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Flostair versuses seretide

I have very recently swapped from seretide 250 to Flostair 100/6. Started Tuesday and asthma is getting worse again. I thought it was just the heat but no barely two days of being off seretide my chest is start to ache and I reaching for my ventolin. Nuts I thought so I going to put myself back on seretide. I have made an appointment with one of my asthma nurses next Thursday. I was hoping to get on to a newer faster acting combination inhaler but nope my body is particular and old fashioned. The asthma nurse I saw last week 12 week review doesn't mind if I am on an'old' drug as long as it works. Sigh? !

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See here:-

healthunlocked.com/asthmauk...

this was 5 years ago!

Just Google 'fostair switch'

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Lots of different opinions and lots of discussion.Everyones different and everybody has there own experiences on Flostair. Generally speaking I don't go and read side effects but just watch how my body reacts to medicine. I took medication for another long term health condition I have gave me cramps at night. Hadn't put 2 and 2 together until I looked at causes of cramps nhs. Then asked my local pharmacist and he confirmed it. Come to think of it I go back tomorrow and ask. I always like to take things with a pinch of salt.

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I've been through multiple "switches" over the years. If it doesn't work just switch back, you're not crazy. We all react differently to the same thing.

FWIW I was just on salmeterol (Servent Diskus) for 15 days along with Qvar. I'm still on Qvar. I found the current formulation of salmeterol very powerful for clearing the asthma, but the side effects not so much. But you clearly have no problem with it. Instead of fluticasone+seretide you could just take beclomethasone (Qvar) and salmeterol (Serevent) separately to see if that gives you what you want.

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What is Qvar? Seretide 250 has been my only combination that I tried. So I thought I tried something else. I have tried to step down to just a reliver worked last year for the summer but not this year still needing the long acting steroid. Asthma is such an individual things that is something I learnt.

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I was switched to Fostair recently and feel like a different person, so much better. It is clearly a very personal thing. One point is that I was prescribed 200/6 dose on smart regime so 2 doses am & pm but up to 4 more instead of ventolin - previously I was on seretide 250, then symbicort 200 so I'm just wondering if you have the equivalent dose if you have fostair 100/6?

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I think so but I going to ask next week when I see the asthma nurse.

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Fostair 100 is quite a low dose. I was switched from Fostair 100 to 200 after a short while as it was not strong enough and I am doing well on this. I was also taken off Seretide but I do prefer Fostair now.

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So you went off (what dose of Seretide?) I was on 250 2 puffs twice a day. I gone back to Seretide last night. I was getting a tight chest so decided to switch back. Now back to normal

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A respiratory consultant (who I was referred to after a consultant in gastroenterology said I should have my asthma reviewed by a respiratory consultant) tried to switch me from flixotide 250 to Fostair. I refused point blank, arguing that a) my asthma was very well controlled with the flixotide so why take a risk upsetting things by changing the medication and b) I have been on preventer inhalers before that have used the steroid beclametasone as the primary ingredient; they have never been fully effective at controlling my asthma. Although I didn't say it, I wasn't happy about the strength suggested either - 100/6. The consultant backed down; I'm still on flixotide 250.

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I had same experience as yourself, when being forced to change from well controlled asthma on Seretide to Fostair 100 at the beginning of this year . Coughed incessantly, and ended up with 2 antibiotices, and 3 courses of Prednisone, changed to Flutiform, after another week, changed to Relvar, and just tapered off Prednisone this week. Feeling a little better now, but I will never allow myself to be bullied again, into switiching inhalers. Fostair contains Beclomethasone, and that irritates my throat, and causes constant coughing.

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I went back to see an asthma nurse on Thursday about the flostair not working for me. Nurse was very happy to change back to seretide which I had already done. Ask if I could try halving my dose of seretide to 125 from now 250. Ask for only one inhaler they usually prescribe two inhalers at a time. I have one started flostair but one untouched which I have to waste. Hate waste I am a daughter of a world war 2 child plus it's wasting money.

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