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What are the advantages of using a dry powder inhaler?

What are the advantages of using a dry powder inhaler?

May work better: Some find that dry powder inhalers work better. That is probably a debatable point, but they do work well for a lot of people. ...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 do I use a dry powder inhaler?

How do I use a dry powder inhaler?

Deep Breath: Most dry poder inhalers deliver a specific dose per use. The best way to use these devices is to put the device in your mouth and activate it the take a long slow deep breath that will cause all the powder to go in slowly and won't irritate your airway causing you to cough. ...Read more

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Does dry powder inhaler safe for children?

Does dry powder inhaler safe for children?

Yes: Dry powder inhalers are equally effective and are becoming more popular than commonly used metered dose inhalers or MDI's as the former comes without the potential for environmental concerns of damaging the ozone layer with CFC propellants. In MDI's.
In both, one should wash the mouth after use to avoid after taste and potential for developing thrush in mouth. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of dry powder inhaler?

What are the side effects of dry powder inhaler?

It depends: What kind of medication is it? There are various side effects to different medications. One commonly seen side effect of "dry inhalers" containing steroids is fungal/candida infection of the mouth. ...Read more

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Can't you use a spacer with a dry powder inhaler?

Can't you use a spacer with a dry powder inhaler?

Not aerosolized: Dry powder inhalers depend on your breathing in the particles, there is not any power behind them, like you would see in a metered dose inhaler. Spacers do not allow you to get enough airflow to do it. ...Read more

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For how many months should a child take dry powder inhaler with singular to treat asthma attack where she is suffering from olive pollen allergy?

For how many months should a child take dry powder inhaler with singular to treat asthma attack where she is suffering from olive pollen allergy?

Desensitization: If exposure to the pollen can't be avoided, an allergist may offer desensitization to the pollen, which may help. If exposure to the pollen cannot be avoided, and desensitization is not available or is ineffective, then long-term treatment with bronchodilators may be needed ...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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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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Are there any non-dry powder inhalers for my asthma?

Are there any non-dry powder inhalers for my asthma?

Yes: For rescue medications: proair, ventolin, proventil, (albuterol) xopenex
for controller medications: qvar, flovent. ...Read more

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Are dry powder inhalers ever appropriately used as rescue inhalers, or are MDIs the most appropriate choice?

Are dry powder inhalers ever appropriately used as rescue inhalers, or are MDIs the most appropriate choice?

Either one is ok: To use a medication as a rescue inhaler to treat asthma symptoms, the medication should be a fast-acting bronchodilator (whether it comes as a traditional metered-dose-inhaler or as a dry-powder-inhaler should not matter, as long as the patient has used the inhaler before, and did not get any problems such as side effects in the past). ...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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Does dry salt inhaler work? Is it safe to use?

Does dry salt inhaler work? Is it safe to use?

Don't know: There are many positive anecdotes and testimonials, but unfortunately extremely little published data looking at effects of inhaling dry-salt. Dry salt inhalers are not used routinely in clinical practice, which is not to say there would be no benefit, but the effect--positive or negative--one achieves probably depends specifically on what lung disease you have. Discuss further with your doctor. ...Read more

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I have brochitics generally cough starts early in the morning but its dry then I used inhaler wht can I do kindly advice me.?

I have brochitics generally cough starts early in the morning but its dry then I used inhaler wht can I do kindly advice me.?

Bronchitis?: Do u smoke? Do u have fever? Any shortness of breath? How long u have been having these symptoms? If u answered yes to any of these questions see your PCP for physical exam and work up. ...Read more

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Had dry cough for about 9 weeks-very mild cold preceded. On 2 inhalers 2x a day. Now need them 3x a day or I can't make it without coughing. Nonsmoker?

Had dry cough for about 9 weeks-very mild cold preceded. On 2 inhalers 2x a day. Now need them 3x a day or I can't make it without coughing. Nonsmoker?

Cough: A chronic cough can be caused by many things such as gastroesophageal reflux disease, allergic rhinitis, and certain medications. You should follow up with your primary care physician for further evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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I've bee having a dry cough for over 9 days. I was given an inhaler, but its the same. Htts?

I've bee having a dry cough for over 9 days. I was given an inhaler, but its the same. Htts?

Cough: Hello, a cough can come from many many different reasons. The inhaler you were given is probably albuterol and is used to treat asthma or an asthma like condition. If you are no better, I would suggest a return to your doctor for another evaluation.. ...Read more

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Is it safe to say that advair powder (diskus) will be more effective than the advair spray inhaler?

Is it safe to say that advair powder (diskus) will be more effective than the advair spray inhaler?

No: Advair is a inhaled medication that is used for asthma. It comes in two different forms a drym powered inhaled and a pressurized meter dose inhaler. Both are effective treatments for asthma. There is no evidence that on is better then the other. ...Read more

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My inhaler got thrown in the trash, but was in its box. OCD & have Panic, so I washed out cap with warm water, let dry. Have used, its ok right?

My inhaler got thrown in the trash, but was in its box. OCD & have Panic, so I washed out cap with warm water, let dry. Have used, its ok right?

Okay to use: Yes it is okay to use your inhaler. Since it was in the box, it was not contaminated when it was thrown into the trash. The washing of the cap was an extra precaution that you needed to do for your OCD and panic. But now you know it is safe. ...Read more

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How do I know when my Bronchitis is almost gone? After 3 weeks I still have a dry cough and phlegm every so often and have to use my inhaler at times

How do I know when my Bronchitis is almost gone? After 3 weeks I still have a dry cough and phlegm every so often and have to use my inhaler at times

Cough: The cough from bronchitis can sometimes take over 6 weeks to fully resolve. As long are you are getting better give it time. If you start to get worse, have fevers, or cough up blood then you should get checked out again. If you smoke you need to stop or just get used to coughing... ...Read more

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Is it safe to give a 3 yr old albutrol inhaler puff for allergy dry cough?

Is it safe to give a 3 yr old albutrol inhaler puff for allergy dry cough?

Possibly: Cough can have many different causes. The most common causes are asthma, post nasal drip and asthma. If a child is diagnosed with asthma then use of albuterol via an inhaler or nebulizer may be appropriate. ...Read more

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Dry cough inhalers don't work for coughing. Had asthma up to age 5.cough ever less then a min can't control it. Worse at night feel like throw up to.

Dry cough inhalers don't work for coughing. Had asthma up to age 5.cough ever less then a min can't control it. Worse at night feel like throw up to.

Mgt/workup: Your asthma may be uncontrolled or there is another cause of your cough. If your parent gives permission, I can review your asthma plan by appointment at :

healthtap. Com/DosanjhMD
Code: NCYHPZ ...Read more

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Had a dry cough for 6 weeks now been doc they gave me a inhaler but when I cough slot or sneeze I. Get like a pins and needle sensation shoot up my. B?

Had a dry cough for 6 weeks now been doc they gave me a inhaler but when I cough slot or sneeze I. Get like a pins and needle sensation shoot up my. B?

Doctor can evaluate: The cough can be re-evaluated to see if it is allergic, infectious, asthma, etc... Lung function tests can help figure things out. When coughing, the pressure inside the chest goes up. When that happens, the pressure inside the spinal column also goes up. The pressure might press on nerves as they come out of the spine, causing altered nerve signals to give the pins & needles sensations. ...Read more

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Is there a spray substitute to symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) inhaler, with similar formula or strength, I think its powder, aggravates my cough but helps ease breathing?

Is there a spray substitute to symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) inhaler, with similar formula or strength, I think its powder, aggravates my cough but helps ease breathing?

Similar ingredients: The are a couple of inhalers with similar medications, used for the same conditions that symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is used for. For example, there is advair. One's doctor can help decide whether a change would be helpful or not. ...Read more

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Its hard to breathe out easier to breathe in, I have a dry cough, pressure in my chest. I use inhaler but it works after an hour or so. Is it asthma?

Its hard to breathe out easier to breathe in, I have a dry cough, pressure in my chest. I use inhaler but it works after an hour or so. Is it asthma?

Smoking related?: You may have asthma, and/or be affected by your smoking. First, try quitting smoking and see if that makes a difference. You can also see your primary care provider or a lung specialist and have a test called spirometry, which can measure your lung capacity and make a diagnosis of asthma, if that is what you have. ...Read more

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Got a tickly dry feeling in my lungs, sort of like my lungs are thirsty. Used my asthma inhaler (I get mild asthma sometimes) but it's come back again?

Got a tickly dry feeling in my lungs, sort of like my lungs are thirsty. Used my asthma inhaler (I get mild asthma sometimes) but it's come back again?

Asthma: The asthma rescue inhaler should last a few hours. If you need it more than just 2-3 times per week then we need to step up treatment and add a controller medicine typically, a steroid inhaler which is safe. Continue this until your doctor says to stop. Most likely, this is just temporary. ...Read more

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Could asthma inhalers cause an infection after my tooth extraction? No dry socket.

Could asthma inhalers cause an infection after my tooth extraction? No dry socket.

Unlikely: Inhaled steroids might cause fungal pharyngitis in general, that's why it is advisable to gargle or drink water after using them, the same applies after tooth extraction, wash your mouth after usage, bronchodilator inhalers aren't known to cause infection, wash your mouth anyways after using either type if you're concerned ...Read more

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My insurce doesn't cover my inhaler anymore whsr do I do my dry cough is so deep iwheeze all night and ihave the feeling of mucus in throat?

My insurce doesn't cover my inhaler anymore whsr do I do my dry cough is so deep iwheeze all night and ihave the feeling of mucus in throat?

Asthma: First stop smoking, this is not helping your asthma. A number of drug companies have patient assistance programs, you can look up your medication online, with a. Com after its name and see if the company offers such a program you can sign up for. Your doctor can also help you by contacting your insurance company to plead your case. ...Read more