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Nikilet
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USA
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Posted - Jul 06 2017 :  9:39:19 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How important is it to take your inhaler at the same time every day? I am using Stiolto Respimat and also Flovent for my copd. I'm not very good about taking them at the exact same time every day.

I start out with the Stiolto in the mornings. When I take it ranges from 6:30 am to as late as 9:30 am if I fall back to sleep and oversleep.

Same thing with the Flovent. I take twice a day, after my Stiolto and then in the evening. I always wait an hour after Stiolto before taking Flovent in the morning, and sometimes in the evening I forget it and again, it might be 7 pm, or it might be 10 pm.

So again, I'm just wondering how important the timing is.

tsainta
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USA
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Posted - Jul 07 2017 :  12:41:21 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
How do you feel on your current loose schedule? If you're happy about the way you feel, then why change? If you're not happy about how you feel, why don't you put yourself on a stricter schedule and see if you feel better? No other person with COPD nor any doctor can tell you how you would feel if you change your schedule. Take charge. Find out for yourself . . . . or not.

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Nikilet
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Posted - Jul 15 2017 :  04:17:06 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
I'm sorry but this is a very poor answer. I don't personally have a problem with my schedule, but I'm wondering if my schedule might be costing me in medication results. I'm asking, from a medical standpoint, how important is it that these meds be taken at the same time every day. Is there anyone who can advise me on this?
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jmrommes
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Posted - Jul 15 2017 :  08:37:16 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Stiolto is once a day and Flovent is usually twice a day. You don't have to take them exactly 24 or 12 hours apart; there's some leeway. What you may find, especially with the Flovent, if you go 15 or 16 hours between doses, is that breathing gets harder the long you go between doses. You don't want to be all over the clock with this, but there is no hard and fast rule that you MUST take them on the hour or dire things will happen.

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faybees
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USA
111 Posts

Posted - Jul 15 2017 :  10:00:34 AM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Dire things won't happen if you forget for a couple of hours. However, I was taught by my rehab specialist and my pulmo that doses should be 12 hours apart. Why don't you set a timer to go off when the meds are due, just a thought.
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Posted - Jul 15 2017 :  1:00:33 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
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tsainta
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Posted - Jul 15 2017 :  1:29:07 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nikilet, thanks for your critique of my answer. I'll give it due consideration.

You might consider that you are asking your question in a forum of informed users, not a forum of medical professionals. If you strictly want a medical opinion, you should contact a medical professional.

You also might consider that none of the COPD meds will cure you; they offer only symptomatic relief, and only you can evaluate their effectiveness on yourself.

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Roadrunne98
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USA
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Posted - Jul 24 2017 :  2:22:06 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
There is an alarm on my iPad. Set them to go off when you want to take your meds. I would always forget my breo if it wasn't"t for the alarm.
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Sokcap48
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USA
833 Posts

Posted - Jul 24 2017 :  7:28:52 PM  Show Profile  Reply with Quote
Nikilet-what are the instructions on each of your prescriptions? They are there for a reason. medicines only give your body a benefit for a certain amount of time.
Otherwise the doc would tell you to take them when ever you felt like it.

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Edited by - Sokcap48 on Jul 24 2017 7:30:27 PM
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