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How many times a day should I use my COPD inhaler?
11 doctors weighed in

Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Depends...
There are many COPD inhalers that can be prescribed so it is difficult to answer your question without knowing the inhaler that was prescribed.
But, follow the instructions on the inhaler you got at the pharmacy. If you are still unsure, call your doctor who knows what inhaler you are taking.

In brief: Depends...
There are many COPD inhalers that can be prescribed so it is difficult to answer your question without knowing the inhaler that was prescribed.
But, follow the instructions on the inhaler you got at the pharmacy. If you are still unsure, call your doctor who knows what inhaler you are taking.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Dr. Tasleyma Sattar
Family Medicine
2 doctors agree
In brief: Medication specific
It really does depend on which specific medication you are taking.
Some inhalers are rescue inhalers (like albuterol or xopened) that can be used multiple times throughout the day as needed. Other inhalers are long acting (like spiriva, advair, symbicort, (budesonide and formoterol) etc) that have specific dosing for the day and should not be taken more than directed. Get specific instructions from your doctor.

In brief: Medication specific
It really does depend on which specific medication you are taking.
Some inhalers are rescue inhalers (like albuterol or xopened) that can be used multiple times throughout the day as needed. Other inhalers are long acting (like spiriva, advair, symbicort, (budesonide and formoterol) etc) that have specific dosing for the day and should not be taken more than directed. Get specific instructions from your doctor.
Dr. Tasleyma Sattar
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Dr. Frank Mayo
Internal Medicine - Pulmonary Critical Care
1 doctor agrees
In brief: Variable
Most maintenance inhalers9advair, spiriva, tudorza, symbicort, (budesonide and formoterol) arcapta) are taken 1-2 times per day and short acting inhalers like albuterol more often as needed.

In brief: Variable
Most maintenance inhalers9advair, spiriva, tudorza, symbicort, (budesonide and formoterol) arcapta) are taken 1-2 times per day and short acting inhalers like albuterol more often as needed.
Dr. Frank Mayo
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Dr. Dean Giannone
Internal Medicine
In brief: Depends on inhaler
Spiriva, once daily; advair and symbicort, (budesonide and formoterol) twice daily; albuterol forms, every four hours as needed for shortness of breath.

In brief: Depends on inhaler
Spiriva, once daily; advair and symbicort, (budesonide and formoterol) twice daily; albuterol forms, every four hours as needed for shortness of breath.
Dr. Dean Giannone
Dr. Dean Giannone
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Dr. Andrew Carroll
Family Medicine
In brief: What your doc says
The types of medications and the number of times those medications are used are very patient specific.
This is a question best answered between you and your personal physician. There is no "one right answer" for everyone on this.

In brief: What your doc says
The types of medications and the number of times those medications are used are very patient specific.
This is a question best answered between you and your personal physician. There is no "one right answer" for everyone on this.
Dr. Andrew Carroll
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