In 2012 I had been told that I have asthma / COPD as my FEV was around 48% and peak flow around 400. I was prescribed 400/12 Budesonide / Formoterol as a maintenance inhaler & Bricanyl 0.5 terbutaline inhaler as a reliever. I was taking these meds on a regular basics but despite this my readings where going down. Following a chest X Ray April 2016 after a sudden decrease in FEV1 to 33% my GP confirmed COPD and prescribed Eklira Aclidinium bromide 322 mcg. Despite taking all 3 inhalers as described I was still getting very breathless. I decided to purchase some testing equipment to check my lung function & peak flow, the results were dropping over the course of 3 months to a low of 26% and 250 peak flow.
I had my yearly review on Friday and the results of the tests carried out by the nurse mirrored mine. I handed her a copy of the readings I have taken and she left the room and returned with my doctor, he listened to my chest and said it sounds tight and he was disappointed in the test results as I was. Time for new meds ! It would appear that the meds I was on for the last 5 years were having little effect. They prescribed me with a 5 day dose of steroids and new inhalers complete with spacer so at last there is a chance that the medication will get to my lungs as I always found it a problem to suck the powder into my lungs from my old inhalers when feeling so breathless.
My new inhalers are : Fostair 200/6 & ventolin evohaler 100mg.
Also taking as a supplement : NAC N-Acetyl cysteine 600mg, Omega 3 fish oil capsule, and of course 1000mg vitamin C daily.
I will let you know how I get on with the new meds & supplements.
Nice to meet you all, stay well !!