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Old 03-05-2009, 05:16 PM   #1
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How long are inhalers good for?

How long are inhalers good for?

 
Old 03-06-2009, 04:14 AM   #2
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Re: How long are inhalers good for?

Do you mean do they have an expiration date or how long between puffs? And which kind of inhaler - daily preventer such as Flovent, Advair, etc or rescue inhaler like albuteral?

 
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Re: How long are inhalers good for?

I interpreted this one as expiration date, but . . .

To answer both of what Titchou's asked for clarification about:

Expiration date: This will be found either on the original packaging of the inhaler, or (more likely) on the canister of medicine itself.

My rescue inhaler (salbutamol/albuterol in the states) is labelled as good for nine months, which it says on the canister. I can't recall the expiration period on FloVent right now.

How long its effects will last: depends what you're on.
FloVent has no immediate effects, and can take 2-6 weeks to begin working. The long-acting bronchodilator in Advair will peak in 15-20 minutes and last for about 12 hours (Advair also contains fluticasone, which is in FloVent.)

The effects of albutamol (albuterol, Ventolin) will last 2-4 hours, I think Xopenex lasts a bit longer, 4-6 hours.

If you have any questions about your meds, your pharmacist is a good person to turn to as well .
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