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how many times a day should i use my inhaler?

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Dr. Latisha Smith
37 years experience Wound care
Depends on inhaler: There are several different kinds of asthma medication that are available in inhaler form. The most common medication is a short acting bronchodilator, albuterol. This medication is recommended to be used 4 times a day. There are long acting medications that should only be used twice a day. Your doctor should recommend how many puffs will be optimal for you based on type of prescription and your condition.
Answered on Oct 2, 2016
Dr. Henry Bloom
47 years experience Family Medicine
That depends: For those with episodic or excercise-induce, or cold-induced asthma, for instance, they may only need to take their inhaler once before encountering the condition that triggers it. Even these people should take their inhaler every four hours, if they are still wheezing or coughing or bringing up phlegm. For those with chronic asthma, they may need albuterol every 4 hours.
Answered on Mar 11, 2013
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Dr. Henry Bloom
47 years experience Family Medicine
Different inhalers: Steroid inhalers, inhalers with long acting broncholdilators (salmetrol) are different.
Answered on Sep 16, 2016

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