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Hi ,

I am on salmetrol and Beclate inhalers. I want to reduce Salmetrol inhaler, has any one tried reducing?

 

regards

vijay

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  • K8sMom2002

    Vijay, … what has your doctor said about ways to reduce?

    What are your asthma ? Any way that you can avoid those triggers?

  • vijay

    Hi,

    thanks, well, my doctor says I can stop and go for Salbutamol. But since I am taking same from many years, I don't believe I can stop immediately. However I have strong feeling that Salmetrol is causing some side effects. So thought if any one in this group some strange experience with Salmetrol inhaler.

     

    regards

    vijay

     

  • K8sMom2002

    I would follow your doctor's advice on how to reduce this. Have you talked to your doctor about what side effects you're having? What sorts of side effects ARE you having?

    A rescue inhaler is critical to use when you have an asthma attack, so I would definitely talk to your doctor about your problems with it. 

    We have several folks on our forums – @GigiGibson, @Gloria and @Mandy, who use ventolin inhalers (another name for your inhaler's medication), but I'm not sure if they are exactly the same. I also use a ventolin inhaler, as does my daughter. 

    The side effects that I had at first to ventolin were an extreme case of the "jitters," an increased heart rate, and an almost immediate migraine headache. But my body grew accustomed to the medication over the years and now I don't have those side effects as often — and the inhaler no longer triggers migraine headaches for me.

    If you want to reduce your inhaler, I would talk to your doctor about and other ways to help your lungs. 

  • Jen

    Hi Vijay,

    Welcome to AAFA's asthma support forum.

    I agree with Cynthia about discussing how to change medications, side effects, etc with your doctor.  What kind of doctor do you see for your asthma?

  • K8sMom2002

    Vijay, are you still experiencing side effects from your inhaler? Hope things are going better for you.

  • vijay

    Hi Jen,

     

    thanks for inquiring. I changed the dose from 2 puffs to 1 , twice a day. There is lot of improvement. breathlessness has come down and also rashes also have come down. Next time when I go to doctor will update him on this.

    regards,

    vijay

  • Jen

    I'm glad to hear things are improving.  When do you see your doctor next?

  • Kathy P

    Vijay – glad you were able to step down your dose.  When do you see the doc again? Is the current dose controlling flares?

    My kids and I have had to change up meds and doses many times over the years. Here is an article that explains different types of asthma medicines and how the goal is to keep your symptoms fully under control with the least amount of medicine:

    Usually this means you start out with a higher dose, track your symptoms and then talk with your doctor. When you "step down" the dose, it's important to see if your asthma is still controlled.

    It includes this important note:

    Will I Always Have to Take the Same Amount of Medicine?

    Not always. You will probably take more medicine when you begin treatment to get control of your asthma. After a while, you and your doctor will learn which medicine(s) control your asthma best and how much you need. Once your asthma is well controlled, it may be possible to reduce the amount of medicine you take. The goal of this step-down method is to gain control of your asthma as soon as possible and then control it with as little medicine as possible. Once long-term, anti-inflammatory therapy begins, your doctor will want to monitor you every 1 to 6 months.

  • vijay

    Hi Kathy,

    thanks a lot.

    I suffered from nasal allergies for almost 15 years. But when i took Oxymetazoline nasal drops, it vanished. Even now if my children get any nasal allergy, that is the first line of treatment and it works very well. If you don't stop your nasal allergy immediately it infects sinus.

     

    regards,

    vijay

     

  • K8sMom2002

    Vijay, I have lots of environmental nasal allergies, too, so I get what you mean. Often for me nasal allergies flare, which leads to a sinus infection, which leads to post nasal drip and a cough, which leads to an asthma flare, which leads to bronchitis or pneumonia. 

    Have you checked out some of the ways AAFA suggests to ?