is there a reason why most docs prescribe 2 puffs at once instead of 1? I'm trying to gradually bring down my dosage since I'm feeling better. However, I'm wondering if the first puff is to open the bronchi a little from the congestion and it's the second puff that really does the big job of getting deep inside the lungs and providing the day's relief
When I was first dx'd I was on 2 puffs of flovent twice a day. I am not on one per day. We got me under control and stable for 6 months and then slowly dropped a puff till I got down to one per day. It works fine for me.
With my albuterol rescue inhaler, I've tried to go to 1 puff before jogging but it just doesn't work. I have to do 2. But usually if I have chest tightness and have to use it, one puff does fine.
This is something you should talk with your pulmo about adjusting.
I usually only run 2-3 miles so it lasts that long - last 5K was 38 minutes. Doc said 2 hours and then I could use again for cardio if needed but haven't done anything of that duration. And I haven't used a spacer in years...just don't need it.
Great - thanks both of you. Another question - on some inhalers, I read that once you press the top to release the gas in and inhale, you should continue pressing the top of the inhaler. I don't see a point with that since the gas is released the instant you press it. Agree?
I know this is a bit old... but I have mild asthma and I usually only need one puff to do the job. If my lungs are a bit more closed up, I'll need two - the first one opens my airway enough that the second can get in there and do its job. I just got a spacer for my ventolin inhaler because it's harder for me to use it properly when I'm sick (which is when I need it the most) and I love it already. It makes it SO much easier to use.
I'm like you less is better if it works. I''ve used 1 and it's fine, but I'm a mild case I think .Just Diagnoised. Not sure weather the spacers do any good I've heard they do. My Dr. says no need. And I think the Xoponex is better for me cause the Abuterol drops my blood pressure.