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Aaargh might have given three puffs of seretide (inhaler) to ds when he should only have two, worst possible outcome? Or not a problem?

(20 Posts)
emkana Fri 10-Aug-07 19:50:43

According to the counter on the inhaler I have given three puffs, not sure how it happened, might have pressed it twice in a row? But if he had one too many does anybody know if it#s a big problem?

Am abroad atm so not sure who to ask

PotatoOfDoom Fri 10-Aug-07 19:52:23

I wouldn't have thought as a one off it'll be an issue, but I'm sure someone who knows more will post in a moment

binklehasflipped Fri 10-Aug-07 19:53:34

I take seretide daily and I wouldnt have thought 1 dose would have any negative effects at all - at worst they feelings of being a bit skittish

Wheelybug Fri 10-Aug-07 19:54:19

If its similar to an asthma inhaler - you can't actually do any damage by taking too much, particularly in a one off. That counts for ventolin, becotide and the green one (is that seretide ?). But thats from personal experience am not a medic !

RubberDuck Fri 10-Aug-07 19:54:37

Which seretide is it - is it seretide 50? (that's the lowest they have I think and is the one I'm on - there's much higher dose ones).

I'm on 2 puffs twice a day unless asthma gets bad and I am then supposed to take 3 puffs a day. Obviously for a child that may be different, but my gut feel is that if his asthma symptoms worsened that he'd probably be put on higher dose for a short while anyway? As a one off I can't see that you're going to see any major side effects (or even many minor ones).

I know if I take too much ventolin I start feeling a bit jittery, but again, no long term effects - maybe he'll feel a bit jittery for a bit?

Can you see a GP where you are just to reassure yourself?

Slubberdegullion Fri 10-Aug-07 19:54:57

Not a problem

emkana Fri 10-Aug-07 19:55:13

Thanks for your answers.

It#s purple, and it#s a preventer inhaler but it also has a beta antagonist or something included

emkana Fri 10-Aug-07 19:55:53

Yes it's seretide 50

emkana Fri 10-Aug-07 19:56:46

Just panicking a bit because according to the leaflet children under 4 shouldn't even have it, and he#s only 14 months

RubberDuck Fri 10-Aug-07 19:56:48

Oh ... also, on those counters, sometimes it does that - I've pressed it and barely anything's come out yet it ticked over. Also at the end there always seems loads left even though counter says zero. I wouldn't entirely trust that the counter bit is accurate, tbh

Howdydoody Fri 10-Aug-07 19:56:54

I wouldnt worry - my ds has epilepsy and once both dh and i gave him his morning dose without realising so overdosed him . We were mortified but the doc reassured us that he would be fine and most childrens doses are pretty low for most things - i think they must allow for parents mistakes.

binklehasflipped Fri 10-Aug-07 19:57:02

no worries at all at that dose - if he does feel a bit wobbly and shaky it will wear off in an hour or so

Slubberdegullion Fri 10-Aug-07 19:58:52

beta antagonist long acting broncodilator. Also contains corticosteriod. I extra puff of each not a problem.

RubberDuck Fri 10-Aug-07 19:59:02

Not sure about that young. I'd get him to the out of hours GP service where you are, just to put your mind at rest.

emkana Fri 10-Aug-07 19:59:47

Thanks everyone.

I loooooooooooooooove MN so much...

RubberDuck Fri 10-Aug-07 19:59:57

(I think there's far more issues of long term on a too high dose rather than a one off too high dose, iyswim)

emkana Fri 10-Aug-07 20:00:27

RubberDuck! Just when I had convinced myself it would be okay!

RubberDuck Fri 10-Aug-07 20:02:51

LOL sorry - when I said I don't know about that young, I just meant I have no experience

My default position is always if you're worried see a GP ... not that I really think there's an issue here.

I do know that Seretide 50 is a fairly low dose though... they go up much higher than that for asthmatics who have harder to control asthma.

I also know that asthma drugs are one of the safest and most widely used drugs out there.

Sorry, didn't mean to worry you more.

xxx

RubberDuck Fri 10-Aug-07 20:10:58

emkana, you okay?



Worried I've upset you unnecessarily now.

emkana Fri 10-Aug-07 20:13:08

No I'm okay just had to kiss my dd#s good night.

Have decided not to worry.

Thanks for your help.

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