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Can Advair And Ventolin HFA Be Taken Together?

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Posted on Thu, 20 Oct 2016
Question: is it safe to take Advair and Ventolin HFA at the same time? is one a rescue inhaler and the other a maintenance inhaler?
my mother of 86 years gets short of breathe and takes the ventolin which lays her out for two to three hours before she feels better again.
should an inhaler have that effect?
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Answered by Dr. Robert Galamaga (7 minutes later)
Brief Answer:
Consideration

Detailed Answer:
hello, thank you for sending the question.

It is actually safe to use the Ventolin inhaler along with Advair depending on how you're managing asthma. As you might know the Ventolin inhaler is used for periods of shortness of breath. This inhaler tends to work really quickly within 15 to 20 minutes to help alleviate tightness of the chest.

Advair on the other hand is more of a maintenance medication. Patient will take one puff twice per day and this may help to decrease the frequency with which the Ventolin needs to be used.

I would suggest that you consider having her try using the Advair on a regular daily basis and use the Ventolin only if she has significant issues with breathing. As with any medication she should also discuss this with her primary care physician for definite instructions.

thank you very much for submitting a question.

Sincerely,

Dr. Galamaga
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Nagamani Ng
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Follow up: Dr. Robert Galamaga (28 minutes later)
is it typical for breathing issue or side effects last for a couple hours if the Ventolin is effective in 15 or so minutes?
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Answered by Dr. Robert Galamaga (7 hours later)
Brief Answer:
Followup

Detailed Answer:
This is not typical. If it continues then it should definitely be evaluated by her physician.

Dr Galamaga
Above answer was peer-reviewed by : Dr. Yogesh D
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Can Advair And Ventolin HFA Be Taken Together?

Brief Answer: Consideration Detailed Answer: hello, thank you for sending the question. It is actually safe to use the Ventolin inhaler along with Advair depending on how you're managing asthma. As you might know the Ventolin inhaler is used for periods of shortness of breath. This inhaler tends to work really quickly within 15 to 20 minutes to help alleviate tightness of the chest. Advair on the other hand is more of a maintenance medication. Patient will take one puff twice per day and this may help to decrease the frequency with which the Ventolin needs to be used. I would suggest that you consider having her try using the Advair on a regular daily basis and use the Ventolin only if she has significant issues with breathing. As with any medication she should also discuss this with her primary care physician for definite instructions. thank you very much for submitting a question. Sincerely, Dr. Galamaga