A 21-year-old female asked:
Can i use an inhaler for breathing problems if i know for sure i don't have asthma?
3 doctor answers • 4 doctors weighed in
Dr. STEPHEN GIROUXanswered
Pharmacology 42 years experience
Only if prescribed: Inhalers can help breathing problems other than asthma. For instance, exercise induced breathing difficulty or bronchitis, may be reasons to use an inhaler for symptom relief. There are many different types of inhalers and none should be used without medical supervision.
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Dr. Richard Williamsanswered
Pharmacy 20 years experience
Why?: If you have breathing problems you should be checked. Treating youself may mask a potentially serious problem. On the other hand, your breathing problems may have nothing to do with your lungs but being caused by somethign else. Se a physician and get checked (don't be afraid).
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Dr. James Fergusonanswered
Pediatrics 48 years experience
Some thoughts: A runway model used such an inhaler, not for asthma, but for appetite suppression. Her heart went into a disordered rhythm as a side effect of the drug and she died. Any such medication has desired effects and potential side effects. Their use should always be under the supervision of a physician.
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Last updated Dec 18, 2017
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