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I had very few asthma related problems.3 months ago I had walking pneumonia. Treated. Now dependent on albuterol inhaler 1-4x qd. Why? Will it change?

I had very few asthma related problems.3 months ago I had walking pneumonia. Treated. Now dependent on albuterol inhaler 1-4x qd. Why? Will it change?

Infection trigger: "walking pneumonia" refers to a pneumonia due to mycoplasma pneumoniae. This can trigger an asthma attack and possibly increase the risk of someone to develop asthma. Treatment with macrolide antibiotics can improve asthma control only in those patients who have evidence of infection in their airways. If albuterol is needed more than twice a week, a change in asthma treatment is needed. ...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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I'm on Combivent, (albuterol and ipratropium) Albuterol inhaler PRN, Advair 500/50 & Singular. Is it a safe combo to be on long term? I have bad asthma and I'm prone to pneumonia

I'm on Combivent, (albuterol and ipratropium) Albuterol inhaler PRN, Advair 500/50 & Singular. Is it a safe combo to be on long term? I have bad asthma and I'm prone to pneumonia

Yes...: This is a safe med combo for treatment of asthma. You should rinse your mouth and spit it out after every Advair dose to prevent thrush, a complication of inhaled steroids. If your asthma exacerbations decrease over time, it is possible that your meds can be reduced (under doctor's supervision) but this combo is safe long-term. Be sure to never smoke! ...Read more

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Do I have the flu or walking pneumonia? I been coughing/phlegm and sneezing/wheezing. Headaches/coughing. I use my albuterol inhaler/otc meds. Help me

Do I have the flu or walking pneumonia? I been coughing/phlegm and sneezing/wheezing. Headaches/coughing. I use my albuterol inhaler/otc meds. Help me

Would need an exam..: To answer your question an exam and more history would be needed. At the very least it sounds like you have a viral URI or allergies. If you are requiring your albuterol more than every 4-6 hours or the symptoms are persisting or getting worse at all, make an appointment to be seen or a consult appointment here on healthtap to better determine if an in person doctor visit is needed. ...Read more

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What are the different dosages for albuterol inhaler?

What are the different dosages for albuterol inhaler?

No difference: While there are many different albuterol inhalers, they all deliver 90 mcg per puff. There are 2 other inhalers on the market similar to albuterol called xopenex (levalbuterol) & Maxair (pirbuterol). These are all rescue inhalers that provide quick-onset dilation of the bronchial tubes. ...Read more

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Side effects of albuterol inhalers?

Side effects albuter: Palpitation lasting for fewminutes, nervousness, tremors, irritability. With inhalers you may get throat irritation, headache and vomiting. Sometimes dry mouth and padoxial bronchospasm
most of the time the side effects are mild and short lived. ...Read more

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Can albuterol inhaler cause v tach?

Can albuterol inhaler cause v tach?

Possbly: All brnchodilators can potentially cause tachycardia 7 insusceptible persons under certain moments a malignant arrhythmia. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use albuterol inhaler everyday?

Is it safe to use albuterol inhaler everyday?

Need maintenance med: Needing your rescue inhaler daily is a sign that you may need maintenance medication to control asthma symptoms. Suggest talking to your doctor about this. ...Read more

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How to deal with inhaler abuse with albuterol?

Asthma control: First, partner with an asthma specialist to confirm diagnosis of asthma, identify and reduce exposure to known triggers, tailor and explain herbal and medical regimen to help control inflammation. Following asthma treatment guidelines, step up therapy as asthma is less controlled (use asthma control test, along with peak flow meter). Reduce rescue meds (albuterol) and focus on preventive meds ...Read more

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Albuterol nebulizer or inhaler. Which is better?

Albuterol nebulizer or inhaler. Which is better?

Either one: When the inhaler is used properly with good technique, it can provide as much bronchodilation as a nebulizer dose. For those patients with poor coordination, the elderly or very young, the nebulizer may be easier to use. ...Read more

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What are the risks of overdosing on an albuterol inhaler?

What are the risks of overdosing on an albuterol inhaler?

Besides overdosing..: Albuterol can relieve symptoms, but will not do anything to treat the underlying condition. Anyone taking it frequently may be masking a serious underlying condition that needs treatment with "controller" type medications. Although frequent use may not lead to "overdosing, " the delay in appropriate treatment is dangerous & can sometimes prove fatal (due to progression of the underlying asthma. ...Read more

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Does proventil (albuterol) inhaler have bad side effects?

Does proventil (albuterol) inhaler have bad side effects?

It can cause. ..: It can cause palpitations, a more rapid heart rate, and rarely an irregular heart beat. Some people report anxiety, but it is temporary. Generally, very safe! ...Read more

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What will be the strength of an albuterol inhaler for a 5 year old?

What will be the strength of an albuterol inhaler for a 5 year old?

Albuterol: The dose of albuterol through a nebulizer has a wide range: 0.15 mg to 0.45 mg/kg body weight. A 5 year old has an average weight of 20 kg and so the dose ranges from: 3-9 mg. Most physician use the lower dose (for use at home) recommended by Dr Novak, but in the ICU setting we use up to 10 mg at this age. ...Read more

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Is albuterol nebulizer or inhaler better or do they give the same results.?

The same: Many studies have been done comparing the two - almost all have shown equal efficacy but only when using a spacer for the inhaler - for people with bad lung disease or who can't coordinate a breath I either recommend a neb or a spacer. ...Read more

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Can I use both an albuterol nebulizer and albuterol rescue inhaler at the same time?

No: You should not do this without express direction from your doctor. These medicines have side effects that are potentially dangerous in overdoses. Can increase heart work, raise blood pressure for example. ...Read more

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Are there any long term negative effects from using albuterol/inhalers on a daily basis?

Possible: There are studies showing that regular use of albuterol will decrease its effectiveness and even worsens asthma. If you need to use it more than 2x/wk aside from sports activity, your asthma requires a controller drug and not a rescue drug like albuterol. Talk to your doctor or an allergist. ...Read more

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Would using an albuterol inhaler cause you to become depend on it, and thus weak without it?

Albuterol: To my knowledge, there is no tolerance issues with albuterol. Patients with asthma use it in emergencies so there is an obvious attachment to it. If you find you are needing more then you thought you would, then you should probably get check out by a lung specialist to assess for moderate to severe asthma. ...Read more

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HOW LONg Do I HaVe To WAIt AFTEr I usEd my RESCUe INHALEr To USe the NEBULIZER. BOTH WITh ALBUTEROl?

HOW LONg Do I HaVe To WAIt AFTEr I usEd my RESCUe INHALEr To USe the NEBULIZER. BOTH WITh ALBUTEROl?

For severe asthma: Every 3-4 hours. For mild to moderate asthma- every 4-6 hours. Consult your private physician for medication to prevent attacks. ...Read more

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What is the difference between the albuterol in my new nebulizer and the albuterol in my rescue inhaler?

What is the difference between the albuterol in my new nebulizer and the albuterol in my rescue inhaler?

Nothing really: The primary difference is the device used to deliver the albuterol. The medications are the same and if the device is used correctly, both techniques should yield the same beneficial results. ...Read more

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Smoking is not good, but I just need a answer because my son is take arithomycine and an inhaler albuterol sulfate but smokes, only like 2 a day?

Smoking is not good, but I just need a answer because my son is take arithomycine and an inhaler albuterol sulfate but smokes, only like 2 a day?

What's the question: You get the most from this site if you provide adequate background information and ask a clear related question. You have stated some information and that you understand smoking is bad, but what is your question? You are welcome to start over and clarify the issue. ...Read more

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Are there any asthmatics out there successfully using inhalers of albuterol?

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. Albuterol is used by asthmatics both in inhaler and nebulizer form. ...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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I was wondering is albuterol/ventolin a rescue inhaler?

Yes: Ventolin, proventil, and proair are all brand name rescue inhalers that contain albuterol. They are generally used every 4 hours for wheezing or shortness of breath from asthma and copd, or 15-30 minutes prior to exercise for patients with exercise-induced asthma. ...Read more

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Are there any inhalers with a substitute for albuterol?

Some: Albuterol is the generic name for both the nebulizer solution (albuterol) and a variety of different inhalers - proventil, proair, Maxair (not sure they make that any more) and ventolin. There is also Levalbuterol which is an isomer of albuterol that is supposed to cause fewer side effects. The brand name of that is xopenex (levalbuterol). ...Read more

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Is there is any danger involved in using an expired albuterol inhaler?

Do not use it: Out dated medication can be dangerous.
The compound may "break-down" and cause
just about any kind of adverse event such as hallucinations. ...Read more

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How long is it supposed to it take for an albuterol inhaler to kick in?

Albuterol: An albuterol inhaler is considered a rescue bronchodilator which means that bronchodialtion should begin in a matter of minutes. ...Read more

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What does the "ne" mean at the end of proventil (albuterol) inhaler ne?

What does the "ne" mean at the end of proventil (albuterol) inhaler ne?

Ne in Proventil (albuterol): It is a symbol of neon, an inert gaseous element in the atmosphere. ...Read more

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Can you tell me if there are dangers from using an expired albuterol inhaler?

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


Dr. Shah Chowdhury
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Inhaler (Definition)

It is a type of medication delivery system used to inhale aerosolized medications. The most well know of this is ...Read more