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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?

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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Dr. Ronald Krauser
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Copd (Definition)

COPD may include chronic bronchitis, emphysema, or both. Chronic bronchitis is the production of increased mucus caused by inflammation. Bronchitis is considered chronic if you cough and produce excess mucus most days for three months in a year, two years in a row. Emphysema is a disease that damages the air sacs and/or the smallest breathing tubes in the lungs. ...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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How can I find out what else my mothe rcan use for COPD beside combivent (albuterol and ipratropium)?

How can I find out what else my mothe rcan use for COPD beside combivent (albuterol and ipratropium)?

Spiriva/equivalent: People with COPD have tissue destruction which makes the midsize airways bow. In my opinion inhaled steroid still is mainstay. Then we can add spirit or equivalent to keep these midsize airways open and if there is exacerbation or as rescue, albuterol can still be used and easier to get in with the above. Steroid is for inflammation and twitchy airway stabilizer. Other experts have varied opinions. ...Read more

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If a patient has COPD and CHF can you give them albuterol?

If a patient has COPD and CHF can you give them albuterol?

YES: If CHF is, stable, compensated and albuterol has to be used yes. There are alternatives, to try and stabilize COPD with maintenance medications so one doesn't need to use rescue albuterol too often.(inhaled steroids, laba's). ...Read more

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Was not taking ANYTHING for COPD Last year, now I need Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) or A/A neb tx every 4 hours around clock. Drs don't know why. Moved to new apt 2/14?

Was not taking ANYTHING for COPD Last year, now I need Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) or A/A neb tx every 4 hours around clock. Drs don't know why. Moved to new apt 2/14?

See below: Based on what you listed, sounds like you need to be evaluated and potentially have a few tests done. You also likely need to be on a maintenance medication. Depending on what state you are in, I would be happy to do a second opinion with you. ...Read more

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Which is better for COPD patients, albuterol inhaler or Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) inhaler?

Which is better for COPD patients, albuterol inhaler or Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) inhaler?

Unknown: Longer term studies show that both drugs are quick acting and relieve acute dyspnea/shortness of breath. It appears unlikely that either drug affects the natural history of asthma/copd. Longer acting drugs called maintenance inhalers are associated with significant decreases in exacerbation (flares) of these diseases and may affect lung function longer term. ...Read more

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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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Pt. With severe COPD and is non - responsive to inhaled steroids. Has tried "most" of the inhaled albuterols, combivents, (albuterol and ipratropium) and anti-cholinergis. ?

Pt. With severe COPD and is non - responsive to inhaled steroids.  Has tried "most" of the inhaled albuterols,  combivents, (albuterol and ipratropium) and anti-cholinergis. ?

See below: I would recommend discussing this with your pulmonologist or if you need a second opinion, find someone on here that has a UT license and discuss it with them. It's possible you aren't on the right medication or maybe have a different diagnosis. ...Read more

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Diag. Copd 7/13 fine til heavy yardsprays 5/13. Respiratory distress. Keep rebounding inandout. On albuterol. Scared side affects of advair.Sensitive?

Diag. Copd 7/13 fine til heavy yardsprays 5/13.  Respiratory distress. Keep rebounding inandout. On albuterol. Scared side affects of advair.Sensitive?

More therapy: You should avoid poor environmental conditions. You need maintenance therapy with aa laba/ics like advair which is quite safe with minor intolerance such as hoarseness. You also need a lama like spiriva or tudorza to improvee airflow. Lastly you need pulm rehab. ...Read more

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Can my 2 month old baby use a nebulizer with albuterol?

Can my 2 month old baby use a nebulizer with albuterol?

Yes: Under your doctors guidance only. Do not self treat in this age group as you may be misinterpreting baby's symptoms. ...Read more

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Can I mix together Pulmicort and albuterol in my nebulizer?

Can I mix together Pulmicort and albuterol in my nebulizer?

Yes: Yes, pulmocort and albuterol can be mixed in a single nebulizee treatment. Pulmocort is a controller medication that should be used regularly, whereas albuterol is a reliever medication that does not need to be used regularly. ...Read more

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Can you mix albuterol and budesonide in a nebulizer at once.

Yes: In fact most of my patients are instructed to do so to treat wheezing patient with acute bronchitis. Neb machine with both meds together- to be used twice a day. However if you need to treat wheezing more than twice/ day; albuterol alone ( without budges onside) can be used every 4-6 hrs. ...Read more

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Should I mix albuterol and Pulmicort together in the nebulizer?

Should I mix albuterol and Pulmicort together in the nebulizer?

No: While you can mix the 2 medications together, it is preferable to separate them. The albuterol should be given first because it will quickly open up the airways and allow the pulmicort a better chance to get further into the airways. The timing between the 2 is generally 10-20 minutes apart. ...Read more

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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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My daughter's albuterol for the nebulizer expired last month. Is it safe to use?

My daughter's albuterol for the nebulizer expired last month. Is it safe to use?

Albuterol expired: When medications get older they tend to loose potency over time. I would suggest getting a refill for the upcoming year as this medication is very useful during acute exacerbations of asthma. Would not want to have a sub-optimal/expired medication for emergency treatment if your daughter were to have worsening asthma. ...Read more

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Why does Albuterol make me sleepy? I use it in my nebulizer and it makes me really sleepy.

Why does Albuterol make me sleepy? I use it in my nebulizer and it makes me really sleepy.

Odd reaction: Albuterol is a stimulant, but some individuals react to medications differently, you may want to sit down with your doctor to see if you can find another inhalant that works bettet ...Read more

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Can i continue to use my ventolin inhaler, while I'm on peridosine and liquid albuterol in a nebulizer?

Can i continue  to use my ventolin inhaler, while I'm on peridosine  and liquid albuterol in a nebulizer?

Meds: Use either your ventolin or your nebulized albuteral. They are similar drugs. The Prednisone can be continued. All the best. ...Read more

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I have albuterol liquid for the nebulizer but it is expired for about a 1yr or 2 is it safe to use still?

Maybe: Even though the label shows expired it is possible that the medicine may still be good espicially if you kept it closed tight in cool environment. If it looks discolored, smells, or tastes bad, discard. ...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


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