I'm confused and I don't know what to do. My husband suggested I try and find a place like this so that I could talk to others that have this disease.
I came down with the flu, and all of a sudden, my most recent primary care doc says she believes that I have COPD. I am not normally short of breath, I don't cough or suffer from wheezing unless I have a cold or the flu (maybe once a year/18 months), and no history of any sort of lung trouble or asthma. I am scheduled for a Pulmonary Function Test a week from today, but it's not even been two weeks since I came down with this flu, and I'm still not completely over it.
Anyway, now that the basics are out of the way.. this doc put me on an Albuterol inhaler, along with an Asmanex "twisthaler". She told me to use the Albuterol first, then 5 min later, use the Asmanex. So a week into this regimen(the day before Thanksgiving), I get a UPS delivery of MORE medicine-- 2 more months of the Asmanex AND 3 months of Spiriva!! It came after the doc office was closed for the day, so I couldn't verify I was supposed to take all this stuff, so I actually took my Asmanex AND the Spiriva to the local pharmacist and inquired as to whether I should take both. Pharmacist says "I'm glad you came in-- you should NOT take both at the same time." But contacted doc today, and she wants me on both!!
I have NOT been diagnosed with this disease yet!!! Should I take both??? To be honest, I am not comfortable taking both, and I am concerned about interactions with some other medications I am taking (Seroquel).