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I haven’t been diagnosed long with asthma, I have got fostair inhaler been on it 2 months and I’m now starting to get hoarseness and little dry throat. I have noticed I have a little cough. Has anyone else had these problems and did it go away with time?? Sorry about the long question I’m new to all this and asthma

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It can be a very common side effect. If you're not already doing so, use a spacer, rinse your mouth or gargle after use and keep well hydrated. 🙂

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Jo85 in reply to twinkly29

Thank you, I am doing everything that you have mentioned.

Hi Jo85

I had this problem, people thought I was sick, the following advice was given here on Asthma UK, for which I am very grateful:

Gargle with mouthwash spit it out. I also swallow a small amount after gargling. HOARSENESS GONE. 🐈‍⬛😻

Best of luck


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Jo85 in reply to djbctla

Thank you for your advice, I will give it a go fingers crossed 🤞🏻

Interested in this as I have told my GP and asthma nurse that my preventer is making my asthma worse and spacer, gargling or rinsing makes no difference. Its like my fostair is causing inflammation.

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twinkly29 in reply to Annnor

Inhalers can cause coughing as a side effect but usually that's all it is - a cough reaction due to reflex or an irritation in the throat. It's not actually making the asthma worse or causing inflammation. Not that it's fun to put up with or anything but cough doesn't necessarily mean it's the asthma.

I have been on Fostair 100/6 for 12 months and have similar issues to yourself. If I talk on the phone to my daughter for any length of time I also get a hoarse throat. I use a spacer, I always rinse and if I have a bad throat I use two things . One is a honey and menthol throat 'sweet' immediately after using the inhaler (one puff twice a day) and if I have any other throat issues at other times I swear by taking ie sucking one 'Fishermans Friend' tablet. They are a bit of an acquired taste but once you get used to it, they do work well to settle my throat. Not wishing to sound too negative about Fostair, I must say I never now wake at night and very rarely use my ventolin except prior to exercise on my exercise bike. I am 76 now and have had asthma since my teens and I must say my asthma is now better controlled than ever before. Any side effects must be seen as minor irritants compared to the overall improvement in my condition.

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Jo85 in reply to Improver

The inhaler is helping my asthma a lot, I’m still running 3 times a week I would say the fostair inhaler is better than Qvar.It’s just the hoarse voice and a cough

I have also found gargling in plain water after each puff of Fostair prevents hoarseness. If I have an irritation in my throat I suck a Vocalzone tablet (available from chemist shops).

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Jo85 in reply to Lorcas_15

Thank you for the advice

I don’t use that inhaler but to avoid similar effects I use my inhaler directly before a meal. So no need to gargle/rinse, the food removes any residue.

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Jo85 in reply to Chest1

Ok that sounds good idea thank you

Have something to drink after, it works for me

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