After having virtually no asthma symptoms for the past 8 years I have had a REALLY bad run since Nov - have had several long bouts of Prednisolone, AB's for recurrent chest infections, changes and then increases in preventer medication, hospital admissions for 7=10 days at a time etc etc. I have very unusual asthma in that I don't have a wheeze and it sounds as if I have good air entry etc. This unfortunately means that MANY Dr's haven't taken it seriously and my health has really suffered as a consequence
Last week I finally managed to get back in to see the top asthma specialist in Melbourne I used to see when I was at University. He has taken me of Seretide and Serevent and put me on Symbicourt. The instructions were I could take 2-4 inhales when needed - as much as every 2 hours - then after 4 if not improved enough to use the nebuliser with ventolin and atrovent.
A few days in and unfortunately today I've been struggling more and have used the pump quite a few times - after taking the Symbicourt - I'm hoping this is a combination of a cold and the meds not fully working yet.
I guess I have the following questions from users
- How long does this medication take to have full effect?
- How often do users also have to use ventolin on 'bad' days - either through nebuliser or puffer?
- At what point do you skip the symbicourt entirely when going downhill and go straight for the traditional reliever?
I'd love to hear from people who use this medication and how they find it - I'm liking the fact that it has replaced 2 preventers and will (hopefully) replace the nebuliser when I am stable.