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Doctor insights on: Asthma Inhalers

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Do all the asthma inhalers have the same effect?

No: There are different types of inhalers. There are short acting inhalers to provide quick relief such as albuterol. There are also maintenance inhalers to help reduce inflammation (inhaled steroids), along with combination inhalers that include inhaled steroids with long-acting bronchodilators. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

Asthma is a disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of breath, dry cough, etc. MIT is a diagnosis made by combining clinical ...Read more


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I use asthma inhalers but haven't been prescribed, is that okay?

I use asthma inhalers but haven't been prescribed, is that okay?

No: If you don't have asthma, why are you using an asthma inhaler? This can be dangerous. If you do have asthma, get tested and prescribed a treatment that is tailored just for you. Don't wait- get tested now good luck. ...Read more

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What do you suggest if I use asthma inhalers but haven't been prescribed?

What do you suggest if I use asthma inhalers but haven't been prescribed?

Not advisable: If you have asthma and benefit from their use, it is recommended that you seek advice from a doctor who can prescribe you one and monitor its benefit and your course. if you do not really need them, then you just get their side effects and you place your body at risk. ...Read more

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Is there some regulatory agency that we can complain to about asthma inhalers not being available in generics?

Is there some regulatory agency that we can complain to about asthma inhalers not being available in generics?

Congress: The problem with inhalers is that it is difficult to design an inhaler that delivers the stated amount of drug +/- 5% over the entire 120 or 200 puffs of the device. This requires clinical trials that cost hundreds if millions of dollars. The real problem in health care costs is the multimillion dollar salaries of health-related executives. There is no simple solution in a capitalistic society. ...Read more

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Why is it recommended to use the asthma inhalers only before having food? Is there anything wrong if I use it immediately after having food

Why is it recommended to use the asthma inhalers only before having food? Is there anything wrong if I use it  immediately after having food

No: I assume your talking about your steroid controller. Orally administered steroids have a tendancy to cause GI upset so they are taken with food. Inhaled steroids are not absorbed very well so this side effect is minimized. Don't forget to rinse your mouth after using the controller. ...Read more

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What can an asthma inhaler overdose do to you?

What can an asthma inhaler overdose do to you?

Symptoms...: Symptoms of beta-agonist overdose include a rapid heart rate which can lead to arrhythmias that can be life-threatening. Other symptoms include tremors, anxiety, etc. None of these symptoms are comfortable so take all medicine, including inhalers, as prescribed by your doctor. ...Read more

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Why is my asthma inhaler suddenly not working?

Why is my asthma inhaler suddenly not working?

May be it is empty: It may be empty.Does it show if there are any doses left in it.If still full and not workin and you don't feel it spraying take it back to Pharmacy Otherwise consult your doctor as you may need change of treatment Which inhaler are you using? ...Read more

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What can overdosing on an asthma inhaler do to you?

Symptoms...: It can cause your heart to beat very rapidly possibly leading to an arrhythmia. It can also cause jitteriness, anxiety, sweating, etc. Overall, not a good idea so take inhalers as prescribed by your doctor. ...Read more

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How normal is it for asthma inhalers to make you tired?

How normal is it for asthma inhalers to make you tired?

On the contrary: Not normal. Just the opposite: most asthma "reliever" inhalers have derivatives of adrenaline ("adrenergic"), make you hyper. But...tho adrenergic inhalers stimulate most muscles (tremor, shaking), they also relax cramped smooth bronchial tube muscles that are choking off the flow of air to the alveoli, and suddenly you can breathe. This may finally let you cough out mucus, and get some sleep. ...Read more

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What's a good way to check if my asthma inhaler worked?

Inhaler: Your maintenance inhaler will not give you an immediate effect while the albuterol one should. If no spray comes out of the device, make sure the hole in the plastic l shaped container is not blocked, wash it under warm water after you remove the metal canister. ...Read more

Dr. Shah Chowdhury
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Inhaler (Definition)

It is a type of medication delivery system used to inhale aerosolized medications. The most well know of this is ...Read more