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How Many Puffs Per Day Of An Albuterol Inhaler For Asthma Are Too Many
5 puffs per week: If you are not using albuterol to prevent or relieve exercise-triggered asthma symptoms the maximum is 4 puffs per week. If you need more than that asthma is considered not controlled. If you are not taking a controller medication then you need to start. If you are taking one, like an inhaled corticosteroid or leukotriene antagonist, then you need more. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Ventolin is the trade name for the chemical / drug albuterol. This drug is a medicine to be inhaled to open the airways and it acts quickly, so it is called a "short-acting bronchodilator". The medicine comes in both a hand-held inhaler and as a liquid to be used with a nebulizer machine . It also comes in a liquid form to take by mouth, but this should not be used ...Read more
Follow rx directions: first of all there are directions issued for all medications including inhalers and nebulizer treatments. these directions avoid overdose. If the amount prescribed isnt helping then a call to your doctor for further directions is required. Otherwise overdosing on these causes rapid heart rates ,agitation, jittery ,dizzyness. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
I use albuterol sulfate ProAir rescue inhalers for my asthma. Can I use salamol cfc free inhalers in replacement of this? (it's more affordable)
Not necessarily: If albuterol is needed to control your shortness of breath / cough, then use it (not 6 puffs at a time though - use as instructed by your doctor). However, if you are using albuterol frequently (e.g. Almost every day or several times each week), then you may need a maintenance medication for your breathing. (albuterol is short-acting). Treat underlying allergy issue. Please see your doctor. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
What can cause low flowpeak and feeling of full lungs in morning other than gerd. Only time I need rescue inhaler. Take Flovent 2x day. Suggestions???
Could be your asthma: Asthma can be triggered by allergens, and if you seem to be awakening with those symptoms the triggers could very well be in your home. Pets? Mold in central air/heat ducts? Dust mites? An ionic or HEPA air purifier in the bedroom might help your symptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm pregnant and have very serious asthma.I puff my proventil (albuterol) inhaler atleast 6-7 times a day.Can using my inhaler too much harm the baby or me?
Yes: You need to see your obstetrician right away or go to urgent care or emergency room. If you are using your inhaler that much, then you need a steroid to be added to your daily regimen so that you don't run the risk of a full blown asthma attack which can harm you or the baby. Definitely call doctor today or if you're having any shortness of breath, go to emergency room today. Best of luck. ...Read more
Are there particular times of the year I should take singulair (montelukast) to help fix my asthma?
Sometimes: Singulair (montelukast) is a controller medication for asthma whose beneficial effects don't last for more than a few days. So take it when you need it. If you have seasonal asthma take it during the months when asthma is present. If you have perennial asthma that is always present then take it everyday. This is a good topic to discuss with your personal physician or asthma specialist. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Are steroids and antibiotics always needed for a copd. exacerbation? Some people always take them, where as nebulizer helps me.
How many inhalers exist on the market for asthma? I'm using Ventolin and it's costing me an extra $100/month. I'm looking for alternatives.
Several options: ProAir, Proventil, Ventolin, VoSpire are the various albuterol HFA inhalers.According to my research Ventolin is least $$. If you are going through an entire inhaler each month (or more), your asthma is NOT well controlled and you need to SPEAK TO YOUR DOC about this, there are additive treatments that may help you significantly decrease your need for the rescue meds.You could also consult here. ...Read more
Taking symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) as only med for asthma. Dont need to use everyday. Only few times a week. Not symptoms everyday. Change to another kind of med?
Asthma med: Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is a preventer medication. If you're not taking it daily and you're still well, it means either of two things. You either do not have asthma or your asthma is under good control so that you can be stepped down to another medication that contains only steroid. Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) contains a steroid and a long acting bronchodilator. Speak to your doctor. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Cause=no,trigger=yes: Smoking, like being around fumes, inhaling dust or campfire smoke and many other things can trigger an asthma event. Asthma is a lung condition you are likely genetically predisposed to. These exposures allow it to become evident, they don't cause it like a baseball bat causes the lump on your head. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Budesonide inhalation suspension 0.5 mg or albuterol sulfate 2.5mg. I have chronic bronchitis and I have both of these for my "at home" breathing treatments. Which would help most?
Depends: The two meds you list are very different and intended for different purposes. Budesonide (pulmicort) is a steroid to reduce inflammation where as albuterol is a smooth muscle relaxer designed to reduce bronchospasm of the smaller airways surrounded by smooth muscle fibers. Albuterol's effect is very brief and temporary. Budesonide use provides sustained beneficial effects to prevent flare up. ...Read more
What is cough variant asthma? And do you prefer dry powder inhalers or metered dose inhalers for albuterol treatment of this condition?Which is Better
Cough variant asthma: Is type of asthma where cough is the most salient symptom, dry cough, but still have other asthma signs, at times it might be the only symptom and hard to diagnose. As for the albuterol form: whichever works, so long it is taken in the right way and produces the desired effect, but albuterol is just a quick fix, you need comprehensive treatment as any other asthmatic, see an allergist/pulmonol ...Read more
Can I use one metered dose inhaler to administer fluticasone and albuterol, one at a time? Or should I get separate inhalers?
Separate: Since each MDI device is customized to the unique product, I don't know any study showing that they can be interchanged. If you have lost one of them and it is an emergency, by all means go ahead. However ideally, one should not use a part devised for one device on another unless otherwise specified ( for example - Aerochambers) ...Read more
Can there be much of a difference between the asthma preventers: seretide, symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) and clenil?
How decide when to use a controller med ongoing for 8 year old with asthma (use singulair (montelukast) during spring pollen season, but coughing more other times)?
Persistent asthma: At age 5-11 controller meds usually help persistent asthma, defined as 1) symptoms >2x/wk, 2) wake at night 3 or more times/mo, 3) use inhaler for symptoms >2x/wk, 4) asthma limits activities, or 5) needed oral steroids 2x in last year. There may be other reasons to start too, such as asthma getting worse fast. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
I'm on Combivent, (albuterol and ipratropium) Albuterol inhaler PRN, Advair 500/50 & Singular. Is it a safe combo to be on long term? I have bad asthma and I'm prone to pneumonia
Yes...: This is a safe med combo for treatment of asthma. You should rinse your mouth and spit it out after every Advair dose to prevent thrush, a complication of inhaled steroids. If your asthma exacerbations decrease over time, it is possible that your meds can be reduced (under doctor's supervision) but this combo is safe long-term. Be sure to never smoke! ...Read more
Hi doc..I have asthma and I take ventolin and many medications but always have shortness of breath what can help better than inhaler..thank u?
See an allergist: Shortness of breath despite multiple asthma medications means one of three things : 1) you're being over treated (using long -acting bronchodilators when you don't really need them can actually cause shortness of breath); 2) this isn't really asthma ; 3) your asthma is very difficult to treat. At your age, all three of these are possible. You need an allergist, not the internet, to sort this out. ...Read more
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