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Piper21
Piper21

What dose of Fostair 100/6 do most people take. I take one puff am and one puff pm . I supplement with Ventolin if I’m a bit chesty. A friend who is a nurse says I can use the Fostair two puffs twice a day if I find that better than using the Ventolin as 2 puffs twice a day is normal dose. I don’t really want to bother the Doctor with my query and due to corona virus I never got to see a nurse in my practice. Would be interested to hear what dose others take and do you use Ventolin or just more Fostair when needed

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oldestnewest

It should say on your prescription what your twice daily dose of fostair should be and this would be printed on the pharmacy lable on the box your fostair came in. It is normally 2 puffs twice a day.

Piper21
Piper21
in reply to CDPO16

Sorry yes I probably didn’t explain it properly. I only take one puff twice daily because that’s what prescribed on the box for me. My nurse friend suggests that I can up it to two puffs twice daily when feeling chesty. She suggests it may help more than Ventolin . Thank you for your reply . I see you are taking 2 puffs twice daily so it would seem as my dose is quite low.

Bkin
Bkin
in reply to Piper21

I don't actually use Forstair.

I am advised to increase my steroid inhaler when I have a chest infection and use the ventolin more frequently if needed but not exceeding the maximum dose as mentioned in the information leaflets that come with the meds. I use inhaler meds with a with a spacer especially at times when I have a lung infection.

Possible upping to 2 puffs a day when you have a chest infection would be advantageous.

Hi Piper,

When I was on it, I took two puffs first thing and two puffs at night. I was told to continue using the Ventolin as needed, but in an emergency to use the Fostair.

I did have an attack while on it. I suddenly got breathless and started taking the blue as that is all I had with me. (I was upstairs and the Fostair was downstairs, which is where I usually took it.) My husband went and got it for me. I took two Fostair, by which time the attack passed off.

Piper21
Piper21
in reply to Troilus

Thank you, so it can be used as a rescue also. I was only prescribed this over a telephone appointment, chemist delivered it because of lockdown hence I didn’t get the opportunity to ask the doctor or pharmacist questions

Pentreath
PentreathVolunteer

I am Fostair 200 and have two puffs in the morning and two before going to bed. Can take more if breathless as well as having Bricanyl as a reliever. Could be worth asking for a telephone appointment with your GP to discuss your dosage. If you feel well on your current dosage then that is probably right for you at present. The GP should be able to access your notes and check your prescription to see the reason for your prescription. Every one of us is different and need to be guided by our medics.

Piper21
Piper21
in reply to Pentreath

Thank you

Fostair 100/6 inhalation solution - Patient Information Leaflet ...medicines.org.uk › emc › medicine

Fostair is a pressurised inhalation solution containing two active substances which are inhaled through your mouth and delivered directly into your lungs.

Fostair 100/6 micrograms per actuation pressurised inhalation ...medicines.org.uk › emc › product › smpc

The recommended maintenance dose is 1 inhalation twice daily (one inhalation in the morning and one inhalation in the evening). Patients should take 1 ...

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I think I would reserve the increased dose for time of lung infection and at other times use the ventolin up to maximum dose.

I take both these inhaler meds but separately, not as combi as in Fostair.

Piper21
Piper21
in reply to Bkin

Thanks for very helpful replies

I have just been prescribed Fostair and the instructions are 2 puffs twice a day. This is a preventative med which acts longer term rather than Ventolin, which is a reliever and faster acting.

Having said that I believe there is some reliever in Fostair so have taken an extra puff but only when the Ventolin by itself needs some assistance.

Piper21
Piper21
in reply to hypercat54

That’s good to know hypercat54 , thank you

hypercat54
hypercat54
in reply to Piper21

You are welcome dear. I have had copd for around 12 years now and feel I know my own body and am knowledgeable enough about inhalers to 'tweak' them a bit if needed. x

When consultant changed my inhaler to Fostair said to take 2 in the morning and 2 in the evening. And use ventolin when needed also carry easy breathe inhaler when oit

Piper21
Piper21
in reply to Spacecat1

Thank you

I used to take Fostair 100/6, 2 puffs twice a day, for 2 years. For the last 2 years I have been taking Fostair 200/6, 2puffs twice a day. The difference between the 100/6 and 200/6 being a higher dose of corticosteroids in the 200/6. Yes, it can be used as a rescue inhaler, it is fast acting.

Piper21
Piper21
in reply to 2greys

Very helpful, thank you

Hi, I have Fostair I have 2 puffs am & 2 puffs pm each day, then ventolin as & when needed , hope this helps 😊

I found Fostair never worked for me. I started on Fostair 100/6 2 puffs once a day, then I went to Fostair 100/6 2 puffs 2twice a day then Fostair 200 / 6 2 puffs twice a day. Fostair worked fine if I was not in a period where I was prone to flare-ups and if I was having flare-ups then Fostair did not work. The finally to Revlar. I still have a few episodes with Revlar but I am finding Revlar works well.

I was taking two puffs twice a day which is the normal dose. Unfortunately I had horrific cramp at that dose and have gone back to seretide

Albertdog
Albertdog
in reply to Torchy

Same here - terrible cramps. Was changed to Braltus capsules one of a morning - good for a few hours after taking - but effect wares off. Need therefore to use more Salamol than previously to get relief. Must take this up with Doc when I am allowed out - and appointments restart.

Hi piper21. I’m on fostairnexthaler 100/6 and I take 2 puffs twice a day I can also use it extra if I need to as a rescue inhaler Anita x

Thanks for that, very helpful. I will continue as prescribed then and up it if needed. What would we do without this forum and all these helpful people ?

I take Fostair and my prescription states 2 puffs twice daily!

I do forget at times. I’m taking this amount at present due to affect of pollen.

I decrease dose when not chesty.

I have asthma... late onset.

I take 200/6 twice a day which is a lot and I would like to cut it down.

Do you take it for asthma or COPD? The method of use is different.

If you are using it for asthma , the dose 100/6, you can use it 'as necessary' up to 8 puffs per day. see below.

bnf.nice.org.uk/clinical-me...

Piper21
Piper21
in reply to stones93

Thanks for reply, no I’m using it for copd , does this make a difference?

stones93
stones93
in reply to Piper21

NICE says... in COPD use 2 puffs twice a day.... nothing about increasing it any more than that.

hypercat54
hypercat54
in reply to stones93

That's interesting. What about if you have both asthma and copd like me? x

stones93
stones93
in reply to hypercat54

No idea??!!

Hi I was on Fostair and found that 1 puff am and pm was fine. I also took Spiriva. I found I coughed more if I took 2puffs. My COPD nurse said not to use it more if I had a flare up tho the surgery nurse said I could. Now on Trimbow which replaces both Fostair and Spiriva. 2puffs am and pm.

Hi I’m on Fostair inhaler I take 1 puff morning & 1 at night which is what I was prescribed. I have the blue Salbutamol inhaler for emergencies but rarely use it. X

My medication was changed from Sirdupla to Fostair for no reason .I ended up in Hospital as caused panic attacks and couldn't breathe. Put back on Sirdupla no problem . Everyone is different but when I put a post on re Fostair, many replied with having problems using it. It doesn't mean to say it will cause you problems as we are all different. I am happy with my medication and hope it wont be changed xSheila

I’m doing fine on it garshe at the moment thanks. I really just wanted to know if it could be used more with a flare up

Two am, two pm, plus ventolin when required and spirits feeling 2.5 mg , two puffs daily. Hasn't made much difference to what I took before.

Piper21
Piper21
in reply to Maulics

Sorry to hear that you don’t feel any better on it to your previous medication, I was on Braltus before but am much better on the Fostair

Since my first diagnosis six years ago I use Fostair twice a day 2 inhalation’s. This is 100/6 but for a time I was using a much higher dose.

Thanks for that, I assume it’s suiting you if you’ve been on it 6 years, were you using more when you had flare ups?

Never increased dosage during exacerbation but did increase dosage to three times a day on the advice of a GP. I also used as I said 200/6 for a time until

A respiratory nurse deemed it unnecessary. I also use Spiriva and rarely Ventolin which I find now does not have any effect.

Fostair dosage. Im on fostair and the typical dose is 2 puffs twice a day. You should find you'll need less ventilin. I put it on my phone alarm. Excercise and plenty fruit and veg will help enormously. A 30 min walk, a few sit-ups on the edge of the bed daily and some press-ups will have a profound effect within just a couple months. Try it. Good luck, take care.

I am on Fostair 200/6 and take 2 puffs night and morning I almost never need ventolin unless I am climbing a very steep hill.

Piper21
Piper21
in reply to esmarelda

It’s obviously working well for you, I hope it continues. Yes the dreaded steep hills

Mine is 2 puffs twice a day and when I have a virus or infection I can double it.

Thank you, there seems an awful lot of us on it and it seems to suit most people

If you feel fostair works ok at one puff twice daily with occasional ventolin that’s ok. But if you feel one puff twice daily isn’t enough as you are over using the ventolin then speak to your gp.its important to keep things stable and tbh some GPs aren’t too busy at the moment. I use fostair 2 puffs twice daily . Never really used ventolin even though I have one somewhere. I would seek advice when increasing any inhaled steroid though .

However it does concern me re the amount of steroid I use taking 2 puffs and will try 1 when this CV dies down to see how I go on.

Piper21
Piper21
in reply to Chriskho

Thank you. Yes I’m ok on that dose most of the time. Use Ventolin if I’m walking up steep hill or playing golf. I think after listening to all you lovely people I will feel ok about increasing it if and when I get a flare up

I take 2 puffs twice a day and only use ventolin on rare occasions when I get chesty or before exercise

I have asthma and COPD. I wasn’t first prescribed Seratide but it wasn’t working well enough so they changed it to Fostair x2 puffs am and x2 puffs in the evening. I have the blue inhaler too in case. I stopped smoking when diagnosed and after a few weeks really felt the benefit of that

I use two puffs of Fostair twice a day and ventolin two puffs four times a day just at the moment for what the Dr thinks is hay fever. I was supposed to cut down on my Fostair to one puff twice a day but then I started getting breathing problems and had to go back on the two twice a day. Normally I don’t have to use ventolin, only if I get a cold.

I should say mine is 200/6

Hi there I take 2 Puff's of Fostair morning and night I take ventolin when needed. If that doesnt work i can use fostair more if needed. Hope this helps it works ok for me xx

Sally

Two puffs in the morning before I do anything else. The evening varies.

Two puffs twice a day. Ventolin if needed

Hi I take fostair two puffs morning and nigh been put on 200/6 twice a day next and then 1 montelukast every night (use my blue one if I have to)

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