I was diagnosed with asthma about 10 years ago, though have used inhalers since being about 8 yo (I'm now 23). I used to have Symbicort but over a year ago had a letter from my GP saying that it had been switched to DuoResp to save money. I have struggled to use the new inhaler even after asking a pharmacist for advice. I mentioned it at my asthma review, but the nurse didn't know much about inhalers so couldn't help.
It's got to the point where I just don't use my preventer. To use it properly I have to sit down and concentrate which I just can't be bothered to do once I'm already in bed/ in a rush in the morning. I know I should use it but the amount of effort it requires to breathe it in means I struggle to use it even with the correct technique. I also get a lot of side effects, which again puts me off.
I want to go and ask for something else so that I actually use it. However, I'm not sure what to ask for. Given that I have barely used it for a month or so and am only using my salbutamol a few times a week, I think I'd like to step down to beclametasone, but this is the tie of year when I'm best and I know that that is not strong enough for the winter. My asthma control has improved massively by taking daily fexofenadine- I recently took part in a research trial and that involved allergy tests so I know for definite that allergy is a big trigger for me.
Should I ask for symbicort or just see if I can try dropping down to beclametasone? I want to be proactive and look after myself but I don't want to go to see someone with no real idea of what the best option would be.
What would you do?