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Over The Counter Asthma Inhaler
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
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
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
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
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
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
How do u recommend keep asthma inhaler clean at work? If ur training for cna how do I keep germs off? Tips? Suggestions?
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
Majority of asthmatics who end up in ICU hasn't used their ICS properly.
Shahzeidi, md. ...Read more
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
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
If you need ICS and prescribed by your physicin you shoud use it as directed.
Shahzeidi, md. ...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
Office visit: If your rescue inhaler is not working, then either your asthma needs a different type of medication, such as an inhaled corticosteroid or allergy medication, to help control your difficulties breathing, or because your symptoms are not due to asthma at all. In both cases, it would be a good idea to be evaluated by your physician. ...Read more
No: No one should ever give or take a medication that is not prescribed to them. ...Read more
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My method: The pocket chamber spacer has a lot going for it - small size, smaller price. Like all modern inhaler devices it has a one-way valve so your exhaled breath does not return to the holding chamber. (1) activate inhaler (2) begin inhaling within 1 second (3) inhale slowly to a count of 5 (1, one thousand, 2...) (4) hold breath to count of 10 (5) exhale (6) wait 30 seconds (7) repeat with 2nd dose. ...Read more
Not aware of any: There used to be an OTC inhaler sold in some pharmacies and grocery stores. It had been around since before most inhalers became prescription based.The old med is full of side effects but some used them.I'm not sure if they are around. If your trying to avoid having proper care for this chronic condition, make sure your affairs are in order.Sudden death rates due to asthma have not changed much. ...Read more
Does anything bad happen if someone uses an asthma inhaler for a cold, but didn't have asthma symptoms then?
Were you coughing?: A rescue inhaler, no. If taken appropriately and it gave you relief within 5-10 minutes, this means you probably had some bronchitis.If it didn't have any effect and you stopped taking it, it didn't damage your lungs or heart. Now, don't keep taking other peoples medication. Especially, not maintenance inhalers. See your doctor and to determine if you need some prescribed for you. ...Read more
Will my asthma inhaler stop working if I don't use it for 3 weeks ? I mean will spray malfunction?
Prime it: Some inhalers requires priming with the 1st trigger mainly to fill up the delivery sprout and thus will not deliver medication. On the other hand if you were using inhaled steroid as a controller drug, it may not work after 3 weeks either due to loss of asthma control from the lack of medication or the fact that it takes 2-3 weeks for it to give you optimal results. ...Read more
Why do doctors have a hard time prescribing me xopenex (levalbuterol) hfa(an asthma inhaler)? Some does not even know what it is.
Not sure...: Some insurance companies have this inhaler on formulary and others don't. If your doctor has not heard of this inhaler, he/she can look if up so it is not clear to me why they would not prescribe it. In some patients, it causes less of an increase in heart rate so it is sometimes better tolerated. Your doc could get more info from your pharmacist if needed as well. ...Read more
Yup: Typically one needs a prescription to get an asthma inhaler spacer. ...Read more