I have been an asthmatic from my early years. (I am nearing retirement now). Three times I have tried preventers but had to stop - becotide twice and seretide once. Each time I had the same symptoms. I am relating these symptoms how I see them in my mind. I have no idea what is happening in my lungs - just my symptoms. During these times I also took ventolin. I am asking because I am thinking of trying again but before I do, I want to know if anyone else has had similar symptoms with preventers. I continue to take Ventolin as it works very well for me.
My symptoms when using a preventer:-
My chest starts to feel drier with the ease of coughing up the phlegm after using ventolin much harder. Before using the preventer the phlegm is loose and easy to cough up, coming straight into my mouth (forgive the gross description) where I usually swallow it. With the preventer it's harder to cough loose from my lungs and then it gets stuck in my voice box. I then cough and cough until it comes right up.
As the weeks continue, this gets worse. It becomes much harder to free the phlegm from my voice box and I get to the stage where I feel it may not loosen and I can't breathe in or out. My voice becomes hoarse from trying to cough the phlegm free from the voice box and I become increasingly scared that I may not free it the next time. It is at this stage approximately 2 months after commencing the treatment that I quit. The last time I tried it, I held on as long as I could but finally stopped as it was getting worse not better.
I have lived quite well just using ventolin but after a particularly bad bout of flu a number a years ago it took ages to build myself back up.
I am interested to know if anyone else has had similar symptoms.
Many Thanks for your ideas.