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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
Albuterol: Albuterol is a type of beta-agonist. It acts by activating beta receptors in lungs which results in dilation and easier breathing (helps wheezing). 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
Could taking certain medication (Albuterol, Flovent, Buspar) effect Syphilis Serology test results?
Highly unlikely: The initial tests for syphilis are screening tests which are quite sensitive but may be non-specific. If these are negative it is not going to be from medications you are taking. If positive they are almost always followed up with more specific testing to be sure that they were not biologically false-positive results. ...Read more
See below: It is a combo of 2 medications that act as short acting bronchodilators ...Read more
No: Albuterol is a quick relief medication to treat the bronchospasm associated with asthma. It is also used for copd. Pulmicort (budesonide) is an inhaled steroid used as a daily controller medication for asthma. Neither of these are used to treat pneumonia or bronchitis. Antibiotics are typically used to treat bacterial pneumonia and serious bronchitis. ...Read more
Reliever: Albuterol is a class of medicine known as a beta-agonist. Albuterol helps to relax the breathing tubes thus opening the airways so the patient can breathe normally again. These medicines work fairly quickly to relieve symptoms so they can be given regularly to prevent symptoms but can also be given at the first sign of an exacerbation to prevent progression of symptoms. ...Read more
If indicated, yes: An inhaler such as albuterol is likely being prescribed for someone at age 64 either due to COPD (lung disease from either smoking or heavy exposure to respiratory contaminants) or bad allergies with respiratory distress. You should check either with your doctor or pharmacist if combination of these drugs is of concern to you. However, it is not uncommon to see this type of prescription. ...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
I just got diagnosed with bronchitis. Prescribed albuterol inhaler and cefdinir. When should it go away and description of the medication?
3-7 days: Bacterial bronchitis usual begins resolving in 3-7 days after antibiotic initiation. If is is viral bronchitis then antibiotics will have no effect on resolution, and it may take longer. Any progressive fever, chest pain, or difficulty breathing while on therapy deserves a re-evaluation. ...Read more
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
On 250/50 advair/albuterol. Third time I've stopped mid-run because of serious shortness if breath, wheezing, and coughing. Change or up medication?
Go see your doctor: Advair 250/50 is different from & does not contain albuterol. Advair is a combination of an inhaled corticosteroid and a long acting beta agonist while albuterol is a short acting one. Advair is used to prevent asthma attacks while albuterol is used to rescue you from one. If you've had 3 attacks despite advair, you need to check w/your doc. Make sure you're using proper technique, too. Spacer? ...Read more
Will liquid albuterol help my sinus infection? I've been taking amoxicillin I was prescribed at the ER but couldn't afford the other medication. Nothing over-the-counter is helping! Please help I have a horrible cough and so much pressure in my head still
Can someone be hospitalized for bronchitis if prescription medication is not relieving chest tightness? Medications prescribed on 1/24/12: albuterol inhaler, cough sysrup with codeine, nebulizer treatment at urgent care facility on 1/24/12 only, predislon
See your personal MD: Medications prescribed are working against each other. Albuterol is a broncho dilator which helps you to cough up mucous. Codeine is a cough suppressant making it harder for you to cough up mucousrather than an urgent care center, it might be a better idea to make an appointment with your doctor to get you on proper medication. ...Read more
No: But I would be concerned about other behavioral health issues. See your doctor. ...Read more
Use Caution but OK: Caution should be exercised if taking albuterol with underlying panic/ anxiety disorders, as albuterol can cause anxiety. However, it can be used if you are relatively stable and the prescriber believes the benefits outweigh the risks. Xopenex (levalbuterol) may be a safer alternative vs. Albuterol- but may require the prescriber to call the insurance company saying you have an anxiety disorder to be covered ...Read more
Why do bronchodilating drugs (such as Albuterol) cause rapid pulse, nervousness and anxiety even when used as directed?
That's what they do: The medications you mention do that as part of their intended action. That's how dilation works. It's not an Asthma cure, but rather symptom relief. It mimics the release of adrenaline effects on our body that increase heart rate and breathing capacity to allow us to fight or flee is what it does. The tightness opens, but our heart also races and it's like we're being threatened. OK? ...Read more
How much time are pharmaceutical drugs like albuterol and advair detectable in the urine and the blood stream?
There are 3 drugs: Albuterol reaches a maximum plasma concentration in less than 15 minutes, and lasts about 4 hours. Advair is 2 medications - salmeterol and fluticasone. Salmeterol reaches a maximum concentration with a few minutes and is eliminated from the blood within 20 minutes. Fluticasone lasts for nearly 24 hours. ...Read more
Currently taking Flovent and Albuterol inhaler for asthma. Costly w/my insurance, non-formulary but Symbicort is on my preferred drug list. Thoughts?
Different actions: Flovent is an inhaled anti-inflammatory steroid used for basic control. Albuterol is a short acting anti-spasm drug that acts quickly to reverse bronchospasm. Symbicort is a combination of a steroid and a long acting agent that treats bronchospasm. It can only be used 2X/day and doesn't give you flexibility to treat sudden events. You should only change if & when your doc thinks it wise for you. ...Read more
Is it ok to take Albuterol as needed while I take Prozac (fluoxetine)? I saw on the drug interaction checker this can cause arrythmias? I have bad asthma.
Yes: If you need albuterol for rescue treatment don't avoid it because you are taking Prozac (fluoxetine). If you are requiring albuterol frequently make an appointment with primary doctor so that you can get your asthma worked up, sounds like you are poorly controlled. You might need to step up therapy with controller meds. Good luck. ...Read more
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
Typically, yes.: Based on thousands if not millions of patients who have used albuterol, it should be considered a reasonable and safe medication for use. Any medication however may have side effects, and some users seem more sensitive to the fast heart rate, irritability, and agitation that can be encountered with its use. Your own physician is your best advisor as to the dose & frequency should it be required. ...Read more
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
Yes, but...: You can put both together in the nebulizer; however, I prefer to separate them for this reason...Albuterol works fast to open up closed airways giving the Pulmicort a better chance of getting into the airways and decreasing inflammation. If you give both together, and there is significant airway spasm (closure), the Pulmicort may not be as effective. ...Read more