How Many Times Can I Use My Blue Inhaler?

How long should a blue inhaler last?

About salbutamol inhalers This helps to relieve symptoms of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) such as coughing, wheezing and feeling breathless.

It starts to work within a few minutes and the effect will last between 3-5 hours..

What happens if you use an inhaler and don’t need it?

The bronchodilator inhaler, or “reliever medication”, is used to relieve spasms in the airway muscles. If you don’t have spasms, it will have no effect on the airways but potential side effects include a racing heart beat and feeling very shaky.

What does a blue inhaler do?

The blue inhaler is also known as the reliever inhaler and is for immediate rescue when you are experiencing symptoms, such as chest tightness or shortness of breath. It contains a short acting bronchodilator known as salbutamol; which quickly opens the airways during an asthma attack.

What is the best preventer inhaler for asthma?

Clenil is the most common preventer, and others include Qvar, Flixotide and Pulmicort. There are also combination inhalers available, such as Seretide and Symbicort, which contain a preventer and a symptom reliever. These are usually prescribed in cases where a preventer inhaler has proved insufficient.

How many times can you give a child a blue inhaler?

For an acute asthma attack Give your child one puff from the inhaler. Wait 15–30 seconds, then give another one. You can give them a maximum of 10 puffs, waiting 15–30 seconds between puffs.

When should you use a blue inhaler?

When you have an asthma attack your blue reliever inhaler gets the medicine straight to your lungs, so it can quickly relax the muscles surrounding your airways. The airways can then open more widely, making it easier to breathe again. You should feel a difference to your breathing within a few minutes.

How many puffs of an inhaler can kill you?

Like any medication Ventolin should be taken according to your doctors instructions. The usual dose is 2 puffs 4 times a day. An overdose of Ventolin can be fatal.

Can you overuse a blue inhaler?

They’re available over the counter, and while short-term use to relieve asthma symptoms is recommended, its overuse – more than a few times a week – can cause side effects like shaking, trembling and a rapid heart rate.

Should you always call an ambulance if a child reaches 10 puffs of their reliever inhaler?

a maximum of 10 puffs, or until their symptoms improve. The inhaler should be shaken between puffs. The child’s parents or carers should be contacted after the ambulance has been called. A member of staff should always accompany a child taken to hospital by ambulance and stay with them until a parent or carer arrives.

Can I use an expired inhaler?

If you’re in an urgent situation and need asthma medication in order to breathe, only use an expired inhaler as a supplement until you’re able to find an unexpired inhaler or you’re able to seek medical treatment. Most inhalers are also safe to use up to one year after the expiration date.

Which inhaler should be used first?

Likewise, I was taught that when you have more than one inhaler, you should always use your rescue inhaler first. The reason here was because the rescue inhaler opens up your lungs, making your other inhalers (Qvar, Serevent, Azmanex, Spiriva, etc.) work better.

Can you overdose on brown inhaler?

A Revolutionary inhaler has been launched which tells asthmatics whether they have taken the correct dose of drug. Until now it has not been possible for an asthmatic to tell if their treatment has been properly deposited in the lungs.

Is the brown inhaler a steroid?

Beclometasone is a steroid medicine. It reduces inflammation in the lungs that can act as a trigger for an asthma attack, and so should reduce the number of attacks. Beclometasone is commonly called a ‘preventer’ medicine and comes in a brown inhaler.

Is it OK to use Ventolin for coughing?

Asthma inhalers soothe the airways and suppress the need to cough. They can allow you the peace to recover. If an inhaler such as Ventolin doesn’t help, and the cough worsens, it’s important to see a doctor again in case there’s an underlying infection or other problem.

How many puffs of blue inhaler can you take?

Take your blue inhaler Take one puff of your reliever inhaler every 30-60 seconds, up to a maximum of 10 puffs.