I saw my pulmonologist today as my asthma has been bad lately. He gave me some samples of Dulera even though I have been on Symbicort for 3-4 years. He said Symbicort, Dulera and Advair are all the same type of med and one could be substituted for the other. I took the samples as he gave me 3 and I am now in the medicare gap so paying for Symbicort would be a real stretch. Has anyone here taken Dulera and if so what possible side effects are there? I called the company that makes it and read the pamphlet instructions and nothing seems to be different from the Symbicort.
He also gave me samples of Veramyst for nasal allergies. My problem has been that I have used Afrin so much that I have a rebound effect from it. I am not opposed to using the Veramyst and sticking it out until my nose clears. The problem is that I looked this med up online and read posts from different websites. Many of the comments were that Veramyst causes weight gain. I recently went down to the smallest dose of my a/d med and it's like my appetite has lessened so much that I have already lost 20 lbs. I do not want to put myself at risk of gaining weight to rid a stuffy nose. Has anyone had experience with this med? I thought I was fine just using Afrin but it is true that I have used it for years to clear up my stuffy nose. Any help you can give me on these meds would really be appreciated and also advice on the stuffy nose would help. At least the Veramyst has a generic so it wouldn't cost as much as some of the other types of nasal sprays.