? which inhalers

A couple of months ago I saw my GP with the sole purpose of finding out if she could change my inhalers as I felt I wasn't getting any benefit from my present ones. I approached the GP as my COPD nurse and myself just do not see eye to eye. GP admitted she didn't have enough knowledge about them so would refer me to hospital respiratory clinic. I phoned hospital last week to see if there was any sign of me getting an appointment only to find that I had not even been referred! At this point spoke to someone from the hospital team who have now sent me an appointment for the 7th January. I now need your help on here as I am really wanting to see how I can improve on the inhalers I have which are:

Seretide 500 taken morning and night and

Spiriva 18 mcg in the morning

I have become totally confused as to which inhalers have come on the market to replace these and the more I read the posts on this site the more I realise that there are many inhalers that some of us take which have improved their breathing. My problem is, which ones are used in place of the Seretide and which ones replace the Spiriva. I have been on these two for five years now and feel that there must be inhalers somewhere which are better.

You have all been so helpful with my queries in the past that I am sure you will be able to help this time. Thank you so much in advance.

PS Needless to say I have complained about GP not actually referring me on which I am sure is a totally fruitless thing to do!

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  • Hi, I was taken off Spireva ,and put on a tablet called Montelukast,,I'm sorry I forget the name of the red and white inhaler I tried I place of seratide 500 ,but I found the sears tide more suitable,. I have Bronchietis ,asthma ,emphasyma, copd, I'm 69 ,I m lucky I have a great relationship with the copd rehab nurses ,( I wouldn't be here now without their support over the last 8 years ) however ,like you ,,,I feel I have been on the same inhalers for some years ,,,,surely technknology has bought out new inhalers that might benefit us, my Bronchietis has been really bad the last six months ,and the breathing exercises made me exhausted, I have now been given a Flutter devise to help with my chest clearance, which does help ,but I do find it sooo very embarrassing when I'm out shopping and I start coughing,,,,people looking ,god knows what they think ,,,( it's easier to stay at home )

    But I have made a New Years resolution ,,,,,YES I WILL KEEP IT ,,,,to go back to the copd rehab for a 4 week top up and then get back in the gym ,where in 2013 I was doing 2 miles on treadmill, 3 miles on bike and 1000 meters on the rower ,,,,NO PROBLEM ,

    I have ranted on a bit i know ,but I think well you don't know me from Adam ,,,,so this is my background, good luck on Jan 7 th ,I would love to know how you get on,

    Best wishes for 2015.