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How to stop an asthma attack with an inhaler?
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Dr. David Shulan
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology
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In brief: 2puffs
An attack is usually cleared with 2 puffs of a short acting bronchodilator (such as albuterol).
It is best to wait at least 1 minute between puffs. If you need the rescue inhaler frequently, you will need mediacal attention. If you need to use a short acting bronchodilator other than before exercise more than twice a week, you would need a preventative medication such as an inhaled steroid.

In brief: 2puffs
An attack is usually cleared with 2 puffs of a short acting bronchodilator (such as albuterol).
It is best to wait at least 1 minute between puffs. If you need the rescue inhaler frequently, you will need mediacal attention. If you need to use a short acting bronchodilator other than before exercise more than twice a week, you would need a preventative medication such as an inhaled steroid.
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