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How many puffs per day of an albuterol inhaler for asthma are too many

A 25-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Milstone
26 years experience Pulmonology
Variable: If you are using more than six puffs of a short acting rescue inhaler (ie albuterol) for your asthma or going through two or more canisters per month ... Read More
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A 50-year-old member asked:
Dr. John Klimas
47 years experience Allergy and Immunology
More than 8puffs/day: Albuterol inhalers are very effective and within minutes will open up the airways and help your breathing. Over use of albuterol is dangerous and ca ... Read More
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A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jane Van Dis
17 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: You need to see your obstetrician right away or go to urgent care or emergency room. If you are using your inhaler that much, then you need a steroid ... Read More
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A 22-year-old female asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Asthma flare: Can still happen without a reason, often times it is something in the environment, exposure to a virus, or just emotional excitement. Please adhere to ... Read More
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A 22-year-old male asked:
Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
22 years experience Family Medicine
Albuterol OD: I don't think there is Albuterol OD per se. What you may end up with is side effects of which immediate ones would be tachycardia. You may experience ... Read More
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mohammad Ashori
15 years experience Family Medicine
Yes: Yes, they are essentially the same medications. They fall in the category of SABA, short acting beta agonists. As always, with asthma, try to use the ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Albuterol: In case of exacerbation you can take albuterol 2 puffs every 4-6 hours as needed. But if for maintenance you use it more than 2 puffs twice a week, yo ... Read More
A 42-year-old female asked:
Dr. Michael Rupp
20 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Get Spirometry: Your asthma may be flared up due to the season and the pollen counts. I would suggest you see your doctor and get a breathing test called a spirometr ... Read More
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Aaron Milstone
26 years experience Pulmonology
No: Singular is usually an add on therapy for copd. If you have seasonal allergies taking te drug in the fall or spring may work best but most patients s ... Read More
A 72-year-old female asked:
Dr. Mohammad Ashori
15 years experience Family Medicine
Not always. : Steroids usually are sufficient. Sometimes the COPD attack will resolve on its own and other times it will need meds to go away. Antibiotics are used ... Read More
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A 32-year-old male asked:
Dr. Melissa Gowans
20 years experience Pediatrics
Several options: ProAir, Proventil, Ventolin, VoSpire are the various albuterol HFA inhalers.According to my research Ventolin is least $$. If you are going through a ... Read More
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A 43-year-old male asked:
Dr. Richard Williams
17 years experience Pharmacy
Check with md: Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is a "controller" and must be used daily. If your symptoms are "intermittent" you may want to discuss this with ... Read More
A 37-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
2 times?: A couple of times an hour? A day? A week? A month? Please provide more information. At any rate, smoking is not good for you, so you should not do it.
A 56-year-old member asked:
Dr. Robert Nelson
35 years experience Family Medicine
Depends: The two meds you list are very different and intended for different purposes. Budesonide (pulmicort) is a steroid to reduce inflammation where as alb ... Read More
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A 24-year-old male asked:
Dr. Al Hegab
Dr. Al Hegab answered
39 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Cough variant asthma: Is type of asthma where cough is the most salient symptom, dry cough, but still have other asthma signs, at times it might be the only symptom and ha ... Read More
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A 35-year-old female asked:
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu answered
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Separate: Since each MDI device is customized to the unique product, I don't know any study showing that they can be interchanged. If you have lost one of th ... Read More
A 48-year-old member asked:
Dr. Nayla Mumneh
28 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Inhalers: Seretide and symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) are comparable, they are combination inhalers that contain a steroids and a long acting bronchodila ... Read More
A 51-year-old member asked:
Dr. Alan Greene
33 years experience Pediatrics
Persistent asthma: At age 5-11 controller meds usually help persistent asthma, defined as 1) symptoms >2x/wk, 2) wake at night 3 or more times/mo, 3) use inhaler for sym ... Read More
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A 28-year-old male asked:
Dr. Sue Ferranti
28 years experience Internal Medicine
Yes...: This is a safe med combo for treatment of asthma. You should rinse your mouth and spit it out after every Advair dose to prevent thrush, a complicatio ... Read More
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A 10-year-old male asked:
Dr. Jonathan Jassey
16 years experience Pediatrics
Asthma: The Albuterol can increase your heart rate for a short time frame, not a prolonged period. Some people naturally have PVCs which might have nothing t ... Read More
A 38-year-old male asked:
Dr. Gary Steven
29 years experience Pediatric Allergy and Asthma
See an allergist: Shortness of breath despite multiple asthma medications means one of three things : 1) you're being over treated (using long -acting bronchodilators w ... Read More
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