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.

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When I play football I get breathless I use my asthma inhaler but doesn't have affect?

Change timing? If you know that every time you play football, or exercise for that matter, you get breathless, you may want to consider using your rescue inhaler before the exercise. Talk it over with your physician. Read more...
Not asthma. If your albuterol inhaler is used before activity and still not helpful it may not be asthma causing breathlessness. Two other possibilities are that you are having normal exertional shortness of breath or vocal cord dysfunction. Asthma typically is worse after stopping exercise. If your problem is worsening see your physician. Read more...

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

Need to see your doc. This is a question best answered by seeing a doctor in person. You need a full history and exam to determine if an asthma inhaler is an appropriate part of your care. 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...

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...

Does anything bad happen if someone uses an asthma inhaler for a cold, but didn't have asthma symptoms then?

Yes. Asthma inhalers are for specific types of symptoms. Using them unnecessarily may cause increased side effects. Always use your medication the way it was prescribed. Read more...
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...
Unlikely. As long as the inhaler is intact and still has doses left, it should work properly when you need it. Storing it upright would be wise. Read more...