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Fostair

Hi,

Today My GP agreed to let me try a Fostair inhaler instead of Seretide, which I suspect isn't doing me any good. I've to let him know how it is after two weeks. The Chemist wants to know after a week. Hope it is better. Has anyone done this and found any difference?.

Cheers.😀

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I liked fostair but it stopped working and I went to seretide which was amazing but gave me really bad insomnia (I even tried reducing the dosage) and I'm currently trying duoresp spiromax (I'm also taking braltus)

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Is it that drugs like Fostair stop working, or is it that over time as our condition progresses, we just need more? I ask because I have used Symbicort (a similar combination to Fostair I think) daily for 17 years, starting back then with two puffs a day and now using eight. Did you try upping the amount of Fostair over time and then find it didn't work any more, or did it just stop working altogether?

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It didn't stop working all together I just don't think it was right in the end... I ended up with a peak flow of 420 taking 8 puffs of fostair and had been for weeks and copious amounts of ventolin... in urgent care they changed to seretide 250 x 4 puffs recommended braltus and prescribed prednisolone.... I was high as a kit

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But in all honestly I think that the condition is changing see I had bad asthma as a kid but in the 80's they didn't do much for kids with asthma... it was mostly ventolin and the odd dose of steroids when you need them

Then in my late teens I got away with stopping all asthma medication (I'd been on becotide and ventolin for a number of years as a teen)

Then 2 years ago I had a bad dose of flu that didn't seem to go away and a cough I couldn't shift but it wasn't a normal cough I couldn't stand for coughing... I went to urgent care who sent me to a and e who sent me back to my gp who refered me to a specialist... long story short loads of tests later my asthma has returned without a doubt( there was a query over it being a heart problem because I was tachycardic the whole time this was going on)

So I think I'm going back round to being asthmatic from being medication and symptom free for 7/8 years

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I have been on Fostair for 10 days now and it has really worked well for me.

I have been able to do lots more without getting so breathless.

Hope it works well for you !

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Changing my meds from Seretide to Fostair proved very beneficial for me. I hope you find it's an improvement for you too.

You could also type Fostair in the Search British Lung Foundation box - above right. That will bring up older posts on the subject which you may find interesting. Or look at the Related Posts to the right of your post. They are all about Fostair.

Good luck,

Annie

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Thanks Brian and Annie.

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Seretide is stronger if you were on the 250..Fostair can be used as a reliever as well in you are on the MART programme you can take up to 8 puffs a day.

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Aparently you can only use has a reliver with asthma not copd I dont understand why it would be any different x

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I have severe asthma and lymphangioleiomyomatosis so who knows 😃 Anyway it wasn’t top for me I had it for at least 18 months and had to use the maximum dosage till I moaned and moaned to have a change x

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I have copd I have been using fostaire 200 I have so many side affects I am going to change x

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I went from seretide 500 to fostair 3 months ago. I have asthma as well as bronchiectasis. I’ve found that although I still get breathless sometimes my peak flow went from 350 to 490 in the space of a month and so far I haven’t had an exasperation since the end of March (although I ended up in hospital).

Seretide didn’t control my asthma properly.

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I was swapped to Fostair 10 months ago and other than having to be vigilant in mouth rinsing after taking the dose, to avoid the oral thrust. My asthma is much improved. My husband who is a poorly conrolled asthmatic with some structural damage due to poor control when he was a teenage was swapped from max dose of seritide AND 500mg flixatide was swapped 10 days ago with the add on of spireva. His peak flow has jumped from 380 to 450. It hasnt been this high for a long time. The major advantage with fostair is the delivery system allows the smaller particles to reach furthest part of the lungs. The combination of beclamethazone and formoterol has been know to be a superior combination for nearly 20 years. However the 2 drug structures we owned by different drug companies., so a combination was not likely until relatively recently.

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I changed from becotide to fostair and found a good bit of difference after about 10 days I would say, fingers X’d for you x

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Hi grayjay- yes I did the same in January and I am much better on Fostair .

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I was on Seretide for ten years or more - switched to Fostair and find it far better and more versatile. Spiriva was reinstated too, to be used in conjunction, but I really don't need it and barely need my Ventolin either. Works really well for me, but we're all different.

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Grayjay

I got switched to Fostair with an aerochamber in lieu of Spiriva. Have to say I didn't get along with it and have gone back to Spiriva. The attention by the local Chemist was good and he wanted info each time I called at the shop. As nothing seemed different Spiriva or similar came back.

Keep well

IKeith

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Thanks IKeith and All,

Sorry to say that so far I've not had much luck myself with Fostair so decided to go back to Seretide this morning. The Chemist said she will ring me on Tues to see how I'm getting on so it has spoken for itself. Also I'm supposed to ring my GP next week to tell him how I'm doing. With the change I've had more mucus and coughing fits and had a sleepless night last night due to it. So that convinced me to change back. Oh well no harm in trying.

All the best

Grayjay.

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