using a spacer with your inhalers

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   Posted 5/25/2012 4:41 PM (GMT -6)   
I use 2 inhalers, a long term symbicort which I don't use with a spacer and my albuterol rescue inhaler that I use with a spacer. I had been given the spacer to use when I was in the ER awhile ago. Now I seem to always use the spacer with the albuterol because I was told it would get the spray directly into the back of my throat and into my lungs better. Now I am beginning to wonder if that is true. I have bronchitis right now that triggered a bad asthma attack. I have been using my albuterol, 2 puffs every 4 hours but I am finding it is not lasting the full 4 hours. I use the symbicort, 2 puffs AM and 2 puffs PM. Can anyone tell me if they use a spacer and if it helps them? I was told without the spacer that most of the spray would stick in my throat and not get as far into my lungs as needed. I have also found that when I don't use the spacer that the albuterol makes my voice very hoarse. I am also taking predisone for a week and yesterday it helped alot and today I am having more breathing problems even though I have taken 40 mg of prednisone. Can anyone please tell me what their experience is with using inhalers and spacers? I would appreciate a reply as soon as you can as I am worried about my breathing. I have already been to the ER 2 days ago and I have a clear chest x ray and normal EKG. I also am on an antibiotic for the bronchitis. The albuterol I use is a Ventolin that has the numbers on back that count down. It also doesn't expire for about another 10 months. Thanks for any help you can give me.

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   Posted 5/25/2012 5:09 PM (GMT -6)   
When I have bronchitis (like right now) with my asthma my doctor has me do the following with my meds:
8 am-ventolin (2 puffs)
10 am- nebulizer
12 pm-ventolin (2 puffs)
2 pm-nebulizer
4 pm- ventolin (2 puffs)
6 pm nebulizer
8pm -ventolin (2 puffs)
10 pm nebulizer

I usually only need to do this method for the first two to three days while waiting for the steroids, decongestants, and antibiotics to kick in.
Make sure to discuss any treatments with your doctor. This works for me, but may not work for you.

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   Posted 5/26/2012 2:22 PM (GMT -6)   
My doctor doesn't let me use a spacer, but I do know doctors make children use them because they don't know how to breathe in the medicine proper.

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   Posted 5/26/2012 4:30 PM (GMT -6)   
When I first got the "new" type inhaler a while back, the istructions specifically said NOT to use a spacer. I had used one with the old type inhaler, but found the propellant in the new inhaler stuck to the spacer so figured I was getting less medication. I don't use a spacer with the new one.
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