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Dr. Brian Bezack
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Albuterol (Overview)

Albuterol is a beta 2 agonist that stimulates the muscles in the airways to open up if they are in spasm. Typically the medicine is inhaled via a meter dosed inhaler (mdi), or a nebulizer and also available as a oral liquid.


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What are albuterol side effects?

What are albuterol side effects?

Jitters: Usually, it can make your heart beat faster (often not noticed if having problems breathing), cause temporary jitters/tremors, and make you feel a little anxious. Other symptoms would be less common. ...Read more

Dr. Brian Bezack
725 Doctors shared insights

Albuterol (Overview)

Albuterol is a beta 2 agonist that stimulates the muscles in the airways to open up if they are in spasm. Typically the medicine is inhaled via a meter dosed inhaler (mdi), or a nebulizer and also available as a oral liquid.


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Is it acceptable to give a seven month old albuterol?

Is it acceptable to give a seven month old albuterol?

Only if doctor says!: If your child's doctor prescribes albuterol for him/her to treat wheezing, then give it. Never use someone else's prescription for your baby. Albuterol only helps for wheezing/reactive airways disease, and if that's not what your baby has, it won't help and it can have side effects. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: albuterol?

Please describe the medication: albuterol?

Bronchodilator: Albuterol is a beta 2 agonist that stimulates the muscles in the airways to open up if they are in spasm. Typically the medicine is inhaled via a meter dosed inhaler (mdi), or a nebulizer and also available as a oral liquid. ...Read more

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What symptoms may cause a doctor to prescribe albuterol over other medications?

What symptoms may cause a doctor to prescribe albuterol over other medications?

Albuterol: Albuterol is a type of beta-agonist. It acts by activating beta receptors in lungs which results in dilation and easier breathing (helps wheezing). It can also speed up the heart rate because of its beta receptor effects. It has no steroidal activity. However, both bronchodilators and steroids are used in treatment of asthma. Albuterol is used by asthmatics both in inhaler and nebulizer form. ...Read more

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I just got diagnosed with bronchitis. Prescribed albuterol inhaler and cefdinir. When should it go away and description of the medication?

I just got diagnosed with bronchitis. Prescribed albuterol inhaler and cefdinir. When should it go away and description of the medication?

3-7 days: Bacterial bronchitis usual begins resolving in 3-7 days after antibiotic initiation. If is is viral bronchitis then antibiotics will have no effect on resolution, and it may take longer. Any progressive fever, chest pain, or difficulty breathing while on therapy deserves a re-evaluation. ...Read more

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Are little kids able to use albuterol inhalers?

Are little kids able to use albuterol inhalers?

Yes: It is actually more efficient for them to use an inhaler. Although, they should use an aerochamber, spacer, with the inhaler. ...Read more

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How serious is asthma? I'm 27 and have had allergic asthma my whole life but never used albuterol unless near a cat etc... It's getting worse now...

How serious is asthma? I'm 27 and have had allergic asthma my whole life but never used albuterol unless near a cat etc... It's getting worse now...

Can be fatal: Reactive airway disease, of which asthma is a subtype, can be fatal. During an asthma attack, the 'air tubes' or bronchial passages, constrict. In severe cases they can fully close, causing suffocation. Avoiding your triggers (and cat dander is one of the worst) is very important, as is keeping an albuterol 'rescue' inhaler close at hand. ...Read more

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I have albuterol that expired in 2011 so is it still effective?

I have albuterol that expired in 2011 so is it still effective?

Probably: The albuterol is probably still effective but perhaps not as effective as a new inhaler. If you're having trouble with your breathing, I certainly would use it but you should call your physician or pharmacy to request a refill. ...Read more

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Does albuterol work?

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. ...Read more

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Do you know which works better, dulera (formoterol and mometasone) or albuterol?

Depends: They are different medications - Dulera (formoterol and mometasone) is a combination of an inhaled steroid and a long acting bronchodilator while albuterol is a short acting bronchodilator. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for an albuterol inhaler to kick in?

Albuterol: An albuterol inhaler is considered a rescue bronchodilator which means that bronchodialtion should begin in a matter of minutes. ...Read more

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With trached child with history of tracheomalacia collapse with albuterol use, how often would it be safe to use albuterol/atrovent combi? How will I know?

Albuterol use: Usually prematurity/prolonged need for ventilator and/or oxygen cause chronic lung disease. So it is not unusual that a bronchodilator would be used. Albuterol/atrovent (ipratropium) work by relaxing muscles in the airway making breathing easier, and to a lesser extent, atrovent (ipratropium) decreases mucus production. Typically, in non-urgent use is 4h. Albuterol is used in emegent situations more frequently guided by md. ...Read more

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After taking albuterol for eia, my heart rate will rise to 180+ for an extended period with moderate exertion. Can I safely push myself harder?

After taking albuterol for eia, my heart rate will rise to 180+ for an extended period with moderate exertion. Can I safely push myself harder?

Levalbuterol: You may want to talk to your doctor about Levalbuterol (xopenex®). This medication is the active enantiomer (r)-albuterol and has 100-fold more potent binding to beta-2 receptors than (s)-albuterol. In english, you may have less heart racing/palpitations on Levalbuterol than with albuterol. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to use albuterol everyday to help with shortness of breath if you only use it when you exercise?

Maybe: It sounds like you were given the albuterol inhaler to help with shortness of breath or wheezing during exercise...And that perhaps now you are having symptoms everyday. It certainly seems like your symptoms are changing, and if they are you should see your doctor to review your new symptoms with them. If you are having to use your inhaler more than usual, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Are nebulizer meds toxic if ingested po? (hasn't happened. Thinking of revising storage for toddler- they are up high) (albuterol, pulmicort, atrovnt

Are nebulizer meds toxic if ingested po? (hasn't happened. Thinking of revising storage for toddler- they are up high) (albuterol, pulmicort, atrovnt

Probably: I think there would be some risk, but I am not aware of how well or how much these drugs are absorbed from the digestive tract. Your local poison control center could answer this question. And yes safety is critical. ...Read more

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Would severe tingling and prickliness in the extremities be considered a side effect of albuterol and/or Flovent?

Unusual: Hi Amanda, these symptoms would be very unusual in relation to your asthma medications as long as you are using them in the recommended doses. ...Read more

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Which has more side effects albuterol vs albuterol?

Which has more side effects albuterol vs albuterol?

Albuterol: These are the same drug. Levoalbuterol may have less side effects (also called xopenex), but for most people is the same. ...Read more

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How much time will it take albuterol to leave my system?

Fairly quickly: It tapers down out of your system fairly quickly. Probably not much in the system after 6 hours ...Read more

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Albuterol makes me really shaky and nervous after I take it. How long should those side effects last?

Long time: All bronchodilators and decongestants as well as caffeine can cause this. Sometimes it resolves but often it doesn't. Reduce unnecessary caffeine and decongestant meds that are not prescribed. Discuss with your prescriber alternate meds such as singular, steroid inhalers or other meds that might not cause anxiety. ...Read more

Ventolin (Definition)

Ventolin is the trade name for the chemical / drug albuterol. This drug is a medicine to be inhaled to open the airways and it acts quickly, so it is called a "short-acting bronchodilator". The medicine comes in both a hand-held inhaler and as a liquid to be used with a nebulizer machine. It also comes in a liquid form to take by mouth, but this should not be used ...Read more


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