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Can I use this inhaler just a bit more than prescribed?

I went to the doctors, I had bronchitis for roughly a month (I procrastinated with hoping it would resolve itself).

He gave me antiobitocs, mucinex, allergy meds (As a precaution, he thought it may have been caused by this but I doubt it, never had an allergy in my life), cough syrup and an inhaler.

Now this inhaler is a Qvar,40 mcg of beclomethasone. It says take it twice a day. This was prescribed for what I assume to be my shortness of breathe that I was having very very often.

I start to experience shortness of breathe about every 4-5 hours after a puff of it.

Would it be ok to take a puff every 4-5 hours? Or will that be detrimental to my lungs?  I would be doing roughly 4-5 puffs per day.

Thank you guys
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This is why you have a doctor,  We're just rank amateurs on this type of medicine.
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Hello and hope you are doing well.

Qvar, is a steroid inhaler and should be taken twice a day. It is given to prevent episodes of bronchospasm. If you are continuing to have breathlessness, then you may need additional inhalers like ventolin, which contains salbutamol, which is short acting and helps relieve bronchospasm. It would be best to consult your doctor regarding persisting symptoms, he may prescribe additional inhalers or he may change the dose  of the steroid inhaler.

Hope this helped and do keep us posted.
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