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    Symbicort - Long term use at high dose
    kellym39ca posted:
    Just curious if anyone knows. I have been at 4puffs twice a day for the last 6mnths...still really not all that well controlled. I had about 2months that were really good and now things have all gone to pot.

    Any idea what the next step might be, meds etc.

    What is the side effects of long term use of Symbicort, I know its not good for ya.

    Thanks in advance;
    sgbl88 responded:

    You definitely need to get with your doctor and tweak your plan. One thing to consider is that Symbicort may not the right medicine for you. I nose dive on the stuff. Other options include Advair (rather pricey) and Dulera (has a great introductory discount card).

    What kind of doctor is treating your asthma - primary/family doctor or a specialist? It may be time for a specialist if you don't already have one.

    There are some other medications you can layer with your combination inhaler - Singulair, Mucinex, nasal sprays,...

    Other things to look into are life style changes that could help you gain control.

    Do you have allergies? What are you doing to control them? You may need to be tested and start allergy shots.

    Let us know how we can help.

    Take care and
    God bless.
    Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the thoughts that I think toward you, saith the LORD, thoughts of peace, and not of evil, to give you an expected end... Ye shall seek me, and find [me]
    choo_chu responded:
    sgbl88 is right, it's probably time to see a specialist if you don't already see one. Allergies can play a big role in asthma control, so if you get them treated, your asthma control will be much better. I had a lot of problem with allergic asthma, and my asthma was hard to control. I was taking allergy medicine (nasal spray and anti-histamines) and asthma medicine (Symbicort and Singulair) and my asthma still wasn't controlled. I got tested for allergies and started allergy shots, now I don't need nearly as much medicine, and my asthma is much better controlled.

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