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Have asthma and was put on percocet for post op pain today. I'm itchy all over and coughing. Took my ventolin. How do I stop? Allergic reaction?

Have asthma and was put on percocet for post op pain today. I'm itchy all over and coughing. Took my ventolin. How do I stop? Allergic reaction?

Most likely: Itching is a common side effect of narcotics and for most people does not go any further than that. It is more serious if there is wheezing associated. As the medication is cleared from your system it will improve but you may need to continue to use inhaler for a little bit. Antihistamines can help also. If your inhaler does not control symptoms you need to be seen. Inform your provider. ...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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34y/o female diagnosed 2wks ago w/asthma. Taken 1 singular/day & 1 puff albuterol 2x/day. Should I have tests for allergies? Do I need peak flow meter

34y/o female diagnosed 2wks ago w/asthma. Taken 1 singular/day & 1 puff albuterol 2x/day. Should I have tests for allergies? Do I need peak flow meter

Yes and yes: It does not seem that this regimen is enough as you should not be needing albuterol more than 2 times a week. Your maintenance medication needs to be adjusted if your symtpoms persist on singulair (montelukast) daily. See an allergies, find your triggers and get an asthma action plan. ...Read more

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I have asthma caused by stress and allergies. I can't get rid of the stress or the allergies right now. Should I just take albuterol as needed?

I have asthma caused by stress and allergies. I can't get rid of the stress or the allergies right now. Should I just take albuterol as needed?

Depends on severity: You can use albuterol as needed without any other treatment unless you require the albuterol more than twice per week, are awakened at night with asthma symptoms more than once a month, or your symptoms prevent normal activities or exercise, or if you have a significant flare requiring an unscheduled doctor or er visit. In any of these cases, you need a controller inhaler - inhaled steroid. ...Read more

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Problem w/ excess mucus; slight wheezing if exercising hard. Doc says it's likely allergies. Why prescribe potentially dangerous drug like Albuterol?

Asthma: Allergies can trigger asthma. Antihistamines will not help asthma. Albuterol is a first line medication to relieve the spasms of airway muscle that occurs with asthma. It is an excellent medication for occasional use. If albuterol helps but you need it more than twice a week, a preventative medication may be needed. If albuterol does not help, then other causes of symptoms need to be considered. ...Read more

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My 3 1/2 yr old uses albuterol and budesonide in nebulizer 2x a day to treat cough and congestion due to allergies. Is it safe to keep using often.

My 3 1/2 yr old uses albuterol and budesonide in nebulizer 2x a day to treat cough and congestion due to allergies. Is it safe to keep using often.

Depends on conditio: Albuterol is a bronchdilater and Budesonide is an inhaled steroid (anti inflammatory) prescribed in children and adults for bronchial asthma.Depending on the severity of asthma it may have to be used often if needed and prescribed under medical supervision and it is safe. Budesonide is a controller medicine, means it controls the inflammation and albuterol is a bronchodilator used for symptom relief. ...Read more

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Have asthma & allergies. On advair & albuterol. Smoke from fires in state & surrounding. Daily/nightly can't breathe. Wake up wheezing can't sleep, do?

Have asthma & allergies. On advair & albuterol. Smoke from fires in state & surrounding. Daily/nightly can't breathe. Wake up wheezing can't sleep, do?

Need steroids: See your doctor today. It is miserable to be in this situation with asthma. Please contact your family doctor immediately. If you can't get into see your family doctor then go to a walk-in clinic or if necessary the emergency room to make it through the weekend. Will likely be given steroids but there may be other options they have available for you as well. You should all help you breathe better. Best wishes to you and I hope you can breathe better soon. ...Read more

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I took diphenhydramine hydrochloride with guaifenesin /dextromethorphan to treat congestion and allergies would it be okay to take albuterol?

I took diphenhydramine hydrochloride with guaifenesin /dextromethorphan to treat congestion and allergies would it be okay to take albuterol?

Below: It is OK to use the albuterol if this has been Rxed by your health care provider.

Use the albuterol as directed, and if no improvement, then call or see your DR. ...Read more

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Sob, difficulty breathing when running or randomly. All heart tests clear. Albuterol not working& ongoing turbinate hypertrophy. Allergies the cause?

Sob, difficulty breathing when running or randomly. All heart tests clear. Albuterol not working& ongoing turbinate hypertrophy. Allergies the cause?

How soon?: If you have breathing problem less than 10 minutes after starting running, consider seeing an ENT to find out if you may have what is called vocal cord dysfunction. This condition is more likely if your problem is not getting enough air when breathing in. ...Read more

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Can asthma problems make your throat feel scatchy along with shortness of breath and weezing? Albuterol helps but need to use it often, allergies?

Can asthma problems make your throat feel scatchy along with shortness of breath and weezing? Albuterol helps but need to use it often, allergies?

Allergy evaluation: Sounds like your symptoms are not being controlled. Asthma can be triggered by allergies. See a board certified allergist for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

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Albuterol can cause chest tightness, irregular heart beat, high BP, and anxiety. I have Irritable Heart Syndrome. Is this safe to take for allergies?

Medicine indication: The albuterol can cause those symptoms, but not always. It's possible it could mimic the symptoms of irritable heart syndrome but should not cause damage to the heart. Albuterol is not commonly used as an allergy drug unless you get allergy-induced asthma/bronchospasm. If your allergic symptoms are more nose and eyes, albuterol will not be helpful relief. Try an antihistamine or nasal steroid Rx. ...Read more

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Asthma flared with allergies and getting the flu. Kept taking my albuterol daily for over a month. Noticing mucus stuck deep in lungs that I feel rumble but I can't seem to cough out. Would a steroid inhaler help clear this?

Asthma flared with allergies and getting the flu. Kept taking my albuterol daily for over a month. Noticing mucus stuck deep in lungs that I feel rumble but I can't seem to cough out. Would a steroid inhaler help clear this?

Needs a Mucolytic: The best way to mobilize 'stuck' phlegm is to try a mucolytic. WATER actually works pretty well- so I would hydrate, hydrate, hydrate as the first thing... Then, you could try over the counter Guaifenesin which can speed up the heart as a side effect, but should thin things out. What I personally use is HOT CHILI - the spice -if you like spicy foods. A steroid inhaler would help the asthma, yes. ...Read more

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Left tonsil swollen itchy throat int for years. Many allergies. If wheezing and take albuterol, tonsil subsides. Allergy, asthma, tonsil connection?

Possible reason: Albuterol dilates blood vessels, so I don't think there is a direct effect. I suspect that you are a mouth breather and may hyperventilate because of your anxiety and poorly controlled allergies and asthma. After you take albuterol, your hyperventilation decreases, resulting in less dry air irritating your mouth. See an allergist/immunologist to improve your condition. ...Read more

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Allergy to bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) I was using an albuterol sulfate inhaler. I have muscle aches, large itchy bumps, and abdominal pain. These two allergies related?

Allergy to bactrim, (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) I was using an albuterol sulfate inhaler. I have muscle aches, large itchy bumps, and abdominal pain. These two allergies related?

No: Sulfa in Bactrim (sulfamethoxazole and trimethoprim) is entirely different from sulfate which is rather inert. Muscle spasm may result from albuterol especially when used above the recommended dose or frequency but would not account for the itchy bumps. I suspect that your problem is likely from a viral infection but do consult your doctor if the problem gets worse or persists for more than a few days. ...Read more

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I have asthma & severe allergies, currently taking zyrtec, singulair (montelukast) and albuterol as needed. We are trying to conceive & I know antihistamines dry up mucus, what can I do to help my mucus in uterus?

I have asthma & severe allergies, currently taking zyrtec, singulair (montelukast) and albuterol as needed. We are trying to conceive & I know antihistamines dry up mucus, what can I do to help my mucus in uterus?

Complicated: Antihistamines can all interfere with ovulation by blocking the action of histamine, a chemical that also plays a role in releasing an egg from the ovary and implanting it in the womb. These drugs are effective at relieving the symptoms of an allergic reaction, but they may also halt conception. If you’re trying to get pregnant, it’s best to avoid antihistamines from mid-cycle until your period. ...Read more

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How severe is the reaction between albuterol and nortriptyline?

How severe is the reaction between albuterol and nortriptyline?

Nortrip & Albuterol: That depends upon many things, like the dose of nortriptyline and if albuterol is being used daily or only as needed. The most significant interaction to look for is qt prolongation, or other heart arrhythmias. It is important to do careful screening for heart disease. Monitoring with blood levels of nortriptyline and routine ekg's may also be advised. ...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...

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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Is it possible to be allergic to albuterol? Really itchy hives developed in groin area (havent really need albuterol in a while but now I do)

Remote: I have never heard of it especially when little albuterol enters your blood stream. If suspect that you may have a viral infection which has exacerbated your asthma and it is the viral infection which has caused the rash. I am more concerned over your asthma and you should see your doc soon about it since regular use can actually worsen your asthma. ...Read more

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If I'm allergic to dust mites and have asthma and I'm waking up with a stuffed nose and hacking up sticky clear/yellow mucus should I take albuterol?

Stuffy nose: It probably makes more sense to take an intranasal steroid then albuterol. Don't forget to put dust mite proof covers on your pillows, mattress and boxspring. ...Read more

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I've taken sinus pills abuterol pro air seems like nun s wrkn I have a persistant cough chest burns choking spells n I have asthma n allergies?

I've taken sinus pills abuterol pro air seems like nun s wrkn I have a persistant cough chest burns choking spells n I have asthma n allergies?

See allergist: Albuterol should not be used as the only medication for persistent asthma. Acid reflux can cause coughing and chest burning as well. You need to talk with your doctor about all these issues. If he cannot help you, consult an allergist. ...Read more

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Severe allergies. I take Singulair (montelukast) 10mg 1x day and Ventolin inhaler 2-3x day. Not much of a relief. Can I take zyrtec too...

Severe allergies. I take Singulair (montelukast) 10mg 1x day and Ventolin inhaler 2-3x day. Not much of a relief. Can I take zyrtec too...

Yes.: If Singulair (montelukast) does not prevent the allergic symptoms, you can take an antihistamine as well, if your other medications don't interact with it. Avoid fragrances and aerosols as well, as they aggravate allergic symptoms. ...Read more

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I have severe allergies was perscribed astelin nose spray & eye drops zyrtec (cetirizine) ventolin inhaler duo neb its not that effective add anything?

I have severe allergies was perscribed astelin nose spray & eye drops zyrtec (cetirizine) ventolin inhaler duo neb its not that effective add anything?

Allergy asthma meds: It sounds like you have severe allergies and some asthma. OTC sprays Nasacort and Flonase help nasal symptoms but take a few days to kick in. Singulair (montelukast) is a prescription pill that can help with nasal or chest symptoms. Steroid inhalers are important for asthma (e.g. Qvar, Flovent). If allergies are severe, see an allergist and get skin tests. Allergy shots are better than meds for long term. ...Read more

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34 year-old woman with a 2-year history of recurrent rashes of small areas of itchy little papules, on the legs and then arms, despite treatment.....?

34 year-old woman with a 2-year history of recurrent rashes of small areas of itchy little papules, on the legs and then arms, despite treatment.....?

See Derm: YOu need to consult a skin specialist who may consider doing a skin biopsy to find out the cause if possible. Even if the cause may not be found, there are usually effective treatments. In the meanwhile, try applying skin moisturizer at least 1x daily ...Read more

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Does the albuterol work for cold?

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. ...Read more

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Can I use expired albuterol sulfate?

Caution: Probably no increased danger, but expired medication often lose potency and do not work. ...Read more

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Where can I donate expired albuterol?

No where: No one should be using expired medications, so you can dispose of it properly when expired. ...Read more

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What can an overdose of albuterol do?

What can an overdose of albuterol do?

Albuterol overdose: Albuterol overdose can cause high or low bp, chest pain, irregular heart beat, shakiness and tremors
most serious overdose can cause cardiac arrest and/or death. ...Read more

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Is there anything OTC that has similar uses to Albuterol?

Is there anything OTC that has similar uses to Albuterol?

No: Until December 2011 there was a product by the name of Primitene Mist that was sold over the counter. This has been banned for several reasons. Mostly because it was dangerous and was felt to be responsible for deaths. Remember when you use albuterol you are just treating symptoms and not the asthma. This often leads to increased use which can be dangerous. See a knowledgeable asthma doctor. ...Read more

Dr. John Chiu
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Allergies (Definition)

Allergies occur when your immune system is triggered by envirionmental factors it should ignore--for example, pollen in the air, or dander on a cat or dog--and creates cells to fight against them. An allergic reaction typically causes itching, congestion, or drainage, and ...Read more


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Albuterol (Definition)

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 ...Read more