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By, pat Bass, MD, reviewed by a board-certified physician, updated September 12, 2017. With the high cost of prescription inhalers, you may wonder whether over-the-counter asthma inhaler medications are available in care the United States. Asthmanefrin (racepinephrine) is a currently available nonprescription OTC inhaler medication.
These types of asthma medications are designed for the temporary relief of asthma symptoms such as shortness of breath, chest tightness, and wheezing. . Before you decide to use an OTC asthma inhaler, see why it may or may not be a good choice. Should You Use an OTC Asthma Inhaler?
How sure are you that your symptoms are asthma? Many patients report using over-the-counter products before getting a diagnosis, despite OTC asthma inhalers not being labeled for this purpose.
Classic asthma leads to the following symptoms: However, these symptoms can be part of other serious diseases as well.
An OTC asthma inhaler may provide symptom relief and mask some more serious conditions such as heart disease or, cOPD. If you are not sure about your symptoms, make sure you get checked out by a healthcare professional.
Additionally, OTC asthma inhalers state in their packaging they are only to be used for temporary relief and the most recently approved OTC asthma med clearly states that you should be diagnosed by a physician with asthma before using.
Asthma is not a minor condition. You may be at risk for a fatal asthma attack.
If you have saint poorly controlled symptoms, an OTC asthma inhaler is probably not for you.