QUESTION: What if I use more than one inhaler? Which one should I use first?

Kelley-Ross Pharmacy GroupAsk The PharmacistQUESTION: What if I use more than one inhaler? Which one should I use first?


If you use more than one inhaler on a regular basis, it is important to use these inhalers in the proper order. This will maximize the effectiveness of your inhalers.

  • One inhaler relaxes and opens the airways in your lungs. This is your bronchodilator.
  • Another inhaler decreases swelling in the airway of your lungs. This is your steroid inhaler.

Always use the inhaler that opens the airways of your lungs first (bronchodilator).

After using the steroid inhaler, rinse your mouth with water and expectorate. Do not swallow.

It is also important to remain compliant with your inhaler use. Make sure you always have enough medication in your inhalers. Be sure to order a new inhaler before your inhaler runs out. Many of today’s inhalers have dose counters to help you keep track.

It is not recommended to float the canister portion of your inhaler in water (the “float” test) to see if it is empty. This method doesn’t work and may damage your inhaler.

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