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[QUOTE=pinky3;3203005]Thank you, Linda, for sharing your experience.

What did the Flovent do to you?[/QUOTE]

When I was on Flovent and Serevent (as separate inhalers before Advair came out), the Flovent gave me repeated bronchial infections and I finally ended up with pneumonia. Since my Dr. suspected it was the Flovent and not the Serevent, he kept me on Serevent and added Aerobid (a different steroid inhaler.) I did well on this combo but, because I had to use 4 puffs twice a day of the Aerobid (not nice tasting stuff either), he finally changed me to Pulmicort 200mcg. I did fairly well on the Serevent/Pulmicort treatment until they changed the Serevent to powdered (diskus) form from MDI. The Dr. then changed me to Spiriva inhaler with the Pulmicort and I did pretty good on this combo til around the first of this year (I was on this combo for over 3 years.) Then the switch to Symbicort on August 1st - it was out less than a month when I got it.

Despite what my Dr. told me about the 200mcg in Pulmicort being the exact same amount as the 160mcg in Symbicort, I did some research because I thought (like you), wait, I was on Pulmicort 200mcg 2 puffs twice a day and now the Symbicort was 160mcg - 2 puffs twice a day. How can this be the same? What I found out reinforces what my Dr. told me. It seems that what we actually get into our lungs via inhalation with the Pulmicort Turbuhaler 200 mcg, Pulmicort Flexhaler 180 mcg and the Symbicort 160mcg - is the same amount. What I actually found out is "Turbuhaler 200mcg and the Flexhaler 180mcg deliver the same identical 160mcg to the lungs."

Linda





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