Anyone else worry about long term side effects of medication

Morning all

Does anyone else here worry about the amount of medication they are having to take to try to control their Asthma and the long term side effects? I am currently taking Flutiform 250 twice a day, he has now included Spiriva which doesn't seem to be doing much, and a antihistamine. In addition to Asthma meds I also take an Antidepressant and Levothyroxine! Upon reading one of the long term side effects of Spiriva it says that you may be at an increased risk of developing Diabetes! This is another condition in my family. I am worried now about what else I am going to end up with as a result of all these medications. It is just so frustrating as I know that my first priority is to breath but what is that going to take! Thank you for reading.

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  • Hi yes I feel the same as I take a similar amount of drugs to you and hate it, but there are always side effects of any drugs we are given, but often the risk is very low. It's always up to us whether or not to take it or not I guess.. I take symbicort and there is an increased risk of getting cataracts but is very low. I guess it's a trade off to control our symptoms and there is no real choice. I try not to worry or think about it too much!

    If you are worried about Spiriva then the best thing to do is check it out with your nurse/doctor and then decide if the risk is worth it. You can always ask your pharmacist instead as they are the real experts on drugs and side effects etc.

  • People who develop diabetes most often develop type 2 which can be controlled by diet. If you're worried perhaps you could help lower your risk by ensuring you eat properly and maybe incorporate some gentle exercise if you can manage? If not or if you're really worried the best thing to do is speak to a professional - a nurse or doctor maybe? Hope you feel a little more positive soon x

  • A big problem seems to be how someone who is 'twice a day' taking a Long Acting Beta Agonist (LABA) found in many Duel Inhalers (for example only, Fostair - but numerous other inhalers too) is ever going to know if their lung health is improved because the LABA is artificially keeping their airways relaxed and wider 'every hour of the day', 24/7. Each dose works for twelve hours so - taking a 12 hour apart dose means your lungs are 'always' being aided artificially - so you never know if your lung health is improving.

    On that basis, how do you ever get to come off your Meds and avoid the long term use of medication with all its potential side-effects.

  • Precisely Matman this is the million dollar question!

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