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How soon?

When you have a flare up how long do you wait before you use your rescue inhaler? In the first 15 to 20 minutes or do you wait to see if the symptoms go away on their own?


  1. Hi Eric, and thanks for your post. Although we cannot provide medical advice over the internet (for your own safety), your concern certainly warrants a response.
    In the most general of terms, many physicians advise patients to use their rescue inhaler at the onset of an exacerbation.
    This may apply in your case, it may not.
    This is definitely an issue you will want to discuss with your prescribing physician. The doctor will be able to guide you what is the best course of treatment in your particular situation.
    Since your post is from about 11 hours ago, I was wondering how you are feeling now?
    Please do let us hear back from you when you are able to and have the time,
    All the best,
    Leon (site moderator asthma.net)

    1. Great question. I would second what said about using your rescue inhaler as soon as you experience asthma symptoms. And if you continue to be unsure as to when you should use your rescue inhaler, it is always a good idea to touch base with your physician. Hope you are doing well. John. asthma.net community moderator.

      1. doing well just a general question. I will ask my doctor for sure. Thanks again!


        1. Hi again, Eric, and thanks for your response to both my colleague, , and me.
          Glad to hear you plan on checking in with your doctor. I'm also glad to hear you're doing well!
          Please do check back and let us know how you are doing moving forward.
          Wishing you well,
          Leon (site moderator asthma.net)

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