I've previously either blogged or asked a question about indigestion as a side effect of Ventolin and Spiriva, both meds have indigestion listed as a side effect on their patient information leaflet.
After a rather unhelpful meeting with one of the doctors at my surgery who said the discomfort I was experiencing was nothing to do with the inhaler, insisted it was indigestion and prescribed Omeprazole (despite me telling her I'd never suffered from it in my life before and it only came on after starting on Ventolin), I discovered from the patient information leaflet that Omeprazole should not be taken if there's a history of osteoporosis so that really included me.
I tried to find a natural remedy but ginger nor peppermint afforded any relief. I discovered that prebiotics can help with indigestion so sent for some, started taking it and within 3 or 4 days I was pleasantly surprised to find that the indigestion had improved considerably.
I managed to get an appointment with my own GP who is very helpful, listens and is willing to discuss things. Just to be sure I left off the prebiotics for a week before my appointment and within a day or two the indigestion had started again. I told my GP of my meeting with the other doctor and she agreed I should not be taking Omeprazole and that the discomfort I'd had was definitely a side effect of the inhalers. She was very interested that the prebiotics were having such a positive effect and is happy for me to continue using them. I'm back on them now and happy to say that again the indigestion has all but disappeared.
I know we're all different and what works for one doesn't necessarily work for someone else, but I just thought I'd pass this on for anyone else who suffers indigestion.