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Albuterol is an inhaler that is also called as the "reliever" and it is used on an as required basis whenever there is worsening shortness of breath or wheezing.
Even if he has taken albuterol just now, he can take his symbicort after a few minutes.
Symbicort can be given immediately after albuterol, if the dose of symbicort is due i.e. if he takes two puffs 8 am and two puffs 8 pm and has used albuterol at 7:45 pm he can still take symbicort on his routine time i.e. 8 pm.
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Yes the time restriction is on albuterol but if the symptoms are severe then albuterol can be repeated up to three times with a gap of 15 minutes between each dose.
But generally albuterol is a reliever and only taken as and when required.
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