just been diagnosed with COPD

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Hi  for those  who  ive  been talking  to   just  got  back from the docs.   and  the doc  said  its  been  caused  through smoking  even  though  i  was a  moderate  smoker  for  only  18  yrs.   i  gave  up  in  2014.  so  my  fault.  quite upset with  my  self.   anyway  meds ive  been  given  salbutomol 1  -  2  puffs  4 times  a  day.   incruse ellipta 1 dose  each day.    just  nearly  chocked  on the  incruse.    i  suppose  i will  get  used  to  using them .     anyone  out there  on these.  any  help or  advice   would  be  lovely    thank  u    love  julie   xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx

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    Hi Julie 

    You may just want to do what your doctor prescribed / advised concerning the salbutomol inhaler, but this is my experiencing of salbutomol:

    the salbutomol is the rescue inhaler, you only need to use it as you need to.  Its one to carry with you everywhere.  You may want to use it to open up the airways.  I have used it 15 minutes before other medicine so airways are fully open to receive a preventative medicine you may want to use it 15 minutes before you take (incruse).  

    Other times to use the rescue inhaler salbutomol  just as you feel you need to, some like to use it about 15 minutes before exercise or doing something which takes a lot of effort.  2 puffs 4 times a day if required but no more unless respiratory nurse or doctors tells you to increase it if you have a chest infection or cold for example.

    If you have a respiratory nurse at your doctors surgery, make an appointment so she can check your technique using the inhalers.

    I have no experience of incruse ellipta.

    Its worthwhile reading the information leaflet that comes with the medicines to familiarize recommendations on using the med.

    Hope you find you are soon breathe easy.

     

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      morning  Vee  thank  you for  your  messege,  i  have  fully  understood  what  you have  said.  many thanks  for  the  info.   now  ill make  you laugh  or  maybe  cry    but  i  wish  i  had  got  this  messege a  few  days  ago.     oh  dear  what  a time  i  had  evertime  i  got  breathless  i  used  the  salbutamol.  now  by the  time  we  got  to lunch time  i  had  used   if  not  more  than   the  recommended  dose.    boy  was  i  poorly.   luckily  my cousin angela  lives next door  shes  a   staff nurse.   stuart  my  hubby went  to get  her.  she  sorted  me  out  and  stayed  with me,   she  said  i  had  overdosed  on it,  and  my  body  had  gone  into  shock.   im  a  real  newbie  person  to this   as  i  was on diagnosed  just  under  a week  ago.   you will be  pleased  to know   i  do understand  what  im doing  now.  and  i shall  use  the  salbutamol  before  the  incruse  this  morning.   rest  assured  i   shall be  seeing  my  doctor  i feel  the meds  are not  really working.   and  i  will  arrange  to see  our  copd  nurse  at the  surgery.  thank  you  so  much  again  for  your  information   hope  you  are  well  take  it  easy   with  love    julie   xxxxxxxxxxx
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      Glad you have things organised julie.  the technique using the inhalers is quite important to be sure the medicine is getting to where it needs to be, the respiratory nurse will be able to help you with that.  The right technique can be the difference between the medicine working for you rather than not working for you.  

      Best wishes V

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      hiya  vee  thanks  for that.   i have  read  and  re  read  the  instructions   and  i  do feel  sure  i  am doing  it  properly.   im going  to  ring  docs in morning   and  get  an appointment  to  see the nurse  for  a chat.    and  also   i  want  to  see  a  doc  cos  i  dont  think  im  any  better   thanks  again       love  julie  xxxxxxxxx
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    hi julie what did they do to diagnose problem
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      hiya  ian,   after  having  an angiogram  cos  they  thought  my stent  in my heart  may  be  blocked.   i  had  heart  attack  in  2015.    all  was  ok  so  the  consultant  said  he  thought  it  was  my lungs.    i had  the  spirometry   that  blowing  test  thing  at  our  doctors  surgery   and  it  was them  that  said  COPD.   hope  you are  okay  ian.    all the  best  love  julie  xx
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