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Im a bit worried, ive just had a viral infection which has knocked me for six , my nurse put me on Fostair my concern is when ive googled it , it says its for severe copd has anyone with mild copd like me been prescribed it thanks 

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Good morning mariebird,

I have been on Fostair twice a day for about a year, together with Salamol as and when needed. I have moderate copd.  

Apart from the likes of today, when pollution is high, I am great, no problems. Please do not believe all you read in goggle or you will be worrying yourself sick.   This is the best place for advice, and you will get it from real people who know.

xx

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Good morning thankyou for your reply ive allways been a stress head , im just hoping that the change in my breathing is down to the viral infection i had and not the copd getting worse. 

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I imagine this is exactly what it is.  Don't worry - copd does not suddenly deteriorate overnight. Speak to some on here who have had it for many years.  It's not a death knell. Just do as your told as regards diet, exercise and sensible living;  you will be fine- just look after yourself and see your surgery about booking a Pulmonary Rehabitation course, which I am sure you will enjoy.

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You have really made me feel better, the only advice i have been given is to stop smoking which i have done (11days with the help of e cig ) may be its time to change doctors x

I have been poorly too with a cough bug....and was given Fostaire by nurse practioner last week. But he said to get my asthma /COPD under control with steroids and ABs before I start the Fostair next week. I have a peak flow meter to check my asthma so I will try the new inhaler and see what happens to my readings.

I have to go back to see the nurse in three weeks....has your nurse said the same 

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My nurse told me to try it for a month then go back and see her im just hoping i see some improvement by then my last lung funtion test i was diagnosed mild copd in december ,im worried now that it has gone to severe in less than six months 

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No way Marie so relax.   It just doesn't progress anywhere near that quickly - 60 years is more accurate!   You are probably feeling worse for the time being because you have packed in the smoking.  This can make you more breathless and cough more until the lungs have recovered themselves a lot by clearing out all the gunk in them accumulated over the years.   

Whilst copd is progressive often it can be held stable for many years or only losing the odd point or 2.   It is still mild and not severe - trust me.  x

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Thankyou if it takes sixty years to progress i should be ok till im 120 then i hope your keeping ok x

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Yep that's it :)   I was diagnosed as mild at 56 and 6 years on I am still mild.  My doctor told me not to worry about it as something else would get me first ie old age :)   x

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Love it thanks old age will do for me x

Had a severe cough for 2 months and can hardly breath with COPD. Unfortunately my doctor isn't interested in appointments so have been left on my own to find out what I can to clear symptoms. Plus couple of out of hours nurses and steroids. Not much help. Anyone any suggestions please. Just want to walk again

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teddywinks i know how u feel drs dont seem interested what kind of cough have you got , if its anything like mine its driving me crazy cough cough cough and cant bring anything up . Ive been told to inhale olbas oil which ive started hoping that works take care x

I have been on fostair for a couple of years for my asthma, my dad has it for copd we both get on great with it. I have to say it made a massive difference when I first started on it. Dad got swapped to it after I spoke with his doctors he is able to have a pretty normal life and he's a little forgetful and mum has to remind him he has ventolin as he needs it so infrequently... Give it a try and I hope it makes a difference to your life 

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I cant say ive found any improvement i started it on friday maybe i havnt given it long enough , im also on two other inhalers salamol and seebri breezhaler 

I can't remember how long it took to start taking effect but it is definitely improving my quality of life's most of the time

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Cheers i will persevere with it 

I have been on Fostair a few months ,I have i been told by a practice nurse servere COPD it defently opens the airways quicker but i am finding i do need to use it 3x a day rather than 2 x

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Thankyou nurse told me to use it morn and night but can use it when needed as long as i dont use it more than six times a day x

I'm moderate and have fostair I still do everything I always have just slower :)

I have mild copd and was on symbicort when i first got diagnosed but it gave me very bad headaches so my gp put me on fostair so please dont worry x

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Thankyou i feel better now after the replies ive had x

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