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Inhaler use question?

I have been debating whether one puff is sufficient or is it better to just take the 2 puffs as prescribed? I have taken 1 puff every 2 hours before which is a variation on my prescribed 2 puffs every 4 to 6 hours as needed. Anyone else do this? Whats your experience? Thanks!


  1. Hi Eric, and thanks for your post. You have posed an excellent question!! This question has been brought up fairly consistently over the years from many patients who I have provided care to.
    For any number of reasons, folks, in general, wonder about medication dosing compliance! The correct answer is yes. Medication (whether by mouth, injection, metered dose inhalers (MDI's), and aerosol treatments), should be taken as prescribed.

    There are valid reasons for staying compliant with one's schedule (time-wise), and dosages.
    For those of us who have questions about this (specifically) for themselves, it is best to direct this type of concern to the doctor who is providing one's care. The physician will be able to explain the pharmaceutical rationale behind what has been prescribed.
    I am hopeful others in the community will chime in with their own personal anecdotal experiences that address your inquiry.
    What do you think, Eric?
    Leon (site moderator asthma.net)

    1. thank you I always appreciate your speediness with answering my post! Yes I will definitely direct the question towards my doctor as well. I thought maybe there was a reason that it's a good idea to do one puff every 2 hours. I have noticed that doesn't work the best sometimes. Thank you again truly appreciate it!


    2. Hi again, Eric, and thanks for your response and further explanation. Many of us try to stay connected here online throughout the day just so we can be prompt with our answers, when possible.
      For many, the 2 puffs every 4-6 hours is the recommended dose. It mostly considered to be the dosage that is most efficacious for many patients. When it is, the rescue inhaler should hold most patients stable until the next dose is due, 4-6 hours later, depending on the prescription.
      There is certainly no harm to conversing with the doctor about your thoughts. In fact, the doctor may very well welcome the discussion.
      Wishing you well,
      Leon (site moderator asthma.net)

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