Pay Attention to Expiration Dates

September 8, 2010

Instruct patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma to discard their rescue albuterol inhalers 2 to 3 months after opening.

Instruct patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma to discard their rescue albuterol inhalers 2 to 3 months after opening; after this time, the inhaler will lose its effectiveness and might not work well. This information can be found on packaging inserts, but it is often overlooked.

-- Sunil Dacha, MD Chicago

FOR MORE INFORMATION:
? Albuterol Inhalation: MedlinePlus Drug Information. http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/druginfo/meds/a682145.html. Accessed August 16, 2010.

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