My question is, if you use - or have used - a Qvar or Fluticasone Inhaler (of the type that only delivers the fine particle steroid but not a LABA component) how do you (did you) get on with it? Any observations on side effects or other issues with those devices?
I'm currently using both Clenil and Fostair Inhalers (don't ask, it's complicated) but have a desire to get off Fostair (even though at times it has proved very helpful). Fostair seems - after a while - to irritate my lungs (especially my right lung). I suspect this is down to the LABA Component rather than the Steroid, but that's a guess and it could be the other way round - which would nobble my theory and planned experiment.
One of the advantages of Fostair is that, as many will know, the 'steroid' component (unlike Clenil) is fine particle, and the finer particles are supposed to reach deeper into the Lung.
I'm thinking of asking to try either one of the Qvar Inhalers or a Fluticasone Inhaler (versions that don't include a LABA component). Both Qvar and Fluticasone Inhalers - I understand (ike Fostair) - contain a fine particle steroid component, but versions of each of these Inhalers are available without a LABA.
Basically, I want to test how I get on without a LABA, and so will need to revert to reliance solely on a SABA (e.g. Rescue Inhaler like Ventolin) when breathing gets difficult, but will aim to keep my use of Ventolin very low. (Ideally, I'd like to still keep a Fostair Inhaler close at hand, as I find it works very well if used for just several days only when symptoms get worse, rather than every day). For example, for use following an infection or when increased irritants (like pollen, dust mites etc) abound - but I don't know if the Medics will buy into that proposal. However, I do need inhaled steroids every day, as my FeNO is off-the-scale high (130).
Thanks in anticipation.