I use Symbicort morning and night, but it does not have immediate results. When I go out, I sometimes need immediate relief. Can I use my Ventolin inhaler as well at these times?
Just to provide an update to Gerri's excellent answer above, Ventolin is safe to use even while you are on Symbicort (or Advair). All asthmatics should carry a rescue inhaler, even asthmatics on Symbicort or Advair. While many asthmatics require the use of both inhalers, increased use of rescue medicine is often used as a sign that asthma is not controlled. So make sure you use all your asthma medications as instructed by your physician, and keep in touch with him if you continue to require increased doses of your rescue medicine.
To properly answer your question, you must understand the difference between Symbicort & Ventolin
Ventolin is a quick-acting medication used to treat active symptoms (coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, etc.) It is the one that is for quick relief of symptoms.
Symbicort is classified as a maintenance medication and should NOT be used for quick relief. While Symbicort is a combination medication that has both a brochodilator and and anti-inflammatory, the bronchodilator is NOT the same as the quick-acting albuterol bronchodilator in the Ventolin. Symbicort is a daily medication.
These to medications have two different purposes/uses. Please let your provider know if you are needing to use your Ventolin on a daily basis or if you are confused as to what to use and when to use it. Your pharmacist is another excellent resource--particularly if you have questions about mixing medications! Also, ask your provider for a written asthma action plan that can help you to understand the plan for your asthma management and when to take which medication.
Here are a few other articles that may shed light on your asthma medications:
Is it Okay to Use Expired Asthma Medicines?
Asthma Medicine: Home Versus Hospital
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I do not see vision problems listed as a side effect to Spiriva as you can see for yourself here.
Vision problems (blurred vision) is listed as one of the possible side effects to symbicort as you can see here. A good alternative to Symbicort is Advair, and I do not see vision problems listed as a possible side effect as you can see here.
However, you are best to discuss this further with your physician before discontinuing any medicine. You will want to make sure it is a side effect of this medicine, and not something else going on.