I am 17 year old boy. I have been suffering from asthama since the age of 2. For the past six months i have been taking FORACORT -200 inhaler daily. Is it harmful for me to take this medicine for a long time? I'm supposed to take it for six more months before being checked again.
Asthma is no fun to have as a young adult, but the good news is it doesn't have to interfere with living your life or doing the things you want to do... IF you avoid your triggers as much as possible, including stress, AND take your asthma medicine as prescribed.
Foracort is the same thing as Symbicort and falls into the category of preventive, or controller, asthma medication. It is a combination drug that contains both a steroid and a bronchodilator. Together, these drugs work to control your airway responses to triggers and prevent asthma symptoms.
It is definitely NOT harmful to keep taking it. In fact, if your doctor prescribed it for you, it's intended to be something you take every day (probably twice a day) for a long time. Taking it regularly will help keep your asthma under control, so that it doesn't interfere with your lifestyle. It's not only OK to keep taking it for a few more months; it's probably OK to take it for many years.
If you have any other questions, I'd encourage you to talk with your doctor about them, since he or she knows you and your medical history. And another often overlooked health professional who can answer your questions is your pharmacist.
Arif... Thanks for your comments. Your suggestions form the basis of a healthy lifestyle and that is always good for anyone, including people with asthma. But it is not wise to advise anyone NOT to take their inhaler over the long term.
Asthma medicines that are inhaled have been proven to be very safe, with minimal side effects. So, unless the patient's own doctor recommends stopping an inhaler, no one else should be making that decision.
By all means, though, asthmatics should follow all your other suggestions.