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How do I use a metered-dose inhaler?

Inhaler: I would recommend to go to the manufacture's website and get a handout or watch a video if they have one to learn how to use the device. Sometimes devices have different ways of using them. Alternatively go to your pharmacist and they can go over how to use the device. ...Read more

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Dr. Shah Chowdhury
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Inhaler (Definition)

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How do I use a metered-dose inhaler?

Inhaler: I would recommend to go to the manufacture's website and get a handout or watch a video if they have one to learn how to use the device. Sometimes devices have different ways of using them. Alternatively go to your pharmacist and they can go over how to use the device. ...Read more

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Can I use one metered dose inhaler to administer fluticasone and albuterol, one at a time? Or should I get separate inhalers?

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

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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

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

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What are the most popular brands of metered dosed inhalers?

Albutero/combivent: Albuterol is a bronchodilator working through beta two receptors. Ipratropium in Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) works through muscuranic recptors as an antiinflammatory. Albuterol is usally more of a rescue inhalier. It is short acting. You would benefit from being on something like advair or symbacort with albuterol to use in between those times when breathing is difficult. ...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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My Proair albuterol inhaler just reached zero on the dose counter. There is medicine left, can I still use it?

My Proair albuterol inhaler just reached zero on the dose counter. There is medicine left, can I still use it?

Maybe: It might be that when you reach ZERO on the counter, there is a little bit left, but not a reliable amount per puff. Therefore, when an inhaler is needed, if one has a new one, use the new one. If one has no new one, using the old one would be better than using nothing. One can get a refill when the pharmacy opens. ...Read more