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Advair and Spiriva together

Do many of you here take both Advair and Spiriva each day. I had fought against Advair because the steroid effect also has an effect on my blood pressure and blood glucose levels. I was switched to Spiriva alone.

Now, my new Pulmonologist tell me I will live longer if I take both each day since they function in different preventive ways. She gave me samples of the Advair. I just started doing it but I am still not really happy about that.

She also was not happy that I sleep with my aging kitty who has a heart problem too. He is such a love and I will not give him up so I will just have to "deal with dander" regardless.

thanks in advance, Cindy

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deegran
deegran

I was on Advair and Spiriva each day. My pulmonologist switched my Advair to Dulera. So now I'm on Dulera and Spiriva. He didn't really tell me why except he thought it would work better for me. I can't really tell a difference.
StevenHanna
StevenHanna

I do the Spiriva once a day and Advair twice a day. I tried the Daliresp and didn't like it. I don't care for the much for the Advair, but it seems to be working, so I'll hang with it until the Doc suggests something else.
boldprint
boldprint

I take spiriva and symbicort (inhaled steroid). I take the lower dose of symbicort and it improved my breathing over spiriva alone.
Imarighter
Imarighter

I also do Spiriva once a day, Advair twice. When I was only on Advair, I wasn't doing nearly as well as I am now.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Thank you for your replies. They make me feel better about the change although I will still have to watch the blood pressure and glucose levels. I have hypertension even with two blood pressure meds so it's always a bit of a concern.
bjrapp2020
bjrapp2020

I had been doing advair and spariva for years, and doing good I thought, until my new lung doctor changed me to symbicort and spariva, and I can't tell much difference, except I seem to wheeze less and use the duo neb very rarely.
I only had problems with bloodpressure being high when I was taking the prednisone pills, but it stopped as soon as I stopped.
BJ
deleted_user
deleted_user

I can't use either because side effects. As far as the cat goes, you can fire you doctor - you can't fire one of your kids. Living is not about how long, it's about how good...

Hugs,
Dennis
deleted_user
deleted_user

I use both too-- I also have 3 mini dachshunds that sleep on the floor in my bedroom every night. I know they shouldn't but they have for years & I can't just throw them out now.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Dennis and Denise. Thanks and there is no way I'm going to evict my sweet, aging kitty. He and I both used to live in a fuller household but now I am widowed and he is the only kitty here so we are dependent upon each other for companionship and that is worth more to me than an extra wheeze or two!! If anything, God forbid, happens to him I will need another kitty - I've had them my entire life.

Quality of life means many things doesn't it!?

Hugs, Cindy
mamamoe
mamamoe

Cindy,
I only take Spririva and Ventolin and I sometimes wonder if I were on a cortosteroid if it would help. I am getting a new pulmonologist this week so I think I will ask.

My aging kitty sleeps with me as well. He loves me unconditionally and after 12 years I can't bear to give him up.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Mamamoe, My kitty, Proto, is 12 years old too so we understand each other! :) He's curled up next to me right now as usual.

Good luck with your new pulmonologist!!!

Cindy
deleted_user
deleted_user

I am taking Advair when needed. I don't like to take any drugs but when we must, we must. Advair gives me sore throats and was making my heart race.
mom18j
mom18j

I took spiriva and advair for quite a while. It was working for me but I had to get off the advair because I kept getting thrush BAD. No matter how faithfully I rinsed after each use, no matter how much yogurt I ate ( I even took a acidolpholus supplement too) I was constantly using Nystatin to clear it up only to get it again very soon. . So I switched to Symbicort and spiria.
I have also had kittys all of my life...my son is staying with me now and he has 2...one of them used to be mine and she has taken up residence once again beside me on my bed where she once slept about a year ago. They are very faithful companions. I love her dearly.
deleted_user
deleted_user

I keep ending up using Advair twice daily; and Spiriva once a day. My Pulmonary Doctor has tried different drug combinations; to see which was most helpful to me. Advair and Spiriva are the best combination for me. Each person is different; and each COPD patient has differing underlying issues; and are in different stages of the disease. I am in End Stage; so anything that helps my breathing and keeps me living---is what my Pulmonary Specialist orders. I do not like taking medications; (especially steroids); but my choices are null. I can breathe; or not. Simple. Also, my heart and cardio-vascular system are involved; so I take heart medication and blood pressure medication. Lasix and Potassium Choride were added recently; as I started experiencing swelling that is a symptom of Chronic Heart Failure. Add in an anti-depressant; and an anti-anxiety; plus several vitamins at prescription strength; and I am good to go. Unbelievable, how many medications I use!?!?!?!? I wish everyone the best in finding the right combination of medications that work best for them. Blessings to all.
deleted_user
deleted_user

Spiriva, Symbicort and Albuterol work well for me.
We have 4 cats that own the place and I would have developed COPD much sooner if they were the cause. I am 71, and have my good days and bad days , just like ya'll.

Regards, Ms Cindy....Cats do understand, much more than I know...LOL


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