A 44-year-old female asked:
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i just had an asthma attack and took a few minutes to get to my inhaler. coughing stopped quickly after i used it but now feeling very shaky. why?

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Dr. Jeffry Gill
28 years experience Pediatrics
Albuterol: Good that your inhaler brought about quick resolution of your symptoms! There are a few things about an asthma attack that can make you feel shaky afterwards...but most likely is that this is an effect of the medication itself, which is a "cousin" of caffeine, and shares some of the effects. But if shakes do not resolve within hours, or if you have other symptoms (chest pain, etc.), go see a doc.
Answered on Jul 30, 2015
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Dr. Ronald Cox
Dr. Ronald Cox commented
26 years experience Allergy and Immunology
If the shakiness is to bothersome ask for levalbuterol or trade name Xopenex. It has significantly less shakiness when you use it.
Jul 30, 2015
Dr. John Chiu
Dr. John Chiu commented
56 years experience Allergy and Immunology
Even more important- if you need to use this type of inhaler more than twice a week for other than exercise, you need a controller drug for your asthma instead of relying on the rescue inhaler.
Jul 30, 2015

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