is more flexibility with dosage on this one too

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I swapped seretide to symbicort and found it better. However I prefer the inhaler system where you can press down to gain the puffs through a volumatic. However symbicort doesn't do that. Thankfully my GP allowed me to try several one if the recent ones is flutiform but gone back to symbicort. My respiratory nurse and consultant say the same as what they say to you but everyone reacts differently to then and has various responses.

I remember as a child being on intal compound when no one had asthma and think how well it was managed, but they don't make them anymore. For me symbicort is the better of them but doesn't control my asthma taking Ventolin 4/5 times every day and they know that. I'm on Omalizumab injections too 2 weekly. It's learning how to manage it yourself and reading what you can. Diaries of what you've eaten, where you've been, mood etc and side effects of others meds can influence asthma symtoms. Sorry long post very carried away - Anyway good luck xx

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I was switched to symbicort....but it didn't work for me so I switched back. Maybe asking to see a different doctor would be beneficial?

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Hi, thank you for all replies , I would love to get a second opinion as my asthma is not controlled at all but it's not realistic- I go to the asthma clinic , my Gp is saying, 'if they cannot help- I cannot either' and it's impossible to get another referral !

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