Shortness of Breath | Treatment


What can I do to improve my breathing?

Your doctor will treat the cause of your breathing problem. To help your treatment, if you smoke, you need to stop. Ask your doctor for help. Also, avoid breathing chemicals that can bother your lungs, such as fumes from paint and car exhaust. If your doctor says it's okay, you should try to get plenty of exercise.

Primatene Mist Inhaler discontinued

Primatene Mist Inhaler, an over-the-counter asthma inhaler, was discontinued December 31, 2011. If you currently use Primatene Mist Inhaler, it's safe to continue using it as long as it hasn't expired.  Talk to your doctor about switching to a different medicine to treat your asthma.  For more information, visit the U.S. Food and Drug Administration website.


Evaluation of Chronic Dyspnea by NG Karnani, GM Reisfield, GR Wilson (American Family Physician April 15, 2005,

Written by editorial staff

Reviewed/Updated: 04/14
Created: 04/05