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Fostair 100/6


Look I tried Fostair few months ago, it made me feel dizzy,drunk, hands shaked, but am trying it again.

This time I feel much better for using it, & it is being used with a spacer. Certainy helped during this hot weather.

Not sure what to tell my asthma nurse when I see her !! Unsure would someone help me with suggestions on how to say the fostair is helping me more than Clencil Modulite.

Advice & suggestions on how to approach it.

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Clenil Modulite contains inhaled corticosteroid only, Fostair is a combination of inhaled corticosteroid and long-acting reliever. That's why Fostair helps better.

im on fostair too so if you using your reliever inhaler less now than you was on your previous inhaler tell your asthma nurse they should do whats best for you

Is it a definite either/or for you? I interpreted your message as being that you take both, which might be a conscious strategy by your GP & removing either could be to your detriment. For example, altogether I have 3 inhalers & 2 tablets to manage my asthma (plus other stuff for other lung & BP issues), so it's not always the case that you just need one.

That's not to say that knocking one out WOULD be bad for you, but I'd at least get clarity on the treatment strategy that you have been put on so you understand it.

Apologies if I misunderstood what you're saying! If it's the case that you have simply swapped one for the other & it's better, then just make sure they hear that message - most GPs nowadays will take a steer from you on that.

Minushabens I have just swopped the Clencil Modulite, to fostair, as the hot weather didn't help in Lincolnshire, got stress with Socail services so all Ive done is have fostair other try.

Am pleased I did as I haven't been waking at night with a tight chest, I just unsure how to tell the nurse that fostair is working better for me!

If it's a straight swap & it works better for you, just say so - their interest is (usually anyway) that you are on the medication that keeps you well, so I'd just say that this time around you feel that you are tolerating it better & getting health improvements. That should be enough I'd imagine.

My GP actually makes me laugh at times by offering me these sort of choices - particularly around blood pressure. He'll go through 3 or 4 options then ask what I prefer to do - I feel like shouting 'you're the bloody doctor, you tell me!', but I know that fundamentally it's a good thing that he wants me to have a say in how I'm treated, & I think that's increasingly the culture in health these days; so as the patient you have certain rights to express your own preferences & hopefully they will accept what you're saying.

Hello I was taking clenil for several years with a reliver (salbutamol) as needed. Then over a year ago I had a bad patch and a different doctor suggested that I tried the combination inhaler and I now take fostair daily. I found using a spacer cut down and side effects, although I do still get hand tremors but they lessen after a while. I have noticed a big improvement in my regular peak flow readings and generally need the reliever much less.

So if your asthma is better controlled and you are managing the side effects that is very good news! When I spoke to the asthma UK nurse she asked which would I rather have the side effects from the medication or the asthma symptoms? If your answer is the same as mine was, "the side effects from the medication" then you have your answer as to what to tell your asthma nurse!

I read your post with interest because since being on fostair my breathing has got so much worse, like the worst I can remember my whole life and my peak flow also is the worst ever. Also, when I was changed onto fostair earlier this year my reliever (Ventolin) was taken away so I only have the fostair. Sorry I don’t mean to sound like I’m expecting you personally to explain everything to me. I’m just desperately seeking answers, when the nurse asked how I was getting on with fostair and I said not great, she said everyone else is happy with it. As I only have one inhaler as reliever and preventer I have no choice but to use it even though it doesn’t appear to be working. Also I have no idea how much is too much fostair. I’m prescribed 2 puffs in the morning and 2 puffs in the evening. How many ‘spare’ puffs a day does that leave me for using it as a reliever? Again, sorry, not expecting you personally to answer everything for me. I guess you just really hit a chord here.

That absolutely does not sound correct that you should have your ventolin taken away. I would ask AUK for advice & go back to Drs.


You are right I don't have the answer, but I do know that different medication works for some people and not for others. We are all different!

Sorry you are struggling to manage. I was, and still am able to use the ventolin reliever as I need to.

Lizzie 1956 has suggested phoning the Asthma UK helpline and I think that sounds a good idea as they are very knowledgeable about the various options and reactions.

Thanks you guys for your replies, I really appreciate your help. Maybe I will phone the helpline, just see if it’s right about not having the Ventolin anymore, and hopefully get some advice about my breathing. I bought a wedge pillow to see if that helps, this will only be day 3 so a bit early to tell. At this stage I’m willing to try pretty much anything.

Thanks again 👍

Oh Claire I would use it as needed as a reliever in addition to he 2 morning and night.

I was on cymbicort which has corticosteroid and the ventolin like reliever and it said take if needed as well. You have to take something not just die.

I think you need to have your treatment reassessed.

The corticosteroids do make the lungs itchier and more asthmatic. Put people like me on the treadmill once taken.

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