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A 39-year-old member asked:

What happens if you have a inhaler, does that mean you have asthma?

1 doctor answer1 doctor weighed in
Dr. Michael Rupp
Allergy and Immunology 21 years experience
Not Necesarily: Inhalers are given to patients for many reasons. Asthma is an inflammatory lung disorder diagnosed using a test called a spirometry. Having an inhaler does not automatically make you an asthmatic but you should see your doctor to figure it out.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

If you don't have asthma, but use an asthma inhaler, what will happen?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Kathryn Riordan
Rheumatology 38 years experience
Side effects: Without asthma a preventive inhaler that has steroids in it can give you thrush, a fungus that can invade the mouth and throat. A bronchodilator will often make your heart beat faster and make you shakey. If you don't have asthma there is no benefit, only side effects. If your asthma is controlled with medications it may come back if you stop inhalers, they do not cure asthma.
A 35-year-old member asked:

I'm curious what could happen if you use an inhaler and you don't have asthma?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. William Galli
Pulmonary Critical Care 27 years experience
Mostly nothing: If no asthma or lung disorder then you do not need inhalers. Best not to use them. Sometimes ones heart may become fast due to the medication used. Also depends on what inhaler. There are steroid ones/long acting ones/beta agonist etc. Do not use meds not prescribed!
A 42-year-old member asked:

What could happen if you used an inhaler when you don't have asthma?

1 doctor answer3 doctors weighed in
Dr. Marc Serota
Dermatology 14 years experience
Probably nothing: It depends what type of inhaler. Albuterol might cause transient increase in heart beat. An inhaled steroid wouldn't cause any short term effect (maybe thrush/yeast in your mouth if you did it wrong). In general asthma inhalers are very safe. They are designed to help people with contracted airways in asthmatics. If you don't have that you shouldn't expect to see an effect.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Can you tell me if I have a inhaler, does that mean I have asthma?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Williams
Pharmacy 18 years experience
Not sure: Not sure about the question. Oral inhalers are usually used in asthma or COPD. Can you be more specific about the inhaler (name please) Thank you.

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Last updated Aug 3, 2014

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