I have copd. I am on oxygen 24/7. I take Spiriva first in the morning. I rinse and then gargle very well with water after. I have been on Spiriva for a number of years and it never caused me any problem. Then the doctor added Flovent to my med schedule.
An hour or two after taking Spiriva I take 2 puffs of Flovent. Afterwards, I rinse and gargle with water, then rinse and gargle with TheraBreath oral rinse, which is anti-bacterial but alcohol free.
In the evening I again take 2 puffs of Flovent, rinse and gargle with water first, then with Prevention oral rinse, which again, is anti-bacterial but alcohol free.
Since about 6-8 months after starting the Flovent I am having problems with thick mucus way back in my throat that is sometimes almost impossible to break up and get rid of. My throat doesn't hurt in any way; it's just this thick mucus that I can't get coughed up and out and then it'll put me on a coughing binge. There is no tickle in my throat that sets me to coughing, but the mucus does create some situation that starts a coughing spell; then when I can't get it pulled loose so I can cough it up the coughing spell leads a panic attack because I can't get any air.
I am 99% sure it is the Flovent that has created this problem. I am 100% faithful to the rinse/gargle cycle so what else can I do? I go to the doctor in a couple of months and will talk to him about this, but if anyone has any knowledge or options for me in the meantime I would very much appreciate hearing from you.
I am not in a position where I can just run up to the doctor's office, so I don't make the trip unless it's necessary. It's getting close to that with this mucus thing but since I have my regular appointment in 2 months I'm trying to hold off until then.
Please share your experience, knowledge, ideas with me on this problem.