Asthma and Symbicort turbohaler?

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I have been asthmatic since I was 19 [in Cornwall - damp air],  now live in wet West Wales. Had years of Intal, spincaps, prednisilone tabs, becotide, ventolin and so on - now on Symbicort inhaler two puffs morning and evening - seems ok. Had anyone else any good or bad experiences with this?

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    My mother is an asthmatic patient and she using the Symbicort inhaler for more than 3 yrs now. We have not come across any bad experience. All lokks to be fine. Still if you face the slightest problem immediately contact you doctor.
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    Ventolin and Beclotaide for many years. Then they informed me the ventolin   ( never used more than 2 puffs)  had damaged my heart so put me on only Symbicort 160 - one puff morning and night. This is the best drug I have had in 40 years. BUT you mus check INTERACTIONS, ok ?  Did you ever think of moving ? GOOD LUCK.
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    Hello Caroline

    Yes, I have had good experiences with this drug.  Had Asthma for over 10 years now.  Mine is mainly due to a disease I have and Samter's Triad, but have had awful bad breathing and attacks.  Long Story.  Was on Symbicot for 2 years previously, worked very well, but my disease got worse and effected my asthma.  Hospital gave me a stronger dose of Symbicot, it worked, GP refused to give me higher dose, so been without it 18 months. Been on Nebulizers every 4 hours and through the night.  Seen Respiratory Specialist and has put me back on Symbicot a high dose, bingo!  Breathing a lot better.  Yep me too been on all the meds you say, but mine is working for me.  Really hope it works for you too.  Never had problems with it.  I am currently on the 400, before Asthma too bad was on 200, it really worked. Hope the above helps. But don't forget, always take your reliever with you and take it if needed.  I have not done this in the past, ooooo slap!  I go too confident that things were ok.

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    Thanks all - yes I am on the 200 strength so far.

    Michelle, they told me that the Symbicort acted both as a preventer AND a reliever - and it is the only thing I have been prescribed, apart from a course of Prednisole tablets if I have a bad turn.

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      My consultant told me too it was preventer and reliever.  I asked him if I had an attack can I use my NHS Nebulizer or Reliever he said yes of course. I would ask your GP, hopefully you'll never have to use it at all. My mother had Asthma for years, hardly ever used her reliever but she regularly ordered one.  Well the Symbicort is working very well at the moment and I have had to use my reliever a few times, but as I say my Asthma is caused by a form of Vasculitis and Samter's Triad, mainly related to food.  Don't worry but do contact your GP.  I was bad with my breathing etc, was told NHS does not recommend Nebulizers for Asthma sufferers, but I insisted and provided evidence, it has saved my life.  My Consultant said I can use both if needed.  Please if ever you do get a bad attack call 999 immediately, I did not a few times, luckily my nebulizer saved me.  I have learned my lesson.  My disease is rare, the Symbicort is work but I never go out without my reliever.  There are hopefully new drugs coming soon, if NICE aprove for Eos and Severe Asthma, they have a meeting in July.  This will allievate the need for steriods if approved.  But with Asthma never take chances, any sign of a chest infection, see GP asap.  I'm still here after over 7 years with severe asthma because I now don't take chances.  Good luck and take care.
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      Thanks for the advice Michelle - I have a course of antibiotics in the cupboard just in case I start a chest infection over a weekend! Not had to do that now for a couple of years now!!

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