Ventolin doesn't help much when I get breathless with copd

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I am also using seretide and spiriva,  Can I increase the dose of any of these please.  Many thanks.

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    I don't know o don't use spariva ... seratide is only for morning and Evening use ... but your Ventalin is your rescue inhaler ... you can use the Ventalin before doing any thing strenuous .. hope this helps 😊
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      I have the same three puffers, the hardest thing to do is keep calm when u are out of breath, but that's the only thing that helps me.

      Heading to the docs next Friday, think it will be oxygen for me!!!

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      Thank you so much Stew...art, scary isn't it?  I blame myself because I still smoke and I'm nealy 70 (not my fault)!!  Good luck for Friday, I would be scared to admit that I need oxyge.  xx
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      It is scary mate, I am 60 still smoking it's self inflicted, they say if you want a better quality of life towards the end you must stop. I probably won't stop!
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      Sorry to hear that Stewart .. hope you get sorted out ... they put me on oxygen to protect my heart .. but I get around fine now I'm used to it. .. I was petrified when I first went on it .. just sent me home knowing I was going on oxygen I didn't have a clue .. no one showed me either .. what makes you think you will go on oxygen ?
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      Hi stew and deanne I am 62 with high moderate copd and ashma.  I still smoke and have been getting away with it for around 7 years now.  My FEV1 has remained constant throughout.  I know I must try again to give up but it's so very hard isn't it?   I know I won't get away with it forever and neither will you 2.   One day the disease will start accelerating because of the evil weed and it will be too late to make much difference unless we stop and soon.   I don't mind the idea of death, but I hate the thought of suffering for many years because I couldn't stop. 

      Larry it is not so easy to stop and if we could we would.  Ok?   Just saying 'stop' is not much help.  We all know we need to.  When I get people saying that to me now I just say rather than criticising why don't you tell me I am strong enough to do it?  Why don't you encourage me and be there to hold my hand when I try again?   Or be available to talk to when I get awful withdrawal symptoms?   That is the way to help us you know.  All smokers know the dangers but not all find it easy to give up.  x

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      Oh I will also add when I tell my doctor or nurse about my breathlessness they always put it down to smoking!   I am sure they are right.  x
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      Me  neither stew...art, I don't see that I can and I enjoy my ciggies.  Lots of people my age have quit but they have been very poorly.  I just can't do it.

      Would you let me know how you get on tomorrow and what sort of equipment they give you please.  Thanks for letting me know I'm not alone xx

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      I stopped smoking just over 1 year ago.  Wish I could say it helped but frankly, it didn't. My copd continues to get worse.  Could it be that I stopped too late?  I only smoked for 60 years. lol

      It wasn't easy but meds helped.  I still want to sneak outside and have a puff on a daily basis.

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      I decided to give us smoking 8 month ago and felt very pleased with myself. Unfortunately, whether it is smoking related, I have been so ill ever since. The consultant respiratory chap told me that I had copd!! However, I am not so sure as the symptoms are more "sinus"........ runny nose, eyes and sniffing. Please can someone help??? Many thanks.

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    Hi, I am on spiriva in the morning and dirdupla (used to be sratide) with ventolin as rescue. I wouldnt increase anything without talking to doctor first
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    Hello Deanne

    If you are not having much help with ventolin, then you may have an asmatic component to your COPD. The two can and do co exist.

    I would call and ask your physician or pulmonary specialist/nurse for instructions. Spriva is taken only daily.

    I would not increase these until you have medical advisement.

    There also could be another reason why you are finding increased shortness of breath and that would need to be investigated.

    Let us know how you make out !

    Lill

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