How much time do you spend each day taking asthma meds?

I've been slacking on my nebbed meds and wasn't noticing a difference. I was using the inhaler version in the morning, but skipping at night sometimes. The reason for skipping was mainly about the amount of time. BUT I've realized that I don't notice a difference unless I try to exercise! So back to nebs! 

Anyway I've been thinking about how much time each day I spend taking meds…


Oral and nasal spray – 2-5 min

Inhalers – 10 min – because of the wait time between puffs and between different meds. 

Neb – 15-20 min


Oral and nasal spray – 2-5 min

Neb – 15-20 min

Inhalers – 5 min

That's about an hour a day – just taking meds! If I pretreat to exercise, that probably another 15 min because I have several inhalers plus reflux meds.

How much time each day do you spend taking meds ?


Comments 13

  • LK

    Good question!  Some of mine is very similar to yours.  


    Acid reflux pill – 2 min  (taken when I first get up)  Two minutes may seem like a long time to take one pill, but considering there was a time when I wouldn't swallow any pill this is an improvement!  

    Neb – 10-15 min (usually needed when I first get up, too) plus the time for my heart to stop racing and settle down to near normal   , another 15-20 minutes  [My rescue inhaler has been making me cough more so I've been using my neb lately.]

    Allergy pill – 2 min

    Inhaler – 5 min  (two puffs spaced out and then rinsing out mouth and throat)


    Acid Reflux pill – 2 min  ( Did I mention that I hate swallowing pills? )

    Montelukast pill – 2 min

    Neb – 10-15 min (if needed) plus the time for my heart to stop racing and settle down to near normal, another 15-20 minutes

    Inhaler – 2 min (one puff and then rinsing out mouth and throat)


    So, about an hour taking asthma and related acid reflux meds.  

    That's on a 'good' day.  On a not so good day, add in another round or two of nebs and whatever else is needed.  

  • Pljohns

    About the same here-

    Morning-neb 10-15 min.

    Evening-about 2 min to take all of the pills

    Another 10-15 min for the neb

    Another 5 min or so for the steroid inhaler

    Like Lisa-that's a good day-on a not so good day, add a neb for 10-15 every 3 hours around the clock and the evening one, add 2 more that are about 20 min. each and I feel like I spend my life sitting in the bathroom on a neb. (and DH wonders WHY I'm so picky about the bathroom being clean)

  • Lemon Harris

    Why do you take a neb daily?  Maybe you have a different situation but My pulmonologist advises against that, its not a daily use because your body will get used to it and when you need your albuterol to work in an emergency it wont as well. 

  • LK

    Lemon Harris, I usually use my ProAir inhaler but lately it has only made me cough more and that just makes my asthma worse.  I was at my pulmo appt. yesterday and asked him specifically if it was okay to use the neb a couple of times a day.  He said it is as long as it's not every couple of hours.  

    Maybe it all depends on our individual asthma and how well controlled it is or is not.

  • Lemon Harris

    @LK  I'd get a second opinion on that.    Not to seem rude (just caring!) but I have had the Director of the Pulmonary team tell me otherwise and advise against this.  I would for sure talk to another specialist if they are trying to tell you to take albuterol that often, your asthma is not being well controlled if you need nebs that often.  And that would scare the bejeezus out of me


    Short-acting β2-agonists such as albuterol and terbutaline provide immediate relief of airway constriction that lasts up to 8 hours. Clinicians commonly refer to this class of drugs as “rescue therapy” because it should only be administered during acute attacks. β2-agonists are considered safe as long as they are not being used more than twice a week. The National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute cautions that overuse of short-term β2-agonists indicates that asthma is not well-controlled and that the current treatment plan must be re-evaluated. Patients who exceed dosing recommendations may experience worsening and reduced control of asthma symptoms.

  • LK

    Lemon, You are right.  My asthma is not well-controlled.  It is severe persistent asthma.  I am on several maintenance meds and just started on Xolair a month ago.  You are also correct in that is is scary.  But at this point, the plan is to give the Xolair a chance to work which can take up to several months or longer.  I have discussed bronchial thermoplasty with my pulmo and he thought Xolair would be worth trying first.  I understand that overuse can make asthma worse but at this point it is a necessary evil.  I can either use it as needed or not breathe well at all.  Believe me, I have considered this many times.

    Thank you for your concern and for the excerpt.

  • K8sMom2002

    Lisa, it sounds like you've talked with your doctor and discussed this at length. I'm hoping the Xolair will help!

  • Lemon Harris

    @LK saying a prayer for you! Hope doctor can dig deep and find out the root cause!  Gosh you'd hope in this day and age there'd be more answers to chronic asthma.  I know we've come a long way but there has to be more answers.

  • K8sMom2002

    Lemon Harris, you are so right!

    I'm glad to see all the research that is going on about asthma. Have you seen the info on AAFA's ? It's a collection of 11 videos to help people understand asthma and asthma research. 

  • Pljohns

    There are so many advances in all aspects of medicine right now.  Biologics scare me to death and so far, I don't qualify-medically-for any of them.  With my current meds beginning to fail and not many other options, I would really like for things to get moving quickly.

  • Shea

    I use my nebulizer 2 to 3 times daily for different meducations, but my asthma is very difficult and I work with a team of specialists because the underlying cause is my churg-strauss syndrome (a rare chronic allergic disease that affects the lungs as well as heart, skin, small blood vessels, and ither organs). I have (basically) the same medications in inhaler form, and when my asthma is having better times, I will use my inhalers to save time, but the nebulizers go deeper into my lungs and work a lot better for me, so that is why I use them as directed by my doctor (i neb ipayroprium-bromide and albuterol sulfate as well as budesonide). During big attacks the neb is the only thing that works, so I have a potable neb for if I travel more than 30 min from home). I am also on daily oral prednisone. So for my asthma/ churg-strauss syndrome– that is what it takes to keep me well enough to get my activities of daily living done and keep me out of the hospital. I have had second and third opinions too… And tried biologics… The xolair did not lower my eosinophils but tbe nucala helped until my funding program ran out so I had to stop it. I do have a mypurmist I started using recently because my doctor thinks that the steam itself from the nebulizer might be helping me and so as I try to wean off the nebulizer medications, I have started using it. I am still in my first week of it so I cannot make a statement about it besises that I like it better than nasal rinses. I really feel like I do a lot and am proactive in managing my asthma, and I am thankful every day to be alive because asthma can be deadly and it doesnt always play by the rule book.

  • K8sMom2002

    You're right, Shea … each of us is unique, and sometimes things are just different. Glad to hear that your team is working with you and thinking of out of the box ideas.

    I'm glad to hear that about the Purmist. I know a lot of our members swear by nasal rinses, but I always feel like I'm drowning. 

    Lynn, I'm sending good your way that your meds will hang in there and your lungs will cooperate until there are more options that will work for you!

  • Kathy P

    I use my neb daily as well – but it's for different types of meds, not just for SABA. Mainly, I switched from inhaler ICS to nebbed ICS. As part of my "flare" plan, I can also add Xopenex to those nebs if I feel I need to open up my lungs in addition. My doc doesn't count those toward my count of needing my rescue meds. He's considering it as part of my control routine. I asked that same question about using the xopenex daily. If I'm using my rescue frequently in addition to that, that's when I need to go in and have things assessed.

    Biologics are still on the table, but my numbers aren't supporting them right now.