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Doctor insights on: Over The Counter Asthma Inhaler

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What can overdosing on an asthma inhaler do to you?

What can overdosing on an asthma inhaler do to you?

Symptoms...: It can cause your heart to beat very rapidly possibly leading to an arrhythmia. It can also cause jitteriness, anxiety, sweating, etc. Overall, not a good idea so take inhalers as prescribed by your doctor. ...Read more

Asthma Inhaler (Definition)

An asthma inhaler is a devise that delivers asthma medication through inhalation. They are sometimes called puffers or mdi's (metered dose inhalers) they can deliver rescue medications such as albuterol, or controller medications ...Read more


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Can you use an asthma inhaler if you don't have asthma?

Can you use an asthma inhaler if you don't have asthma?

You decide: Any medicine strong enough to do good is strong enough to do bad.I recall one runway model who found an inhaler dulled her appetite. She died when the heart stimulating effect in the med caused a fatal rhythm.Using any med without proper monitoring is foolish, but adults often make that choice. ...Read more

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What's a good way to check if my asthma inhaler worked?

Inhaler: Your maintenance inhaler will not give you an immediate effect while the albuterol one should. If no spray comes out of the device, make sure the hole in the plastic l shaped container is not blocked, wash it under warm water after you remove the metal canister. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: asthma inhaler?

What is the definition or description of: asthma inhaler?

Inhaled asthma Med: An asthma inhaler is a devise that delivers asthma medication through inhalation. They are sometimes called puffers or mdi's (metered dose inhalers) they can deliver rescue medications such as albuterol, or controller medications such as inhaled steroids. ...Read more

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If you don't have asthma, but use an asthma inhaler, what will happen?

Side effects: Without asthma a preventive inhaler that has steroids in it can give you thrush, a fungus that can invade the mouth and throat. A bronchodilator will often make your heart beat faster and make you shakey. If you don't have asthma there is no benefit, only side effects. If your asthma is controlled with medications it may come back if you stop inhalers, they do not cure asthma. ...Read more

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Can I use my asthma inhaler for bronchitis?

Can I use my asthma inhaler for bronchitis?

They may help...: Bronchitis is typically an acute inflammatory condition affecting the airway. This inflammation can lead to airway hyper-reactivity (increased coughing, wheezing, etc) especially in an asthmatic. Asthma controller inhalers may help to prevent "bronchitis" episodes. Reliever inhalers such as albuterol may help to temporarily relieve associated coughing/wheezing but don't treat the inflammation. ...Read more

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Is the primatene mist asthma inhaler banned?

Is the primatene mist asthma inhaler banned?

Removed from market: There are currently no over the counter asthma inhalers in the us. The manufacturers of primatine are petitioning the fda to keep it available. No actions as of yet. Available prescription rescue inhalers more specific with fewer side effects. Recently a new otc inhaler has been released. It is called asthmanefrin. I recommend you speak with your physician before starting any medications. ...Read more

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How does an asthma inhaler help a person with asthma breathe?

How does an asthma inhaler help a person with asthma breathe?

Opens breathing tube: Inhaled medications (bronchodialtors) like albuterol, help relax the muscular spasm around the bronchi or breathing tubes. This form of rescue medication can provide rapid relief or prevention of symptoms. Other medications like steroids or steroid/bronchodilator combinations also come in metered dose inhaler form. ...Read more

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I have a congenital problem that mimics asthma, can I use an asthma inhaler?

I have a congenital problem that mimics asthma, can I use an asthma inhaler?

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 more

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How do u recommend keep asthma inhaler clean at work? If ur training for cna how do I keep germs off? Tips? Suggestions?

How do u recommend keep asthma inhaler clean at work? If ur training for cna how do I keep germs off? Tips? Suggestions?

Germs: A dilute hydrogen peroxide solution can be used to wipe off your inhaler. Use personal protective equipment as appropriate, careful hand washing, anti microbial solution, masks and gloves should help. ...Read more

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What can an asthma inhaler overdose do to you?

What can an asthma inhaler overdose do to you?

Symptoms...: Symptoms of beta-agonist overdose include a rapid heart rate which can lead to arrhythmias that can be life-threatening. Other symptoms include tremors, anxiety, etc. None of these symptoms are comfortable so take all medicine, including inhalers, as prescribed by your doctor. ...Read more

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Why is my asthma inhaler suddenly not working?

Why is my asthma inhaler suddenly not working?

May be it is empty: It may be empty.Does it show if there are any doses left in it.If still full and not workin and you don't feel it spraying take it back to Pharmacy
Otherwise consult your doctor as you may need change of treatment
Which inhaler are you using? ...Read more

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What is the effect of using an asthma inhaler long-term?

What is the effect of using an asthma inhaler long-term?

Negligible: Side effects of asthma medications are less than side effects of uncontrolled asthma. Don't stop your inhalers without talking with your doctor about your concerns. ...Read more

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What will happen if you don't use asthma inhaler regularly ?

What will happen if you don't use asthma inhaler regularly ?

Hospoitalization: Majority of asthmatics who end up in ICU hasn't used their ICS properly.
Shahzeidi, md. ...Read more

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Does my asthma inhaler stunt my growth? Please, need some answers?

Does my asthma inhaler stunt my growth? Please, need some answers?

No: The inhaler that is associated with this is a controller- cortisone type drugs. Studies have shown that the amount actually absorbed into your sysyem is so small that it will have very, very little effect on growth. Other studies where growth was studied showed that expected growth in people taking these inhalers have the same or less than 1% less optimal growth than non users. Don't worry . ...Read more

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What happens if someone is using an asthma inhaler, without asthma?

What happens if someone is using an asthma inhaler, without asthma?

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 more

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Which is the preferred asthma inhaler or anything that can help asthma?

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

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...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