I use Spiriva as my regular daily inhaler but my COPD nurse recommended using Bricanyl additionally as a reliever during the winter with the colder weather and strong winds. I quickly noticed that I was getting quite severe acid reflux which I wasn't getting before. I had to stop taking the Bricanyl and now, after a few weeks, things have settled down and there is no longer any acid reflux.
I saw my GP yesterday and mentioned this, her answer was to just take the Bricanyl when I really need it! Personally I don't think that's a good idea. Sometimes I find I need the additional help on the days the weather is not so good so this time of year I could do with taking a reliever fairly regularly. It's been proved to cause me problems so why take something that I know is going to be problematic? I've spoken to the pharmacist this morning and he suggested Ventolin Acuhaler. I'm seeing my COPD nurse at the end of the month and will, of course, discuss it with her but I have a feeling I might have had this before and it was changed to Bricanyl but I will check this.
I'm just wondering if anyone else has experienced acid reflux with Bricanyl particularly and found an alternative which doesn't cause the problem?
I can't use an inhaler with a propellant (the propellant causes problems for me) so it needs to be a dry powder type.
I was given Omeprazole when I first started on inhalers as they all caused indigestion but I can't take it or any indigestion medication which advises against where there is osteoporosis. I've got over the indigestion problem now by taking prebiotics daily but they don't seem to prevent the acid reflux.