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Dr. Shah Chowdhury
639 Doctors shared insights

Inhaler (Overview)

It is a type of medication delivery system used to inhale aerosolized medications. The most well know of this is albuterol used for asthma.


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What type of inhalers are best for emphysema?

What type of inhalers are best for emphysema?

Depends...: You should discuss this with your pulmonologist who can direct you to which inhaler is going to be best for you. There are many to pick from. ...Read more

Dr. Shah Chowdhury
639 Doctors shared insights

Inhaler (Overview)

It is a type of medication delivery system used to inhale aerosolized medications. The most well know of this is albuterol used for asthma.


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When I was younger I used an inhaler, I have not exercised in years and plan to do so now, should I get an inhaler?

When I was younger I used an inhaler, I have not exercised in years and plan to do so now, should I get an inhaler?

Yes: There is a version of asthma which is exercise induced, and as such it would be a good idea to have a rescue inhaler on hand just in case. Some exercisers with exercise induced asthma take a dose of pump prior to exercising as well to prevent symptoms in the first place. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if I have a inhaler, does that mean I have asthma?

Can you tell me if I have a inhaler, does that mean I have asthma?

Inhaler: They are prescribed to treat hyperreactive airways in cases of asthma, copd, chronic bronchitis, recovery from an acute bronchitis, etc. ...Read more

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Does dry powder inhaler safe for children?

Does dry powder inhaler safe for children?

Yes: Dry powder inhalers are equally effective and are becoming more popular than commonly used metered dose inhalers or MDI's as the former comes without the potential for environmental concerns of damaging the ozone layer with CFC propellants. In MDI's.
In both, one should wash the mouth after use to avoid after taste and potential for developing thrush in mouth. ...Read more

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Is bronchial inhaler dangerous to health and cause problems?

Is bronchial inhaler dangerous to health and cause problems?

No: Inhalers are not dangerous. As in any medicagtion the danger is in the correct indication & usage & not to abuse. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give my 10yo with mild asthma albuterol inhaler that expired 1 year ago?

Is it safe to give my 10yo with mild asthma albuterol inhaler that expired 1 year ago?

No, because:: It is important that you have constant access to asthma medication for your child, especially in preparation for when a child travels or misplaces an inhaler. If the only available inhaler is one that expired a year ago, you don't know how empty it is or how effective the medication inside is. Speak to your primary care provider asap and obtain new inhalers. ...Read more

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What is the most effective brand of inhaler?

What is the most effective brand of inhaler?

Depends on you: The brands really don't make much difference. Some people respond better to one formulation than another, but there is no consistency from person to person. Some inhalers, like xopenex, (levalbuterol) are supposed to have fewer side effects because it is an isomer of albuterol (the most common rescue inhaler). ...Read more

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How does an inhaler work?

How does an inhaler work?

Different types: Some inhalers are designed for "rescue". They directly effect the bronchioles to dilate. Others are cortisone types which are "controllers". They minimize your lungs reactions to whatever triggers the attack. ...Read more

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Chest infection + no coughing? Dr gave ventolin inhalor after phone convo as breathing difficulties + painful chest. Not helping. Hard to see dr. Nhs!

Chest infection + no coughing? Dr gave ventolin inhalor after phone convo as breathing difficulties + painful chest. Not helping. Hard to see dr. Nhs!

Not on the internet: I am sorry but phone consultations and internet medicine are both inappropriate when you cannot breathe. You need to be seen in person and examined in person. If you cannot get to your family doctor then please get to the hospital. ...Read more

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Why isn't my inhaler working?

Why isn't my inhaler working?

No medicine: No medicine left in, or if new-broken pump. ...Read more

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Is there a replacement for intal (cromolyn) inhaler they used to sell for asthmatics?

Is there a replacement for intal (cromolyn) inhaler they used to sell for asthmatics?

No: Intal (cromolyn) is a mast cell stablizer and has stopped being produced because it only came as a cfc inhaler. Once it was mandated that all inhalers be hfa-based, it stopped being stocked in us pharmacies. The company who made it did not pursue making it as an hfa. Some of my patients have been able to get it through canada. ...Read more

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How does an inhaler work?

Different types: Some inhalers are designed for "rescue". They directly effect the bronchioles to dilate. Others are cortisone types which are "controllers". They minimize your lungs reactions to whatever triggers the attack. ...Read more

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Why isn't my inhaler working?

No medicine: No medicine left in, or if new-broken pump. ...Read more

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Why do inhalers make you jumpy?

Why do inhalers make you jumpy?

Muscle stimulation: The inhalers that make you jumpy are bronchodilators. They contain beta agonists which stimulate muscle. When they stimulate the smooth muscle in the lung, the broncial tubes relax to let more air in and out. But they also stimulate skeletal muscle (muscle connecting bones) causing tremor and cardiac muscle in the heart causing a mild increase in blood pressure and pulse. ...Read more

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Can my inhaler stunt my growth?

Can my inhaler stunt my growth?

Inhaler and growth: If you are 38 I'm afraid you are done growing. The inhaler won't make you shorter no matter what type of inhaler it is. If you are asking about children who use steroid inhalers for asthma, there is some data to show slightly less growth but if their asthma is not well controlled then they grow even less than the kids who are on steroid inhalers and way less then kids without asthma. ...Read more

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Why does my inhaler make me worse?

Why does my inhaler make me worse?

Multiple reasons: Some people have vocal cords and/or airways that are irritated by the fine crystals of the meds or propellants in the inhaler. Others may develop polyps or irritation of the vocal cords from the corticosteroids in certain inhalers. In others, increased airflow after using the inhaler can trigger coughing up mucus that was otherwise 'stuck' in the airways. Talk with your doctor about your symptoms. ...Read more

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Inhaler differences, effectiveness?

Inhaler differences, effectiveness?

Narrow focus: This is too broad a question to answer in 400 characters. Specific examples would be helpful. ...Read more

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Could inhalers make you gain weight?

Could inhalers make you gain weight?

Inhalers weight gain: Certain inhalers are steroids. These may affect appetite and fat deposition. It depends on the dose and frequency of the inhaled steroid. More likely, the need for inhalers suggests a decrease in pulmonary function which could diversely affect activity level and thus slow down ones metabolism. This might be a more likely cause for weight gain, decrease activity. ...Read more

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Can you overdose on inhalers and die?

Can you overdose on inhalers and die?

Inhalers: Some people use the inhalers and stay at home when they should be seeking medical attention. So that they are in extremis when they finally make it to the hospital. There can also be paradoxical bronchospasm with albuterol use. If you are unclear as to how frequently you should be using an inhaler or concerned that it is not working-contact your doctor! ...Read more

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Can you lose your taste with inhalers?

Can you lose your taste with inhalers?

Taste Loss w/Inhaler: I presume you are speaking of inhalers used for asthma, bronchitis or copd. They have not been shown to cause loss of taste.
Check with your prescribing provider. You'll probably need to go in for a physical to see about possible causes. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use someone elses inhaler?

NO: If you need inhalers then go see your md and determine why you need the inhaler. Asthma can be deadly and one needs the right medications. If other issues with breathing they can be chronic. One needs to have the correct diagnosis.
Do not use other peoples drug!
not all that wheezes is asthma. ...Read more

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What is the proper way to use an inhaler?

What is the proper way to use an inhaler?

Use a spacer: The easiest way to use an inhaler is with a spacer. You're much more likely to do it correctly. The inhalation for an hfa inhaler is a slow inhalation through the spacer. Dry powder inhalers are used differently, so make sure you review with your doctor or pharmacist the proper way for your inhaler. ...Read more

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How old must a child be to use an inhaler?

How old must a child be to use an inhaler?

Need deep inhalation: If they can follow the instruction and take the deep breathe to send the medicine down all the way, then they will have the benefits of the medicine, otherwise it won't be helpful. They have to hold the lips around the mouth piece good enough to inhale the medicine. If they can't, then treatment with nebulizer can give the medication continuously to the airways. ...Read more

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What is the most effective brand of inhaler?

Depends on you: The brands really don't make much difference. Some people respond better to one formulation than another, but there is no consistency from person to person. Some inhalers, like xopenex, (levalbuterol) are supposed to have fewer side effects because it is an isomer of albuterol (the most common rescue inhaler). ...Read more