My inhaler is expired but I really need it right now?

I'm 17 and I've had asthma as long as I can remember. I haven't had an attack in about 2 years but two days ago I developed a cough/runny nose and now I'm having a mild asthma attack. I'm afraid it's going to get really bad if I go to sleep. There aren't any 24hr clinics anywhere near me and I have this old ventolin hfa salbutamol sulfate 100mcg inhaler that has a 2012 expiry date on it. I've tried looking up ways to alleviate my symptoms without an inhaler but it hasn't helped. It's been hours and my symptoms haven't gotten any better but I can't go to the emergency room. I know I should have had my prescription filled as soon as it expires but I didn't really expect this to happen in the summer. What do I do?


Got a new inhaler.

3 Answers

  • 6 years ago
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    I have exercised induced asthma and mine is bad and I have used expired inhalers before but they haven't worked nearly as well as up to date ones. I'd go to doctor to get one ASAP and not take the chance!

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  • 6 years ago

    Why on earth do you allow inhalers to run out?

    Most GP's prescribe them in pairs so when one run out, you should be ordering again as you start to use the second one.

    You could contact your surgery, a nurse could arrange a script for an inhaler for you.

    If you need it that urgently, why ask a question on this site that does not offer an immediate response?

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  • Anonymous
    6 years ago

    don't take risk just change it and buy new one

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