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Tuesday, March 09, 2010 workingman392, Community Member, asks

Q: are over the counter inhalers any good for asthma

i ran out of my albuterol inhaler and was wondering if over-the-counter inhalers any good? If so, what brand do you recommend?

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John Bottrell, Health Pro
3/11/10 2:49am

I would not recommend any over the counter asthma products. They can actually be more dangerous than prescribed meds.  I write about the hazards of one such over the counter asthma medicine here. The best thing to do is ask your doctor for a prescription for a back-up albuterol inhaler that you can keep in case you run out. 

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Tracey74, Community Member
3/18/10 7:35pm

no primatene and such asthma inhalers are worse for you than albuterol. A dr will tell you that as well. next time make sure you dont run out. if you are using it more than 1-2 times a week then you  most likely need an asthma controller med like advair or symbicort. if you take any inhaler too much it can result in a heart attack(dr  has told me that more than once) as it speeds up your heart.

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Tracey74, Community Member
3/18/10 7:36pm

no primatene and such asthma inhalers are worse for you than albuterol. A dr will tell you that as well. next time make sure you dont run out. if you are using it more than 1-2 times a week then you  most likely need an asthma controller med like advair or symbicort. if you take any inhaler too much it can result in a heart attack/cardiac arrest(many doctors have  told me that more than once) as it speeds up your heart.

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By workingman392, Community Member— Last Modified: 09/17/14, First Published: 03/09/10