I use Eklira twice a day and Fostair double dose twice a day. I feel really weak

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I was diagnosed with COPD three years ago at the age of 68. After a few exacerbations I was put on Eklira twice a day and now Fostair double dose twice a day. I am still breathless and taking ventolin a few times a day but also feel very weak, tearful and depressed. Wondered if this is the COPD or the drugs side effects

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    Hi sheila

    I think you need to speak with your doctor about what you are currently experiencing.

    Breathlessness is a daily occurrence for me even with inhalers, its the norm for me.

    If your breathlessness has recently worsened, as suggested you could be coming down with an infection, or flu virus, I hope not for your sake, but do try and make contact with your doctor to discuss things, a telephone appointment perhaps for starters.

    Take care keep warm.

    Best wishes V

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    i have C O P D and i feel depressed i dont think it could be the inhalers i think it is part of not being able to breath and i also have oxygen when doing some thing or walking i get very upset and cry a lot not every day but quite often

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      Hi diane

      Welcome to the discussion forum

      Maybe mention what's happening with you to your doctor diane, it is difficult coping at times, I wonder have you attended a pulmonary rehabilitation course. if not ask your doctor for a referral, it will help you I am sure if you've not yet attended one.

      If you are in the UK check the British Lung Foundation web pages for a Breathe Easy group in your area where you will be able to meet others with a lung condition and get additional support. BLF helpline may be able to assist you with any worries and concerns you may have regarding coping with / living with a lung condition.

      Take good care and hope you are feeling a lot better real soon.

      Best wishes V

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    Sheila,

    As for me, my COPD has left me with just 30% lung capacity. That is where how well /not well I feel at anytime begins. If I'm conjested or dealing with another malady, then that can make matters worse (lowering my activity level). On the other hand there are still days when the weather is perfect and my condition is eased a bit. My medications help me and do not seem to be weakening me.

    Good luck to you and please feel free to post more.

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      Thanks Larry, I was in two minds but after reading a few comments my aversion to too many steroids has been eased. Started taking the small course I am given for emergencies today

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    Hi Sheila, what you are experiencing is awful, not what you need at all. It does take ages to see a Dr. also it's not a good idea to be sitting in a waiting room with all the bugs. Can you check to see if there's a Rocket Team at your local hospital? They are specialist nurses who come to your home and they're wonderful and contactable at any time. Hope this helps bless you.

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