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seretide 500

cant understand why my belly looks like i have a football up my shirt since i have been on seretide 500 for 6 months

i wonder if seretide is doing it to me or its just making me eat more has i do plenty of walking exercise on treadmill but just cant seem to lose this belly, mind you i am not putting weight on so thats one good thing and it could be that i have not smoked for 4 months

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Very pleased to hear you have given up the fags!,

Keep active you are definately on the right path



I've just had a look at the BNF - the side effects of inhaled corticosteroids don't have weight gain listed - that tends to be more of an issue with oral steroids which tend to increase your appetite.

But as you say, you aren't putting on weight...



thank you so much for this info mark


Just had a quick thought - why don't you keep a diary of what you are eating? Smoking is an appetite suppressant so your appetite may be much improved since you have stopped smoking - and if you are more active that is going to improve your appetite.



yes mark i am prety active i still work part time and i go to the gym and walk on the tread mill for 5 miles 3 times a week.

but i would really like to know is do you think it is really true that if you look after yourself your lungs can be like someone with normal lungs has i think we all know this nasty COPD do and will progres..

also if i feel good with seretide 500 would it not be better if i was on seretide 250 until my breathing and wheezing gets really bad later on in life and then go on to seretide 500, or do it not work that way

sorry to be a pain with all the questions

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Seretide 500 is usually one puf twice a day - Seretide 250 is usually two puffs twice a day - so they are the same.

The benefit of Seretide 250 is, because it is two puffs, it gives people some flexibility with the management of their condition - e.g. if the conditions are right to take one puff in the morning and two in the evening etc. But that would only be done as part of an asthma or copd management plan -as discussed with practice nures etc to keep your symptoms under control.

Once you have damage in your lungs e.g.COPD there is nothing you can do to reverse that damage. But by keeping active etc you are conditioning your body to cope better with whatever damage is there. So your lungs are never going to be normal again - but you can lead as near a normal life depending on how your condition affects you.

Once someone has stopped smoking the progression of copd slows - it still progresses but at a much slower rate than if someone carried on smoking.

So carry on doing what you are doing - concentrate on the positives of your life - cup half full and not half empty.

Why don't you give us a call and talk to one of the nurses in much more detail about the seretide 250 vs 500.



once again thank you mark and i will call


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