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Old 06-14-2012, 03:30 AM   #1
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Help finding a rescue inhaler

Hi, I'm new here. I have allergies and asthma that seems to be triggered by food allergies and especially by GERD. I have recently started taking Nexium, and I think it's working. My problem is, I do not have a rescue inhaler! I am on Seretide (Flixotide + Serevent), but I am allergic to a number of meds, including asthma meds like albuterol and montelukast. My doctor is testing me on procaterol, but I am having allergic reactions to it, too. My asthma is thankfully actually under control, but the thought of not having a rescue inhaler scares me.

Anyone have any advice on what rescue inhaler I should try next? Is there anyone here who does not have a rescue inhaler?

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Old 06-14-2012, 04:26 AM   #2
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Re: Help finding a rescue inhaler

Seretide has a bronchial dialator - salmuterol - as a component. I'm in the US instead of the UK but you might ask if salmuterol is sold separately there since you evidently can tolerate it.

 
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Re: Help finding a rescue inhaler

Yes, I still take my Seretide regularly. But as I understand, Salmeterol/Salmuterol is a long-acting bronchodilator. So that still leaves me without a rescue inhaler...

 
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Re: Help finding a rescue inhaler

But Seretide also has fluticasone which is the steroid component. If you can tolerate the salmuterol, the bronchial dialator, perhaps they market it or a derivative separately there. That's what I meant.

 
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Re: Help finding a rescue inhaler

I also can't tolerate albuterol.

I take fluticasone as my maintenance medicine, but I carry Symbicort for rescue. (My doctor is horrified by this, but permits it.) Before I got that, I just carried my epi-pen in case of emergency, as epinephrine will stop an asthma attack long enough to get to medical treatment.

Thankfully, my asthma has improved drastically since I had fundoplication surgery to correct the reflux.

By the way, do you think that the Seretide is making your reflux worse? Salmuterol relaxes the LES, the sphincter at the top of your stomach. It's something to consider, anyway.

 
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Re: Help finding a rescue inhaler

Hi,
For me Seretide has worked excellent. I used to have Becotide for Control and Ventolin as a reliever.
Since being put on Seretide I have rarely needed my Ventolin inhaler, I can go days without using it.
As an Asthmatic for forty years I must say that Ventolin has never let me down and I have had that as a reliever for as many years.

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Re: Help finding a rescue inhaler

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