I post on behalf of my 94 year old mother she has never smoked but my late father did and mum was diagnosed with Emphysema in the 1980's. She has been in a care home for nearly 6 years with various problems one of them being COPD. I have just discovered that her GP has taken her off of Salbutamol which she has been on for many years and replaced it with Fostair 100/6 she is also on Formeterol 12mcg twice a day. The instructions for Fostair are one puff twice a day which means she has no other inhaler if/when feeling breathless, previously she coould take Salbutamol as and when needed.
My question is should Fostair be given as a replacement for Salbutamol because from what I have read it is more like Seretide which is a preventative, the situatuion we find ourselves in is that there is nothing she can have to help her once she has been given the Fostair twice a day e.g. she felt unwell overnight and the carers told her she could not have the inhaler again.
Any advice would be appreciated as I intend to contact her GP on Monday morning