A member asked:

I am an asthmatic but rarely need my inhaler and havent had an attack in decades however with covid 19 id like to put in place some measures in case the health services get overwhelmed. what drugs can i take if inhalers dont work?

3 doctors weighed in across 2 answers

Get meds refilled: With the COVID-19 pandemic, people with chronic conditions or even intermittent conditions should get their meds refilled in case pharmacy services close down. For asthma patients, they should refill their inhalers. Some use only an urgent "rescue" inhaler like albuterol, while others also use "preventive" inhalers like fluticasone. It's best to keep both on hand. If symptoms go bad, it's ER time.

Answered 5/19/2020

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Dr. Amrita Dosanjh answered

Specializes in Pediatric Allergy and Asthma

Refill: You may schedule a virtual inbox consult with HealthTap. During the visit a review of your medications will be conducted and you can provide further details regarding your asthma. It may be a good idea to have a short course of prednisone at home. If you develop shortness of breath, please contact a physician.

Answered 6/7/2020

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