I was diagnosed about 8 years ago, I'm 52 now. My Dr put me on Spiriva first thing. I've never tried Xopenex. I've been seeing a Pulmonologist for about 5 years now and out of all the prescriptions I take, I know Spiriva works the best for me. A few years ago I thought Spiriva really wasn't making a difference so I quit using it for a few weeks, I just used my other COPD medications. My breathing was so bad, gasping for breath, etc. I truly thought it was the end for me. I went back on my Spiriva and felt alive again after only a few days! I know everyone is different but for me Spiriva has been amazing.
I have COPD, too. The doctor started me on Spiriva but it caused immediate depression within 24 hours. I have not been given X0PENEX. I am on Flovent now without any depressive side effects, but it does cause candida and thrush after used for a couple months. Then I have to use nystatin mouthwash to clear that up. Then back to the Flovent cycle again until thrush appears. I have tried four different inhalers.The others were ATROVENT, SYMBICORT, and Asmanex, all With some depressive effects for me.
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