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Doctor insights on: Albuterol Alternatives For Asthma

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Need alternative to zirtec for allergy-induced asthma. Allegra and Benadryl (diphenhydramine) don't work, nor albuterol asthma inhalars. Claritin gives me nasal pain.

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 (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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What will happen if I take albuterol and I don't have asthma?

What will happen if I take albuterol and I don't have asthma?

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

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I've had asthma since I was little. But I think I'm using albuterol way too much. Can albuterol be bad for you?

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

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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?

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?

Not necessarily: Though this type of challenge test is used to test for asthma, there are other issues your physician must consider. Like allergies, family history, attacked of shortness of breath etc. A single test does not exist for asthma.
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Is there a risk in using expired albuterol in a nebulizer for asthma?

Is there a risk in using expired albuterol in a nebulizer for 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

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How many puffs per day of an albuterol inhaler for asthma is too much?

How many puffs per day of an albuterol inhaler for asthma is too much?

Daily use not good: If you've been formally diagnosed with asthma and are continuing to require the use of your albuterol inhaler daily, I would recommend following up with your physician. When asthma is well-controlled, albuterol use should be limited. ...Read more

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How many puffs per day of an albuterol inhaler for asthma are too many?

How many puffs per day of an albuterol inhaler for asthma are too many?

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

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Does long term use of Albuterol to treat asthma have any serious side effects?

Does long term use of Albuterol to treat asthma have any serious side effects?

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

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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?

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?

Likely: In addition to albuterol premedication, a good warm up should help. However, if the cough continues, then re-check with your doctor to adjust the asthma medication regimen. Break through cough can signal under treated asthma. ...Read more

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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

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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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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.

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.

Not Standard: That dose of albuterol is not standard. Typically, you would use 2 puffs every four hours as needed. You need to call and speak to whomever prescribed it to clarify the dosing. ...Read more

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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

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Does the medicine albuterol for asthma have steroids?

Does the medicine albuterol for asthma have steroids?

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

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Is albuterol and epinephrine the same asthma medication?

Is albuterol and epinephrine the same asthma medication?

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

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Does albuterol cures asthma or COPD it only suppress the symptoms?

Does albuterol cures asthma or COPD it only suppress the symptoms?

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

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Will albuterol reverse my asthma attack? I am worried about death from asthma.

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

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What do we call the machine that is used with albuterol when a child has asthma?

What do we call the machine that is used with albuterol when a child has asthma?

Nebulizer: The machine that can be used for asthma medicines is called a nebulizer. It consists of an air compressor (the box that is plugged into the wall) and the nebulizer (this is where the medicine is placed). ...Read more

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What is the difference between albuterol and alupent (metaproterenol) for asthma?

Similar: Both are medications that are used as bronchodilators -- that is quick acting medications for asthma symptoms. Albuterol is probably the most commonly used. Haven't not seen Alupent (metaproterenol) used fro years. ...Read more

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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

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My son was recommeded nebulizer - albuterol because of congestion. Does frequent congestion mean he could be pre- disposed to asthma?

My son was recommeded nebulizer - albuterol because of congestion. Does frequent congestion mean he could be pre- disposed to asthma?

Congestion: Congestion could be upper airway or lower airway congestion. If lower airway congestion is associated with wheezing, it could indicate later development of asthma. ...Read more

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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?

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

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Was rxed Qnasl and Aerospan for severe asthma. Had to switch to Flonase because Qnasl too expensive. No insurance. Using albuterol more. Any advice?

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

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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.

Go to ER: If you are still this short of breath after using albuterol and you cannot contact your own doctor by phone, you should go to the er. You my need more aggressive asthma treatment, especially if you have exercise-induced asthma. ...Read more

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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.

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.

Need maintenance: 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.
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Is it safe to mix albuterol and sterile saline for treating asthma?

Saline?: How are you using the saline. If as a nasal spray- no problem. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use a saline inhaler if I have asthma and take singular & albuterol?

Is it safe to use a saline inhaler if I have asthma and take singular & albuterol?

Not sure: By saline inhaler do you mean a nasal spray of saline? If this is so, yes you can. If you man something else, I'm not sure what a saline inhaler is unless you mean a saline nebulizer solution. Could you be more specific? ...Read more

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Is it ok to use an inhaler for albuterol pre cardio workout if you don't have asthma?

No effect: A person without asthma who uses an albuterol inhaler will not experience any respiratory benefit. However, that person would likely experience the common side effects such as tremor, increase heart rate and other symptoms. ...Read more

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What is the difference between albuterol and alupent (metaproterenol) for acute asthma relief?

Bronchodilators: Both drugs are bronchodilators, but Alupent (metaproterenol) has more side effects like palpitations and tremor. ...Read more

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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...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