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Am on symbacourt inhaler and carbosistine

That's it for my broncheastasis

Am interested what other medications others have been prescribed or used

Do you have regular reviews by gp?


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Hi Ripley ,I'm on fostair and spiriva for mild emphysema, broncheistasis ,I have assesment breathing test every twelve months at GPS surgery my fv1 is 40 been told this is moderate to severe ,I see consultant supposedly every six months they are always running behind so it is every ten months .I was tried on symborcort gave me really painful cramp so I was changed to fostair hope this helps

Hi Ripley,

I have Fostair, ventolin and spiriva respimat.

My antibiotic is azithromycine 3 days a week.

I use a flutter to shift mucus.

I have bronchiectasis and bronchiolitis obliterans.

Hope you are getting the information you want

in reply to wheezyof

Hello wheezyof. You say you take fostair, ventolin and spiriva Respimat.

Are they for bronchiectasis? What do they do please? I have traction bronchiectasis and I have been told by a consultant it is similar but not the same as bronchiectasis. The traction is caused by the holes I have in my lung (honeycombing) where thick mucus collects. I only take carbocisteine (2 tablets three times a day) to thin the thick mucus. I am under consultants for my other conditions but not for bronchiectasis, and wonder if I should ask to see a bronchiectasis consultant as they may prescribe something specifically for traction bronchiectasis.

in reply to sarcoid123


Yes, do talk things over with your doctor. My inhalers are to dilate the airways, to strengthen my lungs and to reduce the amount of mucus I produce.

I am unable to take carbocisteine as I started vomiting when I tried it. The flutter helps to shift it though.

Always talk to your doctor. If you are not happy with him/her get further advice from here of the British Lung Foundation

Keep well x


Symbicort, Speriva a ns ventolin. Also some sort of nose spray to reduce mucus in my throat

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I have both those. And another inhaler called dukliar my usual blue inhaler. Lorazepam for anxiety and panic attacks. Preslidone for my emergency pack with antibiotics. But just changing inhaler doctor going to try me on Ellipta I have it in the house ready but always worry when changing things like inhalers the dukliar not working well. Do you just have the 2 medication

I have asthma and Bronchiectasis. On pulmicort (steroid inhaler) and bricanyl (reliever inhaler) for asthma but nothing more specific for Bronchiectasis. Except for emergency pack of antibiotics for flare ups. As far as I understand there are no preventative/management drugs given specifically for Bronchiectasis. But if you have certain bacterial infections/colonisation of certain types of bacteria (e.g. pseudomonas) you may be prescribed antibiotics for long term use.

I have broncheistasis and asthma. I take sparive, salbutamol, and symbicort inhalers. I take colymicin through a nebuliser and carbosisteine tablets. I have co-amoxoclav when I have an infection.

I see a specialist about every 6 months and have breathing tests about once a year, and I've seen the physiotherapist a few times too

Carbocystiene or another similarly effective mucolytic (eg N-Acetylcysteine) is probably the most commonly prescribed drug type for bronchiectasis sole (ie no other lung condition - just bronchX).

For bronchiectasis sufferers with frequent exacerbations (say more than 2 per year) a bronchX consultant would likely recommend a prophylactic reduced dose of antibiotics to be taken continuously. These days azithromycin seems to be the prophylactic drug of choice (250mg capsule 3 times per week) with doxocycline, amoxycillin or amoxycillin/clavulanic acid being other regular choices, particularly for those who suffer side effects from azithromycin. As another poster has intimated colonisation with difficult bugs tends to require special antibiotic treatments often in nebulised form.

Symbicort is a dual drug of inhaled steroid (corciscosteroid to be more exact) and a short acting bronchodilator. Neither of these is actually recommended for those who suffer solely with bronchiectasis in normal circumstances, but it's often prescribed for those with bronchiectasis plus asthma and perhaps bronchiectasis plus COPD/emphysema. Doctor guidelines do recommend that a long acting bronchodilator like doxofylline be considered for bronchX patients who suffer wheezing. I have used Symbicort in the past and it seemed to be quite useful but I dropped it out a year or so ago and only use it for short periods if I'm feeling a bit short of breath or overly wheezy, which happens infrequently

Sources: personal experience (bronchX sole patient), several years of reading others' experience on this BLF forum and the 'British Thoracic Society Guidelines for Adults with Bronchiectasis', which stands as the authoritative guideline for doctors in the UK (accessible via the internet - search on the title I put in quotes).

I take symbacort for my athsma which works well but I have side effects such as fly trees in my chest and dizziness do you have any side effects

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