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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
710 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 wont 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

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


Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
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Proventil (Definition)

Proventil is an asthma beta receptor stimulator which is a kind of ...Read more