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Can I Take Extra Puffs of My Quick Relief Inhaler?

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Sometimes I use my rescue inhaler, but still have symptoms. Can I take more puffs of my inhaler if my symptoms are getting better but still not great?

Yes, the typical recommendation would be if your asthma symptoms have not responded to the typical two-puff dosing with your asthma rescue or quick-relief inhaler, you can repeat this dosing, two puffs, within 15-30 minutes. In some cases, your healthcare provider will write on your asthma action plan that you can use up to four puffs of your asthma reliever inhaler.

If your symptoms are still not improving, contact your doctor. They'll provide you with advice on how to proceed with further treatment and whether to seek medical attention in a clinic, urgent care, or emergency room.

Follow your asthma action plan. If your symptoms are not improving, seek help. If you don’t have an action plan, download it and ask your doctor to fill it out.

Asthma, Medicines, Treatment
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John M. James, MD, is a board-certified allergist. He is also President of Food Allergy Consulting and Education Services, LLC. He has worked as a medical specialist in the field of allergy, asthma, and immunology for over 30 years. Dr. James received his bachelor’s degree from the University of Arkansas and his Doctor of Medicine degree from the University of Tennessee. He is board certified by the American Board of Allergy and Immunology.

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