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    Those of you with asthma

    How long does it take for your pump to wear off after you have taken it?

    i have every day symptoms of wheezing when breathing out and when i take the pump they disappear but after around 4-5 hours they come back!

    i am on a 100 micrograms ventolin pump.

    I was just wondering thats all!

    18 Comments

    Original Poster

    ive only just been told i have asthma, around a week ago.

    They reckon I have exercise induced asthma, as after football my chest gets very tight and i cough a lot. I take the pump and it helps a lot.
    I just wheeze a lot, it doesnt affect my daily life though.

    You really need your case reviewing, i was told by my GP that I shouldnt be needing the inhaler more than once every few weeks, I have to attend a review clinic every three months,

    Original Poster

    the asthma clinic said that if i start using the pump every day they will need to review it.

    my 5 year old son has asthma, most days he doesn't need his puffer at all but on the days he does need it he needs to keep taking it every 2/3 hours and that can go on for 2 or 3 days at a time, then be fine and not need it again?

    Original Poster

    i suppose I am quite similar to that, when we had our heatwave last week my chest was great. didnt need my pump at all.
    I guess because i have just found out I have asthma they are still working out what treatment to give me. but she did say i dont need a preventer yet

    You need to have a brown inhaler,it's the preventer and if you take that,it's supposed to reduce the need to use the blue salbutamol one.
    I've not got asthma but my partner has,and my daughter as it mildly at times,she can go 6 mths without using the inhaler so only as the blue Salbutamol one,say if she got a cough or cold,asthma could start.
    My partner takes Seretide 100 Accuhaler,it's like a round device which you crack the tablet by pushing the switch and inhale in,I think he's taking this now instead of the brown preventer inhalers as I've not seen them in the house for years now.

    Also as you sound like you taking it a lot,you should be attending asthma clinic,they will review your meds,check your peak flow etc,ideally go once/twice a yr. Our GP surgery runs an asthma clinic by the nurse there,I take my daughter about once a yr,she also gets weighed and height taken there at same time,so handy.

    Original Poster

    maybe i do need to get a preventer but to be honest the wheezing is not to bad just a little annoying, i only really need the pump after exercise and when the wheexing gets bad.

    brettytopbanana;5721670

    i suppose I am quite similar to that, when we had our heatwave last week … i suppose I am quite similar to that, when we had our heatwave last week my chest was great. didnt need my pump at all.I guess because i have just found out I have asthma they are still working out what treatment to give me. but she did say i dont need a preventer yet



    you need to use your inhaler, before any sports or exercise as well as when you feel your chest beginning to tighten...

    It does sound as if you need a preventer also, but if you're just newly diagnosed you may have to explain to them that the ventolin inhaler isnt giving you enough relief.

    Original Poster

    i attended the asthma clinic last week for the first time and they also weighed me and measured me.
    she said at the moment a preventer is not needed due to me only needing to really use the pump after sport. The thing is i train everyday so i do take it every day.

    Original Poster

    clarity when my chest is tight etc etc the pump gives me great relief.

    Original Poster

    when she said i didnt need a preventer i did wonder why not, maybe i should have said something but i dont know enough about it. Surely every asthmatic should have one, I wouldnt class myself as having bad asthma though.

    You need go back to clinic,if you needing the blue one daily,then you going need some preventer inhaler or accuhaler device.

    brettytopbanana;5721746

    clarity when my chest is tight etc etc the pump gives me great relief.



    it's good its working... have you tried taking it BEFORE you start exercising, rather than after?

    Original Poster

    im doing exactly what the nurse has told me to be honest and as i said when the chest gets tight the ventolin is great.

    Original Poster

    ClarityofMind;5721770

    it's good its working... have you tried taking it BEFORE you start … it's good its working... have you tried taking it BEFORE you start exercising, rather than after?



    I always take it around 15-20 minutes before exercise as told by the asthma clinic.

    brettytopbanana;5721787

    I always take it around 15-20 minutes before exercise as told by the … I always take it around 15-20 minutes before exercise as told by the asthma clinic.



    ah, good.

    sounds like you are doing everything you're meant to hon...

    just be aware that you are having to use it quite a lot at the moment..

    I would think that they will consider a preventer also once you're settled on the ventolin.

    Original Poster

    there is no pattern as to how often i use it.
    I used it today before training and i used it yesterday and as i said about the heatwave my chest was great then!

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