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How many times a day should I use my inhaler?

Different inhalers: Steroid inhalers, inhalers with long acting broncholdilators (salmetrol) are different. ...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


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How many times a day should I use my COPD inhaler?

How many times a day should I use my COPD inhaler?

Depends...: There are many COPD inhalers that can be prescribed so it is difficult to answer your question without knowing the inhaler that was prescribed. But, follow the instructions on the inhaler you got at the pharmacy. If you are still unsure, call your doctor who knows what inhaler you are taking. ...Read more

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I have to use my inhaler several times a day. What else could I take to improve my asthma?

I have to use my inhaler several times a day. What else could I take to improve my asthma?

Develop a plan: Successful asthma control can be achieved when you find a doc you can work with, learn the treatments & monitoring devices & develop a plan. This plan would include a way to tell if your control is getting better or worse (peak flow meter, symptom chart).It would include a plan for daily meds and when to use episodic rescue meds. An understanding of when to call or go in. ...Read more

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I have asthma & lately I've had to use my inhaler at 3 times a day. Also, after ice cream today, the middle of my chest started hurting badly. Causes?

I have asthma & lately I've had to use my inhaler at 3 times a day. Also, after ice cream today, the middle of my chest started hurting badly. Causes?

Asthma control: Please contact your doctor. You should have an asthma action plan for when you feel your asthma getting worse. If you are needing your emergency inhaler more than usual, your asthma plan may need a step up. Don't worry about the ice cream. ...Read more

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I get real wheezy and use inhaler atleaat four times a day and have neck pain and right shoulder pain what could be wrong are the two related?

I get real wheezy and use inhaler atleaat four times a day and have neck pain and right shoulder pain what could be wrong are the two related?

Not related: I assume you are using your inhaler for a pulmonary (lung) problem. Lung disease does not cause shoulder and/or neck pain so I can say with a fair amount of certainty the two conditions are unrelated. For your neck/shoulder pain, see a pain medicine specialist who can not only tell you what is wrong but make you better as well. Good luck. ...Read more

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I have asthma, went from not having to use inhaler at all to atleast 3 times a day, reoccurring chest congestion, allergic to mucinex, (guaifenesin) any suggestions?

I have asthma, went from not having to use inhaler at all to atleast 3 times a day, reoccurring chest congestion, allergic to mucinex, (guaifenesin) any suggestions?

See doc ASAP: This means that your asthma is getting out of control (when you need to use inhaler more than 2x/wk). See your doctor to get a controller medication before you end up in the hospital. ...Read more

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How do I know when my Bronchitis is almost gone? After 3 weeks I still have a dry cough and phlegm every so often and have to use my inhaler at times

How do I know when my Bronchitis is almost gone? After 3 weeks I still have a dry cough and phlegm every so often and have to use my inhaler at times

Cough: The cough from bronchitis can sometimes take over 6 weeks to fully resolve. As long are you are getting better give it time. If you start to get worse, have fevers, or cough up blood then you should get checked out again. If you smoke you need to stop or just get used to coughing... ...Read more

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Levmetamfetamine nasal inhaler generic Use this a couple of times during nite for congestion. Inside nose is red and sore! Is this med the cause?

Levmetamfetamine nasal inhaler generic Use this a couple of times during nite for congestion. Inside nose is red and sore! Is this med the cause?

Could be: It can cause nasal irritation, or irritate the already inflamed nasal passages, hold it for now, use saline nasal washes, if problem persists, see your doctor ...Read more

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I am an asthmatic and I wanted to know whether I should be taking regularly combihale fb 200 inhaler or not? 2-3 times a day 2 puffs each

I am an asthmatic and I wanted to know whether I should be taking regularly combihale fb 200 inhaler or not? 2-3 times a day 2 puffs each

No: Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) (or albuterol) should not be used as the sole agent to control your asthma. In fact, if used regularly, it may make your asthma worse. Contact your family doctor to get you on a controller drug (eg. Inhaled steroid) if you have asthma more than twice a week. ...Read more

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Got inhaler for viral bronchitis 3 weeks ago. Started off w 2 puffs 4 times per day for first and deceased. Should I still be using. I still cough.

Got inhaler for viral bronchitis 3 weeks ago. Started off w 2 puffs 4 times per day for first and deceased. Should I still be using. I still cough.

Probably Not: If you aren't wheezing nor having difficulty breathing you can probably safely stop using the inhaler at this point. But keep it handy if the symptoms flare back up. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Husband, Lucius has asthma. He has large sore on leg. Looks like spider bite. He's using inhaler 3 to 4 times a day. Not sure what to do.

Husband, Lucius has asthma. He has large sore on leg. Looks like spider bite. He's using inhaler 3 to 4 times a day. Not sure what to do.

See a doctor: If the sore is not healing and/ or is draining or painful a doctor visit is needed. The inhaler use has no connection to the sore. ...Read more

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12wks pregnant. Severe chest congestion. Coughing up brownish/yellow phlegm. Using inhaler 20+ times a day. Robutussin doesn't help. Suggestions?

12wks pregnant. Severe chest congestion. Coughing up brownish/yellow phlegm. Using inhaler 20+ times a day. Robutussin doesn't help. Suggestions?

Chest Congestion: Definitely see your doctor. You are using your inhaler way too many times and this may be unsafe for you and your baby. You may require antibiotics and or a different long acting inhaler that addresses the bronchospasm and wheezing. ...Read more

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I was having caffeine every day for years and when I quit cold turkey two months ago I started having breathing problems (breath fine but something on my chest at times). Is this related to asthma? I've had an inhaler a long time ago.

I was having caffeine every day for years and when I quit cold turkey two months ago I started having breathing problems (breath fine but something on my chest at times). Is this related to asthma? I've had an inhaler a long time ago.

Caffeine intake: What is on the chest? Tightness? It is not related to the caffeine withdrawal, if you have history of asthma most likely from asthma, but have yourself checked out to out other possibilities ...Read more

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Been coughing (I only cough when using the inhaler) up yellow phelgm for 2 months every other day. I get wheezing so I use my inhaler and it makes me cough and spit out the phelgm once I get it out I feel great. After I eat I have to clear my throat?

Been coughing (I only cough when using the inhaler) up yellow phelgm for 2 months every other day. I get wheezing so I use my inhaler and it makes me cough and spit out the phelgm once I get it out I feel great. After I eat I have to clear my throat?

See doctor: It is not unusual to cough up something after using the inhaler when there is inflammation in the airways. I suspect that you have asthma however. Throat-clearing after eating may also be a sign of reflux. It's time for you to see a doctor and get a lung function test. ...Read more

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Can I use a nebulizer and an inhaler during the same day or is it one or the other? If I can, how long apart?

Can I use a nebulizer and an inhaler during the same day or is it one or the other? If I can, how long apart?

Inhaler: You may. Both serve the same purpose of dilating your airways. The usual dose is every 4-6 h as needed. ...Read more

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What to do if I have had asthma my whole life (i am 46) and I took very poor care of myself using rescue inhalers 6-8 times?

6-8 times a day?: If this is what you mean you are not being controlled. Rescue inhalers are exactly that- for a rescue. I would first get tested by your physician to determine any damage from long term lack of control. Then follow his/her recommendations regarding treatment. The proper control can reduce lung damage.
Good Luck ...Read more

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What should I do if I have had asthma my whole life (i am 46) and I took very poor care of myself using rescue inhalers 6-8 times?

What should I do if I have had asthma my whole life (i am 46) and I took very poor care of myself using rescue inhalers 6-8 times?

Evaluation: Your doctor will be able to investigate whether your symptoms are due to asthma or not. If they are because of asthma, there are maintenance medications called inhaled corticosteroids that decrease the inflammation leading to asthma exacerbations which allow you to use your rescue inhaler less frequently. ...Read more

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Diagnosed preasthmatic because I cough too much at times. Using inhaler stops it, but it can start again. Coughs triggered by cold air, smoke, perfume?

Diagnosed preasthmatic because I cough too much at times. Using inhaler stops it, but it can start again. Coughs triggered by cold air, smoke, perfume?

Sounds about right: Not sure what the question is. There is a cough-variant asthma and it sounds like you have that and that it is triggered by cold air, smoke and perfume. If you are using the inhaler more than once a week to stop the coughing fits then you should see an allergy/asthma specialist for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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M suffering frm bronchititis asthma at d age of 16 bt I m taking levolin inhaler 2puffs 2 times normally n immunity is low how it can be cured fully?

M suffering frm bronchititis asthma at d age of 16 bt I m taking levolin inhaler 2puffs 2 times normally n immunity is low how it can be cured fully?

No Cure: Asthma for some people can be a chronic condition. Asthma is not only the squeezing down of your airways but also the inflammation of those airways. If you are only taking Levolin and need this daily, you may need to see a physician to discuss adding a maintenance medication of inhaled steroids daily. This may not be a cure but it will keep your symptoms controlled. ...Read more

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I am using two inhalers, one rescue and one twice a day. I use dailysingulair and allegra, Since Flu AandB, coughing like crazy.

I am using two inhalers, one rescue and one twice a day. I use dailysingulair and allegra, Since Flu AandB, coughing like crazy.

? upper airways: Are the problem, nose or sinuses, or middle ears, not every cough comes from the lungs, or reflux. Yes any virus can trigger airways inflammation, Flu A / B can, need to check with your doctor if you have nose or sinuses problem, you may need extra Rx medicines or antibiotics, check if your inhalers aren't empty (no active ingredients but still sprays), best wishes ...Read more

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How long should an EOE patient use Flovent inhaler? I have used it for 3 Years, one dose a day. Cost has doubled so I feel I must stop, if I can.

How long should an EOE patient use Flovent inhaler? I have used it for 3 Years, one dose a day. Cost has doubled so I feel I must stop, if I can.

See your Doctor: Often times there are other medicines, coupons, patient assistance programs and even samples of similar medicines that we can help you with. If possible bring in your formulary from your insurance company so we can see what medications that are similar we can use. Between the two of us usually we can find something that will work and not break the bank. ...Read more

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Can dulera (formoterol and mometasone) lose it's effectiveness over time? I'm on dulera (formoterol and mometasone) 100mcg 2 puffs 2 x a day and just got a cold and need to use rescue inhaler throughout day

Not the medication: Something (eg. Viral infection, post nasal drip, smog, acid reflux) is triggering your asthma. Its presence will continue to trigger the attack. The medication will control each episode but unless the trigger is removed, your symptoms will continue or worsen; see your doctor to help determine if your meds need to be adjusted or another med started. ...Read more

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Is it okay for me to use my rescue inhaler more than twice a day? My doc seems ok with it but my heart is constantly racing with irregular beats.

Is it okay for me to use my rescue inhaler more than twice a day? My doc seems ok with it but my heart is constantly racing with irregular beats.

Normal effects: If you are using a rescue inhaler twice a day, every day, you may need an additional medication. It is normal to have the reactions that you have to albuterol, but using it too much usually means that your asthma is more severe, and not well controlled. See your provider. ...Read more

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I want ask u about asthma in children 12months here docto gave him inhaler of ventolin 3times aday. It's not good to take it 3 times aday?

I want ask u about asthma in children 12months here docto gave him inhaler of ventolin 3times aday. It's not good to take it 3 times aday?

Asthma: Ventolin inhaler can be used in young children via an airochamper with mask or albuterol solution by nebulizer every 4 hours as needed, other meds are available depending on the severity of his asthma, make sure he is not exposed to passive smoking, or any triggers in her environment. Good luck. ...Read more