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Hello everyone, I am a 71 year old woman and have had asthma since childhood. I was diagnosed with COPD about 15 years ago. I have been using Combivent Inhaler for about ten years and it is very worrying to know that this inhaler will be discontinued in June 2008.
My prescribed dosage of Combivent is 2 puffs, 4 times a day. However, I never automatically use this amount, but try to always manage on less. Normally I use 1 puff four times daily, plus 1 puff of beclometasone at night. I do breathing exercises, plus 30 mins of yoga each morning and try to do a walk, even a short one every day.
Does anyone know what will replace Combivent? It seems as though there is no combination inhaler on the market that combines salbutamol and ipatropium.
Apparently, some GP's have been prescribing two inhalers. One of salbutamol and one of ipatropium. I have emailed NICE about this but so far, no reply.
It seems I have 'medium' scale COPD and manage with my present inhalers. I am concerned that my GP or nurse will try to prescribe a stronger dosage inhaler, or indeed different drugs.
I think anyone with any disease tries (or hopes) to lessen their medication. No medics seem to address the psychological problems that occur with having to use inhalers every day in order to breathe.
I haven't smoked for over 40 years, yet am still classified as an 'ex smoker'. this does annoy me. Smoking was an accepted social practise when i was a young adult. Even then I smoked only about 5 a day.
Thoughts on Combivent please.
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