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Why You May Need To Talk to Your Doctor about Switching your Blue Inhaler

The latest guidance from the Global Initiative for Asthma Control (GINA) 2022

is that your Ventolin or Salbutamol (blue inhaler) is probably not enough and almost no-one should be on this alone.

The blue inhaler provides relief only. It does not prevent attacks. Most people need a preventor and a reliver, and traditionally this was delivered in a separate brown and blue inhaler. Luckily, these days we have modern combination inhalers that combine a long-acting reliever and a preventor. These inhalers can actually also be used as a reliever and preventor inhaler in one. This is called SMART therapy or Single Maintenance and reliever Therapy. An example of a SMART inhaler that you might be prescribed is Symbicort. Click here for a video on how to use this: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mewCQAzX2fMThese SMART inhalers are better for our bulging handbags and pockets but also better for the environment as there are fewer plastic devices.

When did you last get your asthma reviewed? Everyone should have at least an annual review with a personalised Action Plan.

May is asthma awareness month so we are offering 25% off Asthma reviews and Spirometry.

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