Ventolin not very effective

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Hi again all, I'm finding that Ventolin doesn't help much when I'm SOB but one puff of Fostair does the trick. Has anyone else experienced this please? My Rocket nurse seems to be a bit on the fence about this but I need to know if it's O.K. to do this. Thanks again for all your responses, it's lovely to know you are there.

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    I have only got Salbutamol and forever have said it does nothing at all for me, I was then just given the same thing but with the long tube so it would go straight to my lungs quicker, Well this is not much good when outside and struggling and i also find it no good. I have never heard or been told of Fostair but would love it if i was told of different things i could have used as ive been stuck with inhalers that are hopeless for me

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      Lovely to hear from you Margaret, many thanks for letting me know I'm not alone. Do you have a Rocket Team at your local hospital? Do inquire, they are great. They are a specialist team of COPD nurses who come to your home. Also there should be an Asthma clinic at your surgery or maybe your friendly pharmacist could advise you but there definitely are more inhalers out there to help you. Good luck and many thanks again.

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    Deanne Iam on trimbow now butwhen i was on fostair it was not a reliever but along term 2x a day to help keep lungs open Do you not think you maybe need a review of your meds

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    Thank you for that James. It can be quite confusing. I am having a review next week so maybe I will get my answers, bless you.

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    Ventolin can be more effective when use with a spacer / aerochamber.

    Forstair is a preventer medicine, whereas Ventolin is a Reliever medicine.

    Trimbow like Forstair contains a corticosteroid are you finishing up the Forstair before starting on the Trimbow (re your other post New Inhaler) Its not usual to be taking both these alongside each other.

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      Is Ventoling the same as the Easyhaler salbutamol i have ? I have said many times it does nothing for me when i am out and if struggling and yes it was the aerochamber i got along with it but as i said when out not much good and still doesnt seem to work for me. As i got

      so bad i was then given the 30day inhaler which you take once in morning which helped me The ANORO one but yes still if im out i have nothing that helps when SOB

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      HI Margaret I would think that like me a lot of people get out of breath with copd but ventolin is mo magic cure If I take it when i am wheezy it does help but most times out and about I just take it easy or sometimes maybe stop for a wee rest whenever needed I have tried many meds and they have all helped but none have stopped me getting breathless I think we have to learn how to live with it and manage it to our capabilities Bst wishes

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      I don't know Easyhaler but I have previously used salbutamol which is the generic of ventolin. I do think ventolin works better than the generic albutamol.

      Salbutamol / ventolin works when the airways have narrowed it is a broncho dilater, so for general shortness of breath (that most all people experience with COPD even with inhalers) you are not going to notice any difference.

      But if for instance your airways have narrowed* for me it is noticeable that the airways open using salbutamol / ventolin and it is more affective in my own experience when a spacer (the aerochamber) is used with the inhaler.

      I don't have asthma component but for those that do their respiratory team may advise when and how to use the device in more specific ways.

      Either way always best to chat with your own medics about the problem you are experiencing and to check that your technique is affective when using the "Easyhaler" or any other inhaler you feel you are not getting any benefit from.

      In addition all inhaler meds come with a patient information leaflet on how to use the medicine which is always worth reading and re reading to be sure you are using the medicine as you should.

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      Well yes she said to me am i using it right and i did in front of her but when taking a puff she said Yes you are but to me as i said it does not do nothing for me at all

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      Hi James - I have heard some patients say their respiratory nurse have advised them to do this buy I think only in certain situations for particular patiens, I can't remember all the details but I would say any one should check first with their respiratory nurse if they would recommend using the inhaler meds with spacer that way. Without the spacer of course (and possibly using the spacer) there could be a risk of overdosing if instructions from medical professional was not first sought.

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      It is for you to communicating with your respiratory nurse, doctor or consultant if you think your inhaler is of no use to you and for you to understand not just the technique of using the inhaler but when to use it and under what circumstances is it helpful to use it.

      I could tell you what I have learnt over the years but really its not for anyone here to solve your problem with the medicine not working for you that is for you to take up with your own respiratory team.

      there are lots of different inhaler meds, which work in different ways, you may want to research this subject yourself before chatting again with your respiratory team.

      Patient UK information here: https://patient.info/health/chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-leaflet/inhalers-for-copd-including-inhaled-steroids

      If you have asthma you may want to refer to asthma uk pages using google search with words "different inhaler medicines and how they work patient uk"

      or for anyone who is not living in uk they could do a similar search substituting 'uk' with their own coutry's initials or abbreviation.

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      the patient UK information is this link

      at least I hope this one works, the link above just linked to steroids which is not the page I intended to link to regarding the

      different inhalers.

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      Well neither of those links work, so if you go to patient UK search box and put in the words "inhalers for COPD" you can select the appropriate link to the page concerned

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      dear Vee you are enough about the 10 puffs I just assumed since I was told this and also told this when I was at a rehab group it applied to all I agree alot with your replies I think we have both learned a lot about copd just through eperience of having it eg knowing when to catch infections in the bud and when to take steroids etc And yet every day is still a schoolday as we are learning all the time This forum has to be one of the best all the best james

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      Vee2,

      When you use the icon to insert a link you need to put text into the square brackets and the link into the round brackets. This will make the text the "hot link" and I have edited your posts above. See below image for example from your post.

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      There are a few issues with links that we are fixing and there will be an FAQ coming for all areas of the site.

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