A 81-year-old male asked:
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dad has copd and i'm wondering if there is a over the counter inhaler? he says he's having a hard time breathing. already on oxygen.

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Dr. Donald Colantino
60 years experience Internal Medicine
No: Inhalers for respiratory distress are prescription items and are to be used according to strict instructions. If he's experiencing significant shortness of breath and is also on nasal oxygen therapy, he needs evaluation and treatment by a qualified physician or pulmonologist. Otherwise dire consequences will occur if his condition continues to worsen. I recommend going to the emergency room now.
Answered on Apr 13, 2017

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