Weaning myself off flixotide

For the past 10 years or so, I have used the synthetic corticosteroid Flixotide (sold in the US as Flovent) for long-term asthma control. It does a pretty good job at preventing asthma symptoms, but I’ve been wary for some time about depending on any particular drug for too long.

Last summer, while staying in Tennessee with Aggie, I cut my dosage in half, from two inhalations of 100 micrograms a day to one. I had a slight wheeze for a day or two, then functioned normally again. Last week, again while staying in Tennessee with Aggie, I cut it in half again, to an inhalation every two days. The same thing happened: minor wheeze for a short time, then normal functioning. Aggie has a dog and a cat in the house and I’ve been diagnosed as being allergic to both – she did vacuum the house before I came though. Whether it’s the Tennessee air that’s doing it, the changes in my lifestyle since 2006 or the beneficial effect of all the love and attention from Aggie while I’m over there, I don’t know, but I don’t seem to need it as much as I used to. Of course, now that I’m home in the Dutch climate and feeling stressful from separation and the need to go back to work, I’m not doing all that well. It could be a combination of factors.

In any case, I should talk to my doctor about switching to a lower (but preferably twice-daily) dose formally, or even switching to milder meds.

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