HomePirbuterolWhat happens if you take 3 puffs of an inhaler?
Posted in Pirbuterol on 30th April 2014

What happens if you take 3 puffs of an inhaler?
I was having trouble breathing eariler so I took 2 puffs of my inhaler… About 15 mins later I was still having trouble so I got in the shower for about 10 mins and when I got out I took another puff…. Will I die?

Best answer(s):

Answer by VLizzle
Oh for goodness sakes – of course not – DUH

Answer by micksmixxx
No, my friend, you won’t die. You MIGHT feel some of the side-effects though, such as trembling or a bubbling sensation.

Answer by IIAF
I first had doubt whether this is a genuine question or a troll. However, when I read your other questions and found that this is the second time you have asked this question, I had to believe that this is a genuine question. The reason of my skepticism is that it’s silly to think that with 2-puffs it’s okay but with 3-puffs you started to worry to death..lol! Now the response as follows:

You did not mention which type of inhaler you have been using. If it is Rescue Inhaler then you can inhale as long as your asthmatic feeling or attack does not subside, but better use it after some interval of minimum 2 to 4 hours from the first two-puffs. It doesn’t matter if you have taken 3-puffs. However, if your inhaler is steroids or corticosteroids then you better follow the doses strictly as per the prescription. You won’t die if you take 3-puffs even with steroids or corticosteroids inhalers.

I got the following from the website:

1. The Basics of Rescue Inhalers: The most common class of rescue inhalers is the beta-agonist bronchodilator. Beta-agonist drugs provide short-acting, quick relief when symptoms like wheezing, coughing, and chest tightness flare — whether it’s from a friend’s cat, summer pollen, a dusty house, or a run on a cold day.

“Standard albuterol is probably one of the most frequently used beta-agonists,” says Richard Honsinger, MD, a spokesman for the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology. Along with albuterol, other short-acting beta-agonists are available by prescription, including levalbuterol, metaproterenol sulfate, pirbuterol, and terbutaline. These drugs work by relaxing the bronchial smooth muscle in the lung, opening the airways and allowing more oxygen in as you breathe.

Before using salbutamol for inhalation make sure your doctor or pharmacist knows:

If you are pregnant, trying for a baby or breast-feeding.
If you have hyperthyroidism (an over active thyroid gland).
If you have heart problems including an irregular heartbeat.
If you have high blood pressure.
If you have diabetes.
If you are taking other medicines, including those available to buy without a prescription, herbal and complementary medicines.
If you have ever had an allergic reaction to this or any other medicine.

2. What Are the Main Types of Steroids and Anti-Inflammatory Drugs for Asthma? The main types of anti-inflammatory drugs for better asthma control are steroids or corticosteroids. Other anti-inflammatory treatments include mast cell stabilizers, leukotriene modifiers, and immunomodulators.

What Are the Side Effects of Inhaled Steroids? Inhaled steroids have few side effects, especially at lower doses. If you are taking higher doses, thrush (a yeast infection in the mouth) and hoarseness may occur, although this is rare. Rinsing the mouth, gargling after using the asthma inhaler and using a spacer device with metered dose inhalers will help prevent these side effects. Thrush is easily treated with an antifungal mouthwash.

PS. Spacer-Chamber or “Spacers squeeze the medicine into a tube and then you use the tube to breathe in the dose,” says Honsinger. “It has a one-way valve so you have to breathe in to get the medicine out, and it helps get the medicine into your lungs instead of onto the back of your mouth.”

I am not a physician, but a long-time asthma patient who has been taking Bexitrol-F (Salmeterol Xinafoate and Fluticasone Propionate – steroid) for the last couple of months now and got much improvement over the Rescue Inhalers like Salbutamol Bronchodilator that saves you from situation when reversible airway diseases (wheezing and shortness of breath) attacks sudenly.

Hope above helps.

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