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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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While on 2 ltrs of oxygen, my o 2 sats are 90.What is the treatment? Meds are flowvent 250, singulair, (montelukast) albuterol, atrovent, Medrol dose pack

While on 2 ltrs of oxygen, my o 2 sats are 90.What is the treatment? Meds are flowvent 250, singulair, (montelukast) albuterol, atrovent, Medrol dose pack

Context: It matters a lot to know more about your condition. Do you have COPD and use oxygen on a chronic basis? Or is this an asthma attack and you're in a hospital receiving treatment? Do you have a pulmonary embolism? Do you suffer from heart failure? ...Read more

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I use Albuterol & Ipratropium Bromide in my nebulizer and I used it this morning 1 1/2 later I started coughing awful. My inhaler stopped it. Reason?

I use Albuterol & Ipratropium Bromide in my nebulizer and I used it this morning 1 1/2 later I started coughing awful. My inhaler stopped it. Reason?

Cough is good: Though there is good data to suggest an inhaler used with spacer and optimal technique can be as effective as nebulized medication (in toddlers to seniors), I don't recall ever seeing it work better than a neb. Consider whether the neb "loosened up" mucus that accumulated through the night, making cough more effective; this commonly (and paradoxically) increases cough for an hour or so. ...Read more

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What should be given first? A nebulizer treatment (albuterol) or advair?

What should be given first? A nebulizer treatment (albuterol) or advair?

Rescue/maintenance: Albuterol is a rescue medication (unless used before exertion) and it's frequency of use dictates the status of ones airways. Ideally albuterol should be used rarely if at all but that is not always the case.
Advair is a daily maintenance medication. It's use should in theory reduce or eliminate the need for the use of a rescue medication (eg albuterol). If both are needed albuterol is first. ...Read more

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I have asthma and copd, I use a nebulizer for treatment along with the albuterol sulfate solution. Is there a better solution to use to help me?

Proper treatment: In my opinion, contrary to others, these conditions should always be treated with inhaled steroid first and then add. This prevents inflammation and twitchy airways. In COPD there is bowing of midsize airways due to tissue destruction. This is helped with anticholinergics (thiotropium or ipratropium) this allows the rescue albuterol to get into the distal airways for rescue, more mainstay in asthm. ...Read more

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6 yo has bronchitis. Just gave him albuterol in nebulizer and his cough is really bad after treatment. It sounds productive though. Is this normal?

6 yo has bronchitis. Just gave him albuterol in nebulizer and his cough is really bad after treatment. It sounds productive though. Is this normal?

It is normal to: cough more right after a nebulization treatment. The medication loosens up the mucous in the airway passages. However, if he is wheezing more or having difficulty breathing, or he seems to need a treatment in less than 2 hours, you should call his pediatrician. He may need to be re-checked and/or his medications adjusted. ...Read more

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If my 4 year old had albuterol nebulizer treatment an hour ago, can I still give him his prescription hydroxyzine 10mg/5ml for postnasaldrip cough now?

Salt water nose drop: Hydroxazine has a drying effect and could dry the secretions in your childs chest counteracting the effect of the albuterol. Therefore, I would use saline nose drops for his nose. ...Read more

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3mo baby w/RSV. Cough is resolving but stuffy nose sounds worse. Albuterol-nebulizer treatment plus saline solution atomizer. What can I do?

3mo baby w/RSV. Cough is resolving but stuffy nose sounds worse. Albuterol-nebulizer treatment plus saline solution atomizer. What can I do?

Saline: You can add some normal saline infant nose drops with a bulb syringe to clear her nostrils. I am glad to hear the cough and lower respiratory issues are decreasing, she is on the road to recovery. Also, give her extra fluids, pedialyte. ...Read more

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Are albuterol nebulizer treatments safe for a 9 month old baby?

Are albuterol nebulizer treatments safe for a 9 month old baby?

Yes: The efficacy and safety has been proven as long as infant receives standard dose for reactive airway disease. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give my child two back to back treatments of albuterol in her nebulizer if she continues to wheeze?

Is it safe to give my child two back to back treatments of albuterol in her nebulizer if she continues to wheeze?

Asthma Flare: Important first to have an asthma action plan so that you and your child's doctor can better manage your child's asthma. Albuterol is considered a rescue medicine. Asthma care also includes use of controller medications such as inhaled steroids, leukotriene antagonists, cromolyn. Also trigger control can prevent the need for frequent rescue med use. Meet with your child's doctor and set up a plan. ...Read more

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3 month old baby's third week of RSV. Now cough sounds like croup although she's been receiving albuterol-nebulizer treatments (6x/day for 4 days, 3x/?

3 month old baby's third week of RSV. Now cough sounds like croup although she's been receiving albuterol-nebulizer treatments (6x/day for 4 days, 3x/?

Hang in there!: We usually try albuterol treatments for RSV in babies. About one third of babies respond. As long as she is not spiking a fever now and her breathing is stable, she has 3 wet diapers daily, hang in there another week. Start to finish, this is a month long illness! Keep all your followup appointments with her pediatrician. I'm glad she's doing well at home! You are doing a great job! ...Read more

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Asthma-coughing fits between Nebulizer/albuterol treatments. Better to steam/cool mist? Foods/teas? Sit up, lay, walk? I cough until I gag/cry.

See your doctor: Sounds like your asthma is may need a tune up. Go see your doctor, you likely need a steroid inhaler or possibly a combination inhaler with albuterol and a steroid to help calm things down. Moist air may help a bit (like the nebulizer) but sounds like you need more than that. Positioning your body, certain foods likely won't make a difference either. ...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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My 4yo has a "barking cough". 3x today I have given albuterol/atrovent nebs for wheeze. Cloudy drn from nose after 3days clear. 99.5 temp go in when?

Croup: This barking cough may be a sign of croup. Svn treatments with albuterol only affect wheezing from the lungs, not croup which is an inflammation of the larynx. If he has trouble breathing you should seek medical attention immediately since this affects his airway. I would definitely go see your doctor today. ...Read more

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My son has severe asthma. He's taking 2x seretide 6x atrovent (ipratropium) 6xs albuterol 1x singular with all this, he still gets breathless. Could he need oxygen?

My son has severe asthma. He's taking 2x seretide 6x atrovent (ipratropium) 6xs albuterol 1x singular with all this, he still gets breathless. Could he need oxygen?

Asthma and Oxygen: Not likely. He should see a qualified allergist/immunologist who can help treat your son. Oxygen does not have a role in the treatment of asthma chronically, only during an acute episode requiring hospitalization. Most asthmatics who get "breathless" are not getting the right set of medicines, are not inhaling them properly, or have an additional/other diagnosis. Seeing a specialist will help. ...Read more

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How do atrovent (ipratropium) & albuterol act differently in the lungs? My 5yo seems to do better when we add atrovent (ipratropium) nebs between her albuterol & pulmicort.

Mutually complement: Good morning, airway spasm in asthma results from net reduction in adrenergic (dilating) effect, or increase in bronchospastic (vagal) force. Albutrol promotes dilating force, while atrovent (ipratropium) blocks the constricting force - thus complementing the net beneficial effect on bronchial tubes. In asthma the symptoms are caused by decreased diameter of bronchial tubes. ...Read more

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What's the difference between ipratropium bromide and albuterol?

What's the difference between ipratropium bromide and albuterol?

Short acting: Both drugs are short acting bronchodilators; albuterol is called a sympathomimetic drug because it affects beta receptors that line airways and cause bronchodilation. Ipratroprium is called an anticholinergic and affects muscarinic receptors that line the airways causing decreased muscle tone/constriction. Both are used in copd, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis. ...Read more

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What is the difference between ipratropium bromide and albuterol sulfate?

What is the difference between ipratropium bromide and albuterol sulfate?

ALBUTEROL/IPRATROPIU: They both cause bronchodilatation, and are often used as a combination (combivent,)used in COPD when there is bronchospasm
albuterol belongs to beta2agonist type and ipratropium blocks the affect of acytylcholine in airways and nasal passages. ...Read more

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I take albuterol, also ipratropium bromide, and budosemide, I mix the albuterol and ipratropium together. Is it ok to mix the budosemide w/albuterol?

No: I would not do it, just because you don't know how you're going to react to it. Although, there are commercial preparations of longer acting albuterol (salmeterol, formoterol), mixed in with a steroid (budesonide), there is no such formulation that would include short acting albuterol. ...Read more

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Will medicaid pay for albuterol & ipratropium bromide for copd.?

Will medicaid pay for albuterol & ipratropium bromide for copd.?

Albutrol and ipratro: Yes most of the state medicaid will cover it if ordered by a physician. ...Read more

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What is considered an albuteral overdose, How many puffs and how many nebulizer treatments?

What is considered an albuteral overdose, How many puffs and how many nebulizer treatments?

Follow rx directions: First of all there are directions issued for all medications including inhalers and nebulizer treatments. These directions avoid overdose. If the amount prescribed isn't helping then a call to your doctor for further directions is required. Otherwise overdosing on these causes rapid heart rates, agitation, jittery, dizzyness. ...Read more

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Can proventil and atrovent (ipratropium) used together?

Can proventil and atrovent (ipratropium) used together?

Absolutely: Proventil (albuterol) and atrovent (ipratropium bromide) are very commonly recommend to be used together for treatment of airway bronchospasm commonly seen in asthma or copd. I would caution that there are better, long-acting medications that provide better benefit if you are not well-controlled on proventil and atrovent alone. Otherwise they do indeed work very well together. ...Read more

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What's the difference between ventolin and atrovent (ipratropium)? Which is safer during pregnancy at 16 weeks? Thanks!

Different classes: ventolin is albuterol and is a beta 2 agonist bronchodilator while atrovent (ipratropium) is iprotropium and is an anti cholinergic bronchodilator. Both are generally safe during pregnancy but if you are using them more than a few doses a week you may need to be using a controller medicine to reduce your dependence on the bronchodilators. ...Read more

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Can you take atrovent (ipratropium) and proventil at the same time?

Yes: Both medications are used as bronchodilators to help with acute asthma symptoms. They can be taken separately, but are often combined during an acute exacerbation to relax airway smooth muscle. Each medication works on a different receptor to achieve the desired result. ...Read more

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Dr gave me Atrovent (ipratropium) inhaler. I have used ventolin inhaler for twenty yrs for asthma during allergy season. Hospital stay was not asthma related Is ok?

Ventolin better: If you just have asthma then Ventolin is better. Many adults at your age may have asthma and some some COPD in which case Atrovent (ipratropium) may be a good alternative to try. ...Read more

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Can atrovent nebuliser and ventolin nebuliser damage ur lungs long term or if used often I get asthma and post nasal drip get breathless alot?

Can atrovent nebuliser and ventolin nebuliser damage ur lungs long term or if used often I get asthma and post nasal drip get breathless alot?

Controller meds: Your upper airway rhinitis may be related to allergies, and can be controlled with a number of medications. Identification of triggers and avoidance measures may help to control the symptoms. In addition, you can discuss the use of Singulair (montelukast) with your physician. A virtual appointment may be booked online for further guidance. ...Read more

Dr. Brian Bezack
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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


Nebulizer (Definition)

A nebulizer is a machine that turns a liquid into a mist. It is usually used for medications for asthma, cystic fibrosis, and copd, so that the medications can be ...Read more