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.