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Is Using An Inhaler Without Asthma Bad
Some thoughts: Many advances in treatments have become available for asthma in the past two decades. However, the rate of sudden death during an asthma attack has increased, especially in those considered mildly affected. You want to be part of such a pattern, ignore/disrespect the disease. The choice is yours. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Should be fine: A one time accidental use would probably not result in any side effects. One use an inhaled steroid would cause negligible side effects. Using a bronchodilator, like albuterol, may cause one to get jittery. If one is concerned about adverse reaction then it would be appropriate to seek medical care. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
What would cause a frequent tickle/irritation in throat that makes me cough? Is this asthma or allergy? Using flovent inhaler 6wks, not helping
Depends.....: Studies have shown that, when the technique is right, an inhaler is just as effective as nebulizer therapy. However, many patients are not able to use an inhaler with proper technique which makes the nebulizer more effective. The patient should use an inhaler in front of their physician to be certain of proper technique. If a person is unable to use an inhaler properly, then use nebulizer therapy! ...Read more
No concerns: You probably wouldn't get any benefit from it (it works by opening up closed down airways in asthmatics so if your airways aren't constricted it wouldn't do much) but it wouldn't harm you either. You could get some short lived rapid heart beat but it shouldn't cause any harm. We give it to people during breathing tests all the time to see if they respond which would indicate they have asthma. ...Read more
I've had a cough for a while and doctor prescribed an inhaler. Can I drink alcohol while using an albuterol sulfate inhaler?
Blue inhaler stopped an 'asthma' attack but my pharmacist says bronchiospasms can be caused by stress without having asthma. Is this true?
Maybe: Extreme stress and anxiety can make u wheeze. However, have urself checked out by a physician to make sure what could be the problem. Allergies are a trigger of asthma and I notice u have been using Flonase. Asthma can start at any age and the key to diagnosis is RECURRENCE. By going to a lung specialist you can have lung studies which can make things clearer. ...Read more
Depends: For acute attacks a "rescue" inhaler like albuterol is the drug of choice in the us. As far as "controller" inhalers which are cortisone derived drugs, there are many different forms all of which will work. Sometimes you have to switch around till you find the best "fit" for you. Wheter you need a controller in the first place and how strong will depend on your asthma severity. ...Read more
Do not use it: Out dated medication can be dangerous. The compound may "break-down" and cause just about any kind of adverse event such as hallucinations. ...Read more
If I start taking allergy shots, can I stop using an inhaler before running? * The inhaler (with albuterol) is only used during high pollen seasons.
Possible: Since only 80% of the people respond to allergy shots, you may be able to avoid using albuterol before exercise if you are in the 80% group. However the probability is likely under 10% . Try exercising without using the albuterol and see what happens. Do realize that allergy shots usually take several months to provide benefit and controlling your nasal symptoms may improve asthma as well. ...Read more
Be cautious: Even beta-blocker eye drops can be absorbed and potentially trigger asthma symptoms in patients with asthma. Timolol is a non-selective beta-blocker which can carry more risk than the "selective" beta-blockers. An article from 2009 provides interesting data. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19899964. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Equivalent: A nebulizer is used when the person is not able to use the inhaler properly. When used the proper way both deliver the right amount of medication. A nebulizer is less portable and takes more time to deliver (10 to 15 minutes), usually requires a power plug. An inhaler is very handy, fits in a pocket or a small purse. And then, there is personal preference. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Asthma inhalers fine: Inhalers are a general term. There are several kind of asthma medications in inhalers. Some are used everyday , called control inhalers (inhaled steroids, or combinations with long-acting broncho-dilators). Other inhalers are called "rescue", treating acute symptoms (e.g. Albuterol). They are not to be used with vising. ...Read more
Not a good idea: Three decades ago pills containing theophylline were a common treatment. They are cousins to caffeine,were slow to work, had many side effects, seldom gained good control & required periodic blood tests for effective use.Today's inhalers take advantage of technical progress to deliver meds directly where needed, not every cell of the body. Asthma still kills patients every year. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Hard to say: Any medication that is strong enough to do good is strong enough to do bad.Some inhalers are linked to an increase in sudden death when used incorrectly. You say "mimic" which does not mean anything to us.It suggests you self label & are avoiding care by a personal physician ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Depends: on the concentration of the active ingredient and the case severity, please see your doctor ...Read more
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