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Hi . I've just been given fostair to use. Anyone have bad reaction to this . Nervous about starting new meds. Thanks.

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Hi Atom1 take a postive attitude to this and not a negative one. I have been using fostair nexthaler for 9 mths and have had no issues.

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I’ve been put on it recently too. Has helped get mine under control after a really bad exacerbation.

Did make me slightly gittery to begin with but really nothing to be concerned about at all.

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It controlled my asthma but caused terrible side effects on me. Palpitation, anxiety,panic attacks and pain in my chest and heart. Still looking for the proper inhaler. Have to say although that many people with asthma I know, use fostair with very good results and no side effects.

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Thanks.i had similar side effects on other meds. So this is why I'm concerned.

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Hi, I took my first puff of Fostair 25 minutes ago! I didn't think it had worked to begin with. But after 10 minutes I felt I had more lung capacity than I've ever had! I had a go on peak flow meter and I blew the highest reading for a long time. I went to see Asthma nurse yesterday and she pretty much pushed the Fostair on to me. All my life I have used Ventolin. I get Asthma symptoms seasonally. In particular British summer time and there is a strong link between my Asthma playing up and hayfever. Very common combo. I am a little worried that when the time comes to me needing relief, Fostair won't deliver. Also, in the 15 minutes I have been reading on this forum, there seems to be a number of side effects. Reading all these other comments can cause one to become anxious and paranoid!

I was told to take 1 puff in the morning and 1 at night. And of course when I need relief. But no more than 8 times a day. I have only ever taken an inhaler when I've needed it. Never in prevention of. All new to me.

I am to go and see the nurse again in 1 month to let her know how I've been on it. Hope it goes well for you.

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Very similar situation to me. Had side effects from clencil which is why I'm anxious about taking this medication.

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Would be interested to know how it's going when you've been using it for a few weeks.

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I have been on Fostair for a couple of years now and recently went up to the 200. 2 puffs twice a day and up to 8 puffs if needed. For me, it’s been an amazing game changing drug. At full strength (8 puffs) yes, I get a bit jittery and heart races, but I find it brilliant. It gets steroid direct to the lungs and means oral steroids are often less.

Give it a good go. Good luck,

Liz

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I asked to be taken off Seretide a couple of years ago as I didn't like the powder and felt it was affecting my voice. So I was changed over to Fostair and Spiriva. I have had no problems at all with them and in fact started feeling much better (more 'normal') within a few weeks. I take the Fostair using a spacer which helps I think.

Don't worry about it, just make sure you follow the instructions about using it and I hope you'll find a great improvement too.

Good luck, Jan :)

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I'm on Fostair Nexthaler 200/6 2 puffs twice a day and prefer it to Symbicort which I had before. I find it easier to take (not sure if that's the Nexthaler though rather than all Fostair) and don't get the palpitations I did with Symbicort, even though I still need a fair bit of Ventolin (am on other meds too).

Hope it works well for you! Inhalers can be very individual.

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Everyone is different and different things work differently for us all. I never read the side effects on that paper that comes with medications because I don't want to know, and I don't want to imagine I'm getting side effects. However, I was changed onto Fostair about four months ago, in that time I've gained weight, feel nauseous often, had worse headaches and cramps, got shakey hands, can't sleep and I forget things. This might be unrelated and coincidental. Also my breathing is worse and my peak flow is on a downward trend. When I mentioned this to the nurse I was told everyone else is very happy with Fostair. I just don't feel it's working for me but I'm trying to think positively about it and willing it to work!

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Hope you feel better soon. Thanks for replying.

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I have been put on costs is for 1 week and feel so much better.

Before I was taking simbercourt but the powder didn't seem to go to my lungs, just gave me a sore throat.

I would try not to worry about taking fostair as it really can give you your life back.

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Sorry, predicted text. It should say fostair

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I have being on it for 4 years now, I had no reactions when I was first used it or since it’s far better than my old medication

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I have used it for years its very good

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Hi have a go and see, we are all different. I took it for nearly a year but was told to take up to twelve puffs a day with no ventolin and was a mess. Unable to hold a cup or cut food, shakes were so bad no sleep, palpitations, panic attacks but that was me and really they prescribed too much i think. I'm back to seretide now but to be honest would never say never again if I needed to change and nothing else would give it another go. Life is precious and we need to breathe. Don't take 12 puffs though.😊

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I have been using this three years now it's been good for me. I use a spacer two puffs in the morning two at night. I also have braltus one a day. I have had problems with asophagitus and toileting troubles but don't think it's anything to do with the fostair. Good luck hope this helps.

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I use a spacer too, and wash my mouth out after to hopefully prevent any problems in the throat. Apparently gargling is good too, but I’ve never figured out how to gargle, I just choke!!

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I just have a drink of water after taking my morning asthma meds as told to by my asthma nurse.

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Hi had asthma all my life

Aged 62 last couple years had lots of chest infections asthma attacks used ventolin for yrs seen specialist told to lay of the ventolin unless really need it told to use fostair 2× 4times a day max and it's made a vast improvement

No weezing at night or when I wake up

So yes give it a go its working for me 😊

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Hi Atom 1 I started on Fostair over a month ago and have had no issues. It has improved my symptoms and I no longer wake up in the middle of the night with symptoms.

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Hi Atom1, I started Fostair Nexthaler last year after hayfever triggered a fairly serious decline (never had that problem before, only chest infections used to bother me). Got a little hand jitter for a few weeks shortly after taking it, but that quickly settled down. It helped me to stop taking Montelukast, which was giving me really odd dreams and my Peak Flow readings have improved by around 15%. Best of all, no asthma exacerbations even during this year's high pollen due to hot weather. Occasionally get a touch of night time foot cramp. I find increasing walking during the day and going to bed with a microwave hot water bottle helps manage the foot cramps (I should mention I have very poor circulation in my feet due to Raynauld's so it might be nothing to do with the Fostair).

I strongly recommend you try to forget about the side effects leaflet. Every drug has side effects - it's just a matter of finding out what works for you and what you can cope with. That can vary from person to person and even at different times in your life. I once found Symbicort really helpful, but then it started making me cough - and as I have cough variant asthma, that was totally counter-productive. Give it a try and see if it works for you. Try not to focus on anything that crops up as a potential side effect, it might be totally unrelated. Good luck, I really hope it works for you it has been great for me.

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I have raynaulds too . So know how that goes. Thanks for your reply.

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Hi Atom1 how are you getting on with the Fostair now?

I would like to ask a question, if anyone knows, how much is too much Fostair? When I first started taking it several weeks ago, my Ventolin inhaler which I’ve had all my life was taken away, because I was told Fostair is a combination preventer and reliever. Which it is. I take 2 puffs in the morning and 2 in the evening as prescribed, then I can use it as and when necessary as a reliever. How much is too much? And, should it be one puff or 2 when used as a reliever?

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I was told 1 in morning and 1 at night

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Do you still have the reliever inhaler as well, like Ventolin or similar? Or just the Fostair?

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I do have the reliever .

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But doctor did say I could use the fostair during day so far needed.

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