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Can you overdose on asthma medication or inhaler? What happens if you take more than the recommended dosage?

Can you overdose on asthma medication or inhaler? What happens if you take more than the recommended dosage?

Loaded question: I hope that you're asking if there will be any harm if you're not sure whether you've taken your inhalers yet today, and are afraid to take them now if you've already taken them earlier today. No worries - an extra puff or two won't hurt you. However, if you're asking because you're thinking of hurting yourself, please call your doctor to discuss your situation, or go to the er to get some help. ...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 long does it take to feel better after starting to take asthma medication?? I started today with an inhaler and a few tablets prescribed by my Dr.

How long does it take to feel better after starting to take asthma medication?? I started today with an inhaler and a few tablets prescribed by my Dr.

Depends on the med: It will usually take 2-4 weeks for anti inflammatory medicines for asthma to reach their full effect, but patients report feeling some improvement within a few days. However, it depends on which medications your doctor chose. ...Read more

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Hi I'm on a salbutamol inhaler, but found that it is making me feel lightheaded, can it be the medication or is it something else.

Hi I'm on a salbutamol inhaler, but found that it is making me feel lightheaded, can it be the medication or is it something else.

Could be inhaler: It could be just side effects from the inhaler. If it only happens after you use the inhaler, than this is what I would assume. If the side effects don't go away within a few minutes, then I would consult with your doctor. ...Read more

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If I find myself using my albuterol inhaler daily, should I look for stronger medication?

If I find myself using my albuterol inhaler daily, should I look for stronger medication?

Didn't kind: If you're needing your "as needed" or rescue inhaler everyday, it means you need some sort of preventive inhaler, e.g., a steroid inhaler, which you will use everyday to control your symptoms, saving the albuterol for further flares. ...Read more

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How can I become symptom free from asthma without using inhalers or any other medications?

Asthma: Persistent asthma means the airways in the lungs are inflamed. While avoiding allergens and other triggers may help, most people require medication to prevent and control symptoms. ...Read more

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I have an inhaler and I don't want to take medication. I'm 17 and I was wondering if there is another natural way to get rid of asthma?

I have an inhaler and I don't want to take medication. I'm 17 and I was wondering if there is another natural way to get rid of asthma?

Beware: Asthma is quite variable from person to person and within a single person has periods of more or less symptoms. You may have mild asthma and be able to get by ignoring mild events. However, asthma is also a stealth disease. It can sneak up and go into a big attack that is life threatening. The frequency of sudden death in asthma remains relatively constant in spite of progress in treatment. ...Read more

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2 weeks ago I had asthma and recovered. Still coughing. When will bronchitis go away? Any treatment without medication? I use inhaler here and there.

2 weeks ago I had asthma and recovered. Still coughing. When will bronchitis go away? Any treatment without medication? I use inhaler here and there.

Still have asthma: If you have asthma and had an attack 2 weeks earlier, you still have the4 disease. Prolonged bronchitis, in many cases, is actually asthma. So, if you still have problems, you need to be on an inhaled steroid and broncho-dilator. Anyway, if you have never seen an asthma specialist AND are taking appropriate medication, you should see one. Taking an inhaler here and there won't cut it. ...Read more

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Can an asthmatic (22yrs medication use about) lower his need for rescue inhalers (used before exercise as well) by jogging/swimming lightly? Bad idea?

Can an asthmatic (22yrs medication use about) lower his need for rescue inhalers (used before exercise as well) by jogging/swimming lightly? Bad idea?

Yes: You may be able to reduce rescue inhaler use if you are in better physical condition but this is not a guarantee. Many elite athletes require the use of inhaler prior to exercise even when they don't suffer from asthma with regular activities. ...Read more

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I just got diagnosed with bronchitis. Prescribed albuterol inhaler and cefdinir. When should it go away and description of the medication?

I just got diagnosed with bronchitis. Prescribed albuterol inhaler and cefdinir. When should it go away and description of the medication?

3-7 days: Bacterial bronchitis usual begins resolving in 3-7 days after antibiotic initiation. If is is viral bronchitis then antibiotics will have no effect on resolution, and it may take longer. Any progressive fever, chest pain, or difficulty breathing while on therapy deserves a re-evaluation. ...Read more

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I have emphysema and am using dulera (formoterol and mometasone) by itself it there another medication I can use with it besides my rescue inhaler?

I have emphysema and am using dulera (formoterol and mometasone) by itself it there another medication I can use with it besides my rescue inhaler?

Emphysema: Is rather a syndrome, management is long term and multifaceted, drug therapy is only one aspect, environmental control and habit control like stopping smoking and avoiding smokers is important, nutrition and physical activity. Given that you are only on these two medications, means your doctor is comfortable with that regimen, if otherwise, you feel uncontrolled, kindly revisit your doctor ...Read more

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Salbutomal 100 microgrammes inhaler and Lansoprazole time release capsules 15mg-30mg can either of these medications cause sinus tachycardia?

Salbutomal 100 microgrammes inhaler and Lansoprazole time release capsules 15mg-30mg can either of these medications cause sinus tachycardia?

Asthma meds: Salbutamol (albuterol) is a beta agonist drug which is used via inhaler to open constricted airways. Sinus tachycardia is a common side-effect. For personal advice about your case of course a cardiologist would need a lot more info. ...Read more

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Which of the following asthma medications should I reduce if have no symptoms at all 1)controlling tablets 2)quick relief inhaler 3)steroid inhaler?

Which of the following asthma medications should I reduce if have no symptoms at all 1)controlling tablets 2)quick relief inhaler 3)steroid inhaler?

See below: The steroid inhaler is your controller/maintenance for use daily/routinely. The tablet is also assisting with the control/maintenance aspects of your asthma. Your action plan should advise that the quick relief (albuterol) can be decreased/increased in frequency depending on the severity or improvement of your breathing status. ...Read more

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I take xzal, singulair (montelukast), abuterol inhaler and by neubilizer can I take OTC sinus medication and do these meducations cause delression or anxiety?

I take xzal, singulair (montelukast), abuterol inhaler and by neubilizer can I take OTC sinus medication and do these meducations cause delression or anxiety?

Carefully: Try to avoid OTC sinus products that contain phenylephrine which can raise blood pressure when taken w/ bystolic (nebivolol). But otherwise it should be okay. Since you already have high BP - this is important. It should not increase your emotional problems, but if it does - use as little as possible. I hope you feel better soon. ...Read more

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I've had a cough for over two years. I have been treated with inhalers, steroid, anti drip medications, antihistamines, zpac you name it. It has?

I've had a cough for over two years. I have been treated with inhalers, steroid, anti drip medications, antihistamines, zpac you name it. It has?

GERD?: Have you been evaluated for gerd? This can also contribute to bronchospasm and result in cough. It is not likely to be due to infection if it has been present for 2 years. If you are smoking, you need to quit. You may need pulmonary function testing to rule out copd, especially if you have smoked. ...Read more

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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?

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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6 yr old boy Nocturnal asthma how to relieve it if inhaler isn't helping at night time? And spits out prednisone medication when given orally.

6 yr old boy Nocturnal asthma how to relieve it if inhaler isn't helping at night time? And spits out prednisone medication when given orally.

You should speak: To his doctor. I don't know what inhaler he is on. If it is a bronchodilator (such as albuterol or xopenex), he may benefit from an inhaled steroid (or through a nebulizer), but only his doctor can make that determination. If he is having labored breathing, you should take him to an emergency room to be seen. ...Read more

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Hi Dr my wife is a known case of idiopathic pulmonary hypertension she is on iloprost inhaler, diltiazem 120 mg TID & sildenafil 50 mg bid she is 8 week pregnant now we decide to keep the baby we seek your advice about her medication specially diltaze

Hi Dr my wife is a known case of idiopathic pulmonary hypertension she is on iloprost inhaler, diltiazem 120 mg TID & sildenafil 50 mg bid she is 8 week pregnant now we decide to keep the baby we seek your advice about her medication specially diltaze

Very difficult: This is a very specific question that needs to be answered by a pulmonologist with extensive experience treating idiopathic pulmonary hypertension and this is not an appropriate forum because treatment is often highly individualized. If you choose to use HealthTap for this question, then you must at least choose a Concierge visit with a selected Pulmonary specialist. Good luck to you both! ...Read more

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Can someone be hospitalized for bronchitis if prescription medication is not relieving chest tightness? Medications prescribed on 1/24/12: albuterol inhaler, cough sysrup with codeine, nebulizer treatment at urgent care facility on 1/24/12 only, predislon

Can someone be hospitalized for bronchitis if prescription medication is not relieving chest tightness? Medications prescribed on 1/24/12: albuterol inhaler, cough sysrup with codeine, nebulizer treatment at urgent care facility on 1/24/12 only, predislon

See your personal MD: Medications prescribed are working against each other. Albuterol is a broncho dilator which helps you to cough up mucous. Codeine is a cough suppressant making it harder for you to cough up mucousrather than an urgent care center, it might be a better idea to make an appointment with your doctor to get you on proper medication. ...Read more

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Can purposely overdosing on an albuterol inhaler turn you into a drug addict?

Can purposely overdosing on an albuterol inhaler turn you into a drug addict?

No: But I would be concerned about other behavioral health issues. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Tested positive for methamphetamine at pain dr. Double amputee. Never did street drug except marijuana. They said to check his inhaler.?

Inhaler not often: There are reports of testing positive for methamphetamine while on inhalers. There are 2 types of meth. The D form is the illegal street form and the L form is the legal form of methamphetamine found in cold mess for example. Ask to have the test redone looking for the D and L form good luck ...Read more

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Currently taking Flovent and Albuterol inhaler for asthma. Costly w/my insurance, non-formulary but Symbicort is on my preferred drug list. Thoughts?

Currently taking Flovent and Albuterol inhaler for asthma. Costly w/my insurance, non-formulary but Symbicort is on my preferred drug list. Thoughts?

Different actions: Flovent is an inhaled anti-inflammatory steroid used for basic control. Albuterol is a short acting anti-spasm drug that acts quickly to reverse bronchospasm. Symbicort is a combination of a steroid and a long acting agent that treats bronchospasm. It can only be used 2X/day and doesn't give you flexibility to treat sudden events. You should only change if & when your doc thinks it wise for you. ...Read more

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I don't like the advair powder inhaler it irritates my throat. Does the hfa version have the same potency? Or is there another drug altogether?

I don't like the advair powder inhaler it irritates my throat. Does the hfa version have the same potency? Or is there another drug altogether?

DIfferent but minima: Advair hfa (salmeterol and fluticasone) is fluticasone 45mcg / salmeterol 25mcg or 115mcg/21mcg respectively. This can be dosed to be about equal to what you may have been on with the advair diskus. ...Read more

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57 year old healthy male with chronic cough, not asthma, not allergies, no pulmonary cause. Where should he go next? Chronic cough for over 5 years....Been to pulmonologist, allergist, no cause found, no medication has helped. Allergy meds, inhalers, me

Find an expert: Consider going to a center with expertise in chronic cough. Mayo may be a good option since you are in il. There are also some treatments for refractory cough that you may also be eligible for. ...Read more

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Is it true that green tea interacts with no of drugs, if so does it have interaction with gabapentin or seretide inhalor? Thanks

Is it true that green tea interacts with no of drugs, if so does it have interaction with gabapentin or seretide inhalor? Thanks

Caffeine: Green tea has caffeine that can cause tachycardia and palpitations. Seretide can add to these side effects. Depends ow much green tea you want to consume may or may not matter. ...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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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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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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Best inhaler to be on with having emphizma?

Best inhaler to be on with having emphizma?

No one answer: For true emphysema, nothing works. But in general there is no one good inhaler superior to the others in all circumstances. ...Read more

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How can I know if I'm using my inhaler correctly?

How can I know if I'm using my inhaler correctly?

Just Do It: The best way is to use your inhaler while your doc or nurse is watching to insure you are using it correctly. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: inhaler?

What is the definition or description of: inhaler?

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