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emergency inhalers

Hi everyone

Hope you dont mind but may i ask has for a reason how much of the blue top ventolin or other has and when inhaler will last you.

I mean just the emergency inhaller, how many puffs do you have to have a day or how long do a bottle last you with this COPD.



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Ventolin as 200 metered doses.

At four times two puffs daily will last twenty five days.

The daily dosage will be set by your GP and written on box.


Sorry dont think i made myself clear, i just really wonderd and was interested to see how much emergency has and when inhallers do other people use in say a week or a month and how many puffs do you others sometimes take in a day.

At the moment i seem to only need a puff in the mornings and that is only sometimes if wheezy or a little short of breath



Everyone is different music so it doesn't really matter that much. By emergency do you mean the blue ventolin reliever? I use just less than 1 a month. I also use symbicort as a preventer around 2 puffs a day at 400 level. Because this also has a reliever in it I have been told by my nurse to double it up if I am extra breathless rather than use the blue ventolin more.

I hope this answers your question. x

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A little like asking "how long is a piece of string", everyone is different. I can only tell you about my own experience.

To start with it was the only inhaler I was given by the hospital, it was essentially my lifeline at the time. Each time I coughed it caused "plugging" which left me gasping for air, Ventolin opened up the airways allowing the mucus plug to move so I used it a lot. 1 puffer in 2 weeks.

I was then given an additional red puffer, Fostair, by the GP and after seeing the chest consultant given an additional third puffer, Spiriva , both of these "preventer inhalers" started to work their magic after a couple of months and with my lungs clear of mucus "and the gunk from when I used to smoke" found that I needed it less and less. Finding out about "Pursed Lip Breathing" and learning to do it also helped a lot, more so when I learnt how to recover from being short of breath using the technique.

I now avoid it like the plague since realising that it is Ventolin causing the night cramps that I have been suffering. I have used it a few times more recently with the colder weather, caught SOB outdoors in the rain. Add in the fact that I am also about to finish my Pulmonary Rehabilitation classes. At this rate one Ventolin puffer is going to last me 3, maybe 4, months.

So that is my length string ;)


Hi 2greys

Sounds a bit like me i sometimes use just one bottle of blue ventolin inhaller that can last me 2 months or more and if wheezy in the mornings once i stand up and walk about and doing some breathing exercise it clears up.

When i was first diagnosed with COPD 4 years ago i was given seratide 500 by my gp but after a year i ask him if i could try see how i get on without useing seretide inhaler has was getting bad husky voise and cramps.

That was 3 years ago and still just on the blue top has and when needed inhaller but i think the not smoking and exercise really helped me.

its so strange how everyones lungs is differant with this COPD

best wishes



I only use my Ventolin when my chest feels really tight....I try the pursed lip breathing first and try to calm and slow my breathing, sometimes I only need a few puffs a month.

But I do use my preventer regularly....mine is Clenil a steroid only one as this suits me best.

I have two ventolins , one in my bag and one at home.....the last one went out of date before I used it all. I always keep my Ventolin inhaler near me though.

But as coughalot and 2 greys say, we are all different....some people need more .


My medication is exactly the same as 2greys (above) and condition the same too, including night-cramps. I once asked my doctor the same question as you ask music, he looked vague and said it was "well-tolerated" and 8 puffs a day was average. When you have yearly spirometry you are given a massive inhalation so I think "How long is a piece of string" a pretty good guideline. I take it when needed, which could be 3 times a day or once in a week.


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