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July 11, 2013 4:31 AM
Hello to all my fellow wheezy runners.

For those of you who use a reliever inhaler for exercise induced asthma, rather than a preventer, how do you fit using it into your run? Can I use it before I start or do I need to wait until I start getting symptoms?

I start wheezing about 15 minutes into a hard-ish run, and would have to slow down and catch my breath before I could actually use my inhaler properly.

Am I reading too much into the "reliever" part and I don't actually have to wait until I sound like a 40-a-day smoker?
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July 11, 2013 4:40 AM
I use mine before I change into my workout clothes so that it is already working when I take off. My Dr told me that my specific inhaler takes about 15 min to get things completely open. So that's what I do. You might want to ask the dr or pharmacy how long it takes to work. Is it an emergency inhaler like it takes 2 min or a little slower like mine?
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July 11, 2013 5:10 AM
Thanks! I checked it out and it can be used in advance and remains effective for 2-4 hours. More than enough for my run! And yes, it takes a couple of minutes to work.
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July 11, 2013 5:34 AM
I have a reliever as well and use it before I leave the house. So about 10 minutes before I start running as recommended by my doctor. It also helps if rather than going faster, I slow down a bit and go for a longer run instead.
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July 11, 2013 7:26 AM
QUOTE:

I use mine before I change into my workout clothes so that it is already working when I take off. My Dr told me that my specific inhaler takes about 15 min to get things completely open. So that's what I do. You might want to ask the dr or pharmacy how long it takes to work. Is it an emergency inhaler like it takes 2 min or a little slower like mine?


I do this too, two puffs of my blue inhaler whilst changing on doctor's orders. Otherwise I'm a wheezy mess too!
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July 11, 2013 7:30 AM
I don't have asthma anymore but when I did, I used to take it before I went running and then keep it with me (if possible)
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July 11, 2013 7:33 AM
I take my albuteral (2 puffs) and cortisol (1 of 160) 1/2 hour before I go per Dr orders.. and trial and error.

I thought surely I wouldn't have to take it before, so I took it with me and used it once I started wheezing and huffing and puffing... no good!!

Definitely do it before!! Great job!! I LOVE running and was so worried that my asthma would stop me. It's not!
July 11, 2013 7:46 AM
Before - absolutely before!! :o)
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July 11, 2013 10:11 AM
Interesting. I have a rescue, albuterol inhaler and use it during a run, not before. I've found that my asthma is usually only a problem exercise-wise if I'm running outside, as opposed to running indoors or walking outside. (I still have indoor allergy-induced problems, but I assume that's unrelated.) Does anyone else have this exclusively outdoor running problem and had success with the preventative use of a rescue inhaler?
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July 11, 2013 10:22 AM
QUOTE:

Interesting. I have a rescue, albuterol inhaler and use it during a run, not before. I've found that my asthma is usually only a problem exercise-wise if I'm running outside, as opposed to running indoors or walking outside. (I still have indoor allergy-induced problems, but I assume that's unrelated.) Does anyone else have this exclusively outdoor running problem and had success with the preventative use of a rescue inhaler?


I only get wheezy if I run outside and it is really cold. In that case I use my inhaler beforehand. If I forget to use it beforehand or just don't think I need it, it still works well when the wheeziness kicks in.
July 12, 2013 11:35 AM
Maybe I'll try using it before. Thanks!
  37357735
July 12, 2013 11:52 AM
QUOTE:

Hello to all my fellow wheezy runners.

For those of you who use a reliever inhaler for exercise induced asthma, rather than a preventer, how do you fit using it into your run? Can I use it before I start or do I need to wait until I start getting symptoms?

I start wheezing about 15 minutes into a hard-ish run, and would have to slow down and catch my breath before I could actually use my inhaler properly.

Am I reading too much into the "reliever" part and I don't actually have to wait until I sound like a 40-a-day smoker?


Search this forum for the last time this topic was covered, a lot of good info there. I know, I put a lot of it there. ;)

Best of luck.
July 12, 2013 11:56 AM
agree with the peeps above.. i use mine before i head out :)
July 12, 2013 12:11 PM
I use it before exercise too. A long slow warm up also helps me. I usually only have this problem when exercising in cold weather.
July 13, 2013 4:52 PM
QUOTE:

Interesting. I have a rescue, albuterol inhaler and use it during a run, not before. I've found that my asthma is usually only a problem exercise-wise if I'm running outside, as opposed to running indoors or walking outside. (I still have indoor allergy-induced problems, but I assume that's unrelated.) Does anyone else have this exclusively outdoor running problem and had success with the preventative use of a rescue inhaler?


I am exclusively screwed if I run outside! I can do 8-12km on a treadmill but not even 4km outside and no luck with prevention or rescue inhalers
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