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Albuterol Alternatives For Asthma
Need alternative to zirtec for allergy-induced asthma. Allegra and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) don't work, nor albuterol asthma inhalars. Claritin gives me nasal pain.
Allergic help: You will definitely need to speak with your physician about this. Other alternatives include the short acting chlorphenamine (chlortrimetron), sold over the counter. There are prescription medications - xyzal, singulair, xopenex, (levalbuterol) Flonase and more. Ultimately - make sure you speak with your physician about this, since the medications you have tried so far are not providing relief for you. ...Read more
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
Effects....: You may experience nervousness, increased heart rate, tremors, etc. Albuterol is a prescribed medication and you should not take any medicine that was not prescribed to you, albuterol included. This can be very dangerous! See your doctor if you think you have asthma for diagnosis and treatment. ...Read more
I've had asthma since I was little. But I think I'm using albuterol way too much. Can albuterol be bad for you?
Yes: Patients who use albuterol too much may have side effects like fast heart beat and palpitations. More importantly albuterol does not treat the real problem in asthma which is inflammation in the airway. It only helps symptoms by "opening" the airway. Patients using lots of albuterol need a medicine to control the inflammation in the lung, such as an inhaled steroid. Symptoms may otherwise worsen. ...Read more
28/male/5'4/140lbs. PEF before albuterol is 450L/min-460L/min. After albuterol it is 540L/min. Does that mean I have Asthma?
Expired meds: There is a risk they won't work, and if you are having an asthma attack, that's a big problem. Most meds will not harm you if expired, except for the fact that they may not be good for what they are intended for. You should check all the medicines in your home monthly to see if expired and/or need refills or replacements. ...Read more
5 puffs per week: If you are not using albuterol to prevent or relieve exercise-triggered asthma symptoms the maximum is 4 puffs per week. If you need more than that asthma is considered not controlled. If you are not taking a controller medication then you need to start. If you are taking one, like an inhaled corticosteroid or leukotriene antagonist, then you need more. ...Read more
Yes: An example is tolerance development. You may become less responsive to albuterol in the long run. Also, you will not be as well controlled between doses allowing for scarring and other complications of poorly treated asthma. If using albuterol more than a couple times per week, or if waking to use albuterol more than couple times per month; daily controller medication is needed. ...Read more
If I used albuterol before my run for my asthma and still coughed during my run, does that mean my asthma is not under control?
My brother is incarcerated. He was using albuterol for asthma, it became ineffective. He was given Mometasonea and is better. How to taper?
Don't taper: Just continue, this is a controller medication, if you meant the mometasone inhaler. If he improved that means his asthma wasn't controlled on previous medications he was on, he can still use the albuterol inhaler for asthma flares. Just ask the doctor who prescribed the mometasone for a follow up and refills, and if possible referral to an asthma specialist, good luck ...Read more
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
Diagnosed 2wk ago with asthma. Pharmacy instructions say 1puff albuterol 2x/day. Do I take only as needed or as instructions say? Also take singular.
I have asthma and it flares up every few hrs. Albuterol seems to work but lasts a few hrs then comes back. Would it respond if it is actually anxiety?
Yes: I see you're taking Advair too. It is possible that your preventative medicine is not strong enough. If not improving, you should seek medical help. Anxiety can worsen asthma and asthma attacks can worsen anxiety. If you find yourself using more albuterol, it is a sign of worsening asthma and should be evaluated. ...Read more
Albuterol: Albuterol is a type of beta-agonist. It acts by activating beta receptors in lungs which results in dilation and easier breathing. 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. ...Read more
Similar not same: Epinephrine is a hormone your body makes. It's an effective treatment for asthma & anaphylaxis but has limitations. It has many side-effects, stimulating the heart & sometimes triggering irregular heart rate & muscle tremors. It's beneficial effects wear off in ~20 minutes. Albuterol is a pharmacologic derivative of Epinephrine with fewer side-effects & a 3-6 hour duration of action. ...Read more
No cures for either: The conditions you mention are managed with the aid of medication, not cured. Once you have them, they are present to some degree indefinitely. ...Read more
Maybe: If you don't see improvement within half an hour retreat and arrange to go to the Er. Sometimes intravenous medications and other interventions are necessary. ...Read more
Do I have to wait a certain amount of time after using my maintenance asthma med symbacort before I can use my albuterol?
No: Albuterol is typically used to treat symptoms of asthma including cough, wheeze, chest tightness and shortness of breath. The nice aspect of symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is that the formoterol component which is a long-acting bronchodilator also starts working very quickly (within a few minutes) just like albuterol. With that, most people don't need to use albuterol right after symbicort (budesonide and formoterol)! ...Read more
My son was recommeded nebulizer - albuterol because of congestion. Does frequent congestion mean he could be pre- disposed to asthma?
I have asthma and take asmanex daily and albuterol 3-4 times per week before exercise. Should I be worried about this level of medication use?
Controlled asthma: If you require rescue medication (albuterol) more than once or twice a month for breakthrough wheezing, it would be wise to let your doctor know. Otherwise (in most cases) routine use of preventative Rx (inhaled steroids and pre-exercise albuterol) as prescribed are usually safer long term than uncontrolled asthma. Regimens should be reviewed frequently to minimize medication dose and frequency ...Read more
Was rxed Qnasl and Aerospan for severe asthma. Had to switch to Flonase because Qnasl too expensive. No insurance. Using albuterol more. Any advice?
Mgt: Administration of the nasal sprays and the technique used is important. Avoid spraying the middle of the nose called the septum. Blowing your nose or rinsing with saline prior to use also helps in delivering the nasal steroid. ...Read more
Why can't I breathe after I get out of the pool from swimming? It's been an hour and a half since I stopped swimming. Have asthma and took albuterol.
I have asthma, but 2 hrs after using my albuterol inhaler it feels like I need to use it again. Is it anxiety? Sp02 above 97% and peak flow in green.
It sounds like you are using your inhaler a lot. Would definitely recommend that you discuss with your doc. You would definitely benefit from a maintenance inhaler, if you are not on one, some time short steroid tapers are needed. Workup is sometimes also needed for conditions that may exacerbate your asthma. Do not postpone looking for help.
Saline?: How are you using the saline. If as a nasal spray- no problem. ...Read more
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