what can happen if i stop taking my inhalers, long term.
13 Sep 2012
Hello vaughan62. I have COPD. I take Spiriva and my inhaler is Combivent. My inhaler is my lifeline. When a attack comes on, meaning inability to breathe, without my inhaler, I feel as if I am going to either have a heart attack, or pass out. Long term results off not using the inhalers will be the worsening of your asthma and COPD. Regards pledge
13 Sep 2012
I totally agree with the previous answers & don't understand why you would want to stop using your inhalers. I have asthma brought on by allergies, & can't use inhalers because of an allergic reaction to an ingredient in them, but anyone with asthma & COPD should never quit using what is their lifeline of first defense. What do you plan on doing when you can't breathe? What is your reason for wanting to just stop using them? If you feel they do not help you, this is a question for your doctor, but please do not just stop without other medications on board...
13 Sep 2012
Plain and simple answer-you could die! Your breathing should be better by taking your inhalers consistantly. If you stop them your breathing will worsen. If you have an acute asthma attack, and you dont have your rescue inhaler, you waste precious time while your airways continue to swell and inflame further cutting off your breathing. Once people get to a certain point, it gets harder to reverse this process and you can die or at the very least have damage to the brain from hypoxia (not enough oxygen) even with a Drs intervention. It is beyond foolish to consider ditching your inhalers!!
24 Jan 2013
not a good idea to do that because you can die if you do that and besides, why would u want to? do u have a reaction to the medication? or do the meds just dont work anymore and uve tried everything that u can think of?there are alot of meds out there if one kind of medication doesnt work for you, ask ur doc to switch u to a different one... hope that this answers ur question... sorry if i started to rant on and on... :(
24 Jan 2013
I have asthma but it is under control. I still use my Advair 250 one inhalation per day. Supposed to be 2 inhalation once a day but the doctor knows about it and said that is fine for me. When I get a cold I take another inhalation at night. If it is in your system it works better when you need to up it. If you stop and have to start your system with it, it could take a few days to work. Unless you have to take ventolin.
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