Albuterol Inhaler Dosage
If you are treating an asthma attack with an albuterol inhaler, dosing usually starts at one or two sprays. For preventing exercise-induced asthma, the recommended dose is two sprays 15 to 30 minutes before exercising. If your regular albuterol inhaler dosage does not adequately control asthma symptoms, ask your healthcare provider about adding another asthma medication.
The dose of an albuterol inhaler that your healthcare provider recommends will vary depending on a number of factors, including:
- Whether you use your albuterol inhaler to treat or prevent asthma attacks
- The severity of your asthma or other respiratory problems
- Other medications you may be taking.
As is always the case, do not adjust your albuterol inhaler dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
Albuterol Inhaler Dosing for Asthma
To treat or prevent an asthma attack, the recommended albuterol inhaler dose is two sprays or as needed (as frequently as every four to six hours). For some people, only one spray will be needed to control asthma symptoms. If you need to use your inhaler more often than prescribed, talk to your healthcare provider about adding an additional asthma medication.
If your albuterol inhaler does not adequately control an asthma attack, seek medical attention immediately, as this may be an emergency.
Albuterol Inhaler Dosing for Exercise-Induced Asthma
For preventing exercise-induced asthma, the recommended dose is two sprays 15 to 30 minutes before exercising, depending on the specific type of inhaler.
Some considerations for people using an albuterol inhaler include:
- Some people use their albuterol inhaler only when they need it (during an asthma attack), while others use it regularly to help prevent attacks.
- You should "test spray" each albuterol inhaler before your first use, or if you have not used it for a long period of time. To test spray the inhaler, spray it into the air by pressing on the top of the canister.
- Shake your albuterol asthma inhaler gently before each use.
- Wait at least one minute in between inhalations.
- It is important to learn exactly how to use your albuterol inhaler. It may be difficult at first and may require practice.
- The spray should be inhaled into the lungs, not sprayed into the back of the throat and swallowed. To accomplish this, you will need to breathe in while spraying the inhaler.
- Most people put the mouthpiece of the inhaler directly into their mouths. However, many healthcare professionals now recommend placing the inhaler an inch or two away from the mouth. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way for you to use your inhaler.
- Each inhaler contains 200 sprays. Try to keep track of approximately how many sprays you have used in order to know when to replace the inhaler. Do not place the inhaler in water to see if it is empty (although it was recommended to do so in the past). One inhaler (Ventolin HFA) has a counter that automatically keeps track of how many sprays are used.
- Be sure that you always have an albuterol inhaler on hand (and that your albuterol inhaler prescription has refills), as failing to treat an asthma attack can quickly turn into a medical emergency.
- If you are unsure about anything related to your albuterol inhaler or your albuterol inhaler dosage, please talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.