My inhaler's puff of medication isn't as strong, and it tastes different. Should I be concerned?
The new albuterol inhalers are working properly even if the puff of medication isn't as strong as older models and tastes different. There is no cause for concern simply because there has been a change in propellant between older models that used chloroflourocarbon (CFC) propellant. This new propellant, hydroflouroalkane (HFA), provides a decreased spray force in order to deliver the same amount of medication. That is why you don't feel the puff is as strong. You may also notice a different aftertaste with HFA inhalers, this is expected as well. The inhaler will still work as well and the same amount of medication will reach your lungs.