Thanks Lynn for your reply. What I am interested in is how many times a day is it safe to use albuterol a day.I read a post where the person used it 6-8 times a day 2 puffs. My dr. perscribed me 4 x a day 2 puffs. This does not always hold me. I am wondering if it is safe to use the albuterol more than 8 puffs a day.
Post Edited (Chartreux) : 10/25/2008 10:21:15 PM (GMT-6)
Thanks for your replies Lyn and Chartreaux. I do use the albuterol 4 X a day but by the time the last hour comes up I am gasping for breath and didn't know if it was safe to take an extra puff. I do have a whole list of questions for the pulmonologist so I am set with that. I just was feeling scared as it is the weekend and both my sons are out of town so was feeling alone and wondering what to do if I had a serious problem, but then if it was so bad I would have called the paramedics. I guess my problem is that this breathing situation has been going on like this for 4 months and I just don't know how safe it is to be using inhalers every day for so many times. I think I am really afraid of dying from not being able to breathe. And my life is on hold. I can get to the grocery store after I use the inhaler and do a few errands but basically I am stuck at home. And I need to get better so I can find some kind of a job or I will be out on the street. And being upset as you know makes the breathing worse so I have a hard time keeping calm. I just try to concentrate on something. I am hoping this new dr. will be able to get to the cause of my problem cause the other dr. was just a jerk and said I didn't have anything wrong with me. Makes you feel real good to go to a dr. and told your nuts. Like I had the time and money to go see him for fun. Will post after Wed when I see the new dr. Keep your fingers crossed for me that we finally find the cause. Thanks again.
Hi Lynn, I will ask the pulmonologist if different meds will work better for me. I have a xopenex inhaler which is a rescue inhaler and supposed to be so great but it only keeps me clear for about 2 hrs. I also use an azmacort for my long acting steroid inhaler but maybe that is the one that needs to be changed. Anyway thanks for your help and I will keep you informed.
I saw your post and of course I had to add my comment which will blend in with the others. Only take your own medications the exact way as your physician prescribed them. If you get into trouble call the physician on call or go to the ER.
I took care of a 16 years old asthmatic that used her inhalers as prescribed and they did not work so she used her friends and went into repiratory arrest. She was at school when she collasped. No she did not make it.
So yes some people are on different meds and different doses but you really need to stay in close contact with your physician.
In no way am I trying to scare you, just a personal experience I witnessed first hand. I would jot down some of the questions you have about the info shared here to see what your physician think would work for you.
Kitt, Co-Moderator: Anxiety/Panic & Depression& GERD Forums*~*
Hi Kitt and Allura, thanks for your replies. I would never use anyone else's meds under any conditions. I stick to the meds prescribed by my dr. I was just curious if an extra puff was safe in between if the breathing got bad but will ask the pulmonologist about it tomorrow. I think I may be improving slightly. Don't know if it's the air purifiier or the colder weather. And I have typed up a whole list of questions to ask the dr. I truly appreciate your help and will keep you posted on what he says and if I am to get new meds. I was told that this new dr. is really great so am hoping for answers. Thanks again for being so understanding.