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Inhalers like Ventolin?

Hi all, I hope you can help as usual,

I have tried 3 powder inhalers all have side effects which make me ill.

Spiriva, Aclidinium and Bricanyl.

The only inhaler I can use is Ventolin.

Is there anything of a similar but stronger version on the market.

May thanks

Steve

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Hi

You need a referral to your respitory team, Ventoline is a reliever the others are preventers.

There are several options available which your respitory team can discuss with you and arrange follow up appointments to monitor your progress. It may be the active ingredient or the propulsion method used. Rather then second guess, the respitory team have more knowledge and information plus they don't rush allowing you more time to explain.

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@stone do you know what would happen if a person stopped taking their preventive meds? are they likely to have an exacerbation do you think? huff x

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Hi

If you stopped taken a long term medication there may be some withdrawal reaction, which could lead to panic attack.

Other wise I don't see why there should be a adverse effect.

1,2 or 3 inhaler therapy seems to be dependent on the particular condition and stage.

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I had to stop taking mine because of side effects. It had no impact on the number of exacerbations I have (hardly any).

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Hi, I also had lots of problems with lots of inhalers, including Ventolin. The one that gives me the least trouble is onbrez breezhaler but as Stone says, you need to speak to your respiratory team.

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I have used, Eklira, Symbicort and now Seebri

You must be having a reaction to certain ingredients in them so need to work out what it is so you can see if there is something else to use but there are definitely other inhalers out there

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Many thanks for all the replies.

Steve

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Spiriva & Aclidinium are long acting bronchodialators (BDs) - open up the airways - each using a different method (modality). Bricanyl is a short acting BD, as is Ventolin.

You don't mention any containing steroid?

Nevertheless, I had problems with Spiriva but I tolerate Formoterol well. It is a long acting (12 hr) BD & maybe worth a try, and there may be others too, so maybe worth persevering with alternatives.

There is a long acting version of Ventolin but may only come as combination with steroid, worth asking the question though.

What are the side effects that they cause you?

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Hi Soulsaver, my side effects are mainly joint pains, muscle cramps, severe/migraine headaches and not able to get a decent nights sleep.

I am in the early stages of COPD, so I just need something slightly stronger than Ventolin to take when I get sort of breath.

I don't think I need the long acting inhalers yet. I don't like taking drugs ahead of time and I know long term use of steroids is a really bad thing.

Many thanks

Steve.

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Is it that you can't tolerate inhalers in powder form? Spiriva comes as a spray too, called Spiriva Respimat

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Hi Hanne, I am not sure, I have tried 3 powder inhalers all of which made me ill. the only one I can tolerate is Ventolin. As I am in the early stages of COPD, I think I can manage with short acting inhalers. I just need something a little stronger than the blue Ventolin, but try and avoid powder inhalers.

Many thanks

Steve

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