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A 22-year-old female asked:

Does the albuterol work for cold?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. John Munshower
Family Medicine 31 years experience
Bronchodilator: Albuterol is a bronchodilator, a medication that opens your airways to allow better airflow, and is not for used mainly for treating colds, .
Dr. Charles Turck
Pharmacology 18 years experience
For an approved use: Albuterol may work for people suffering from colds who have asthma and people with asthma having an attack in response to cold weather. It has also been used for a handful of other conditions. For a simple cold in someone who does not have asthma, there is not an adequate reason to use it. It is associated with shifts in potassium and glucose, and it is a prescription medication for a reason.

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A 35-year-old member asked:

Does albuterol work?

2 doctor answers6 doctors weighed in
Dr. Colton Bradshaw
Specializes in Pediatrics
Typically, yes.: Based on thousands if not millions of patients who have used albuterol, it should be considered a reasonable and safe medication for use. Any medication however may have side effects, and some users seem more sensitive to the fast heart rate, irritability, and agitation that can be encountered with its use. Your own physician is your best advisor as to the dose & frequency should it be required.
Dr. Michael Zacharisen
Allergy and Immunology 34 years experience
I agree with Dr. Bradshaw. If the albuterol does NOT work, either it is not being inhaled correctly into the lungs, dose is too low, or the disorder being treated is not asthma.
Mar 19, 2013

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