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Taking avelox prednisone and albuterol nebulizer. Coughed really bad and had urine leakage. It was brown. I also have endometriosis.

Taking avelox prednisone and albuterol nebulizer. Coughed really bad and had urine leakage. It was brown. I also have endometriosis.

Urine analysis: You should consider having your doctor do a urine analysis. This type of analysis involves giving a small sample of urine and testing urine to make sure that there is no bacteria in the urine. Sometimes medications especially antibiotics can cause color changes to occur in the urine as well. ...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 gave my 8 year old his 3 year old brother's albuterol nebulizer for bad cough and it helped, will he have bad side effect? He is sleeping so good

I gave my 8 year old his 3 year old brother's albuterol nebulizer for bad cough and it helped, will he have bad side effect? He is sleeping so good

He'll be fine.: Rule #1: never give another child a patient's medications. Rule #2: if you do, let your pediatrician know. Rule #3: don't give the lungs medicine without listening to them first. Ok, now to answer your question, due to his bigger body weight/size, he can handle the little guy's dosing. You could have hit the nail on the head, and surmised correctly that he may have cough-variant asthma. Follow-up. ...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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I have a bad cough and am wheezing as well. My albuterol has expired 2011. Was wondering if it would hurt to try the nebulizer anyway to see if it would help wheezing?

I have a bad cough and am wheezing as well. My albuterol has expired 2011. Was wondering if it would hurt to try the nebulizer anyway to see if it would help wheezing?

Unlikely: It's unlikely that it would "hurt" to try the nebulizer, but it's equally unlikely that it will help. Not only has the active ingredient degraded over time, but the aerosol may have dissipated as well. What could "hurt" is an unnecessary delay in seeking appropriate care for a potentially serious medical condition. Please see your doctor ASAP! ...Read more

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My daughter got a nebulizer with albuterol. She is 2 and my son is 6 months old and is wheezing really bad with a cough. Is it safe to use hers for hi?

My daughter got a nebulizer with albuterol. She is 2 and my son is 6 months old and is wheezing really bad with a cough. Is it safe to use hers for hi?

Mgt/workup: I would suggest a follow up for both of your children. The nebulizer has tubing which should be used only by one patient at a time. The mask spacer aerochamber is an effective more convenient way to deliver the inhaled medication.
A virtual appointment can be scheduled, so that I may obtain more information and provide management options. ...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?

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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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.

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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My 3 1/2 yr old uses albuterol and budesonide in nebulizer 2x a day to treat cough and congestion due to allergies. Is it safe to keep using often.

My 3 1/2 yr old uses albuterol and budesonide in nebulizer 2x a day to treat cough and congestion due to allergies. Is it safe to keep using often.

Depends on conditio: Albuterol is a bronchdilater and Budesonide is an inhaled steroid (anti inflammatory) prescribed in children and adults for bronchial asthma.Depending on the severity of asthma it may have to be used often if needed and prescribed under medical supervision and it is safe. Budesonide is a controller medicine, means it controls the inflammation and albuterol is a bronchodilator used for symptom relief. ...Read more

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Do I need a prescription to buy sterile saline for a nebulizer? Will it work to break up chest congestion? Cough, not wheezing-don't need albuterol.

Do I need a prescription to buy sterile saline for a nebulizer? Will it work to break up chest congestion? Cough, not wheezing-don't need albuterol.

Not really: Well, looks like you've got the albuterol in case you need it. Keep in mind that sometimes the body's response to inflammed airways is a cough, so albuterol may help that as well.
Sterile saline is available at any corner drug store, wal-mart, target, etc. In fact, many wound washes you find in the first-aid section are just sterile saline. Just read the bottle. Good luck, and see your doctor! ...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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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

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

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Is it safe to take Robitussin Cough + Chest Congestion DM while on Lexapro, (escitalopram) Synthroid, Zyrtec, Dymista Nasal Spray & Albuterol nebulizer?

Is it safe to take Robitussin Cough + Chest Congestion DM while on Lexapro, (escitalopram) Synthroid, Zyrtec, Dymista Nasal Spray & Albuterol nebulizer?

Many meds: At your age (or anyone else for that matter) taking five medicines and wanting another one is not smart unless your doctor has told what medical problems you have.
Having said that, if your doctor did prescribe those meds, over time the meds should be reduced.
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Is it okay to give albuterol thru nebulizer to my youngest child (5yrs) who has been coughing daily?

Is it okay to give albuterol thru nebulizer to my youngest child (5yrs) who has been coughing daily?

Need maintenance Rx: Nebulizers are good, but with a little practice, 5 year olds should do well with a metered dose inhaler (mdi, often called a puffer) & spacer. (spacers = large "tubes" to use between the child & the mdi; they help make sure the medicine gets into the lungs where it helps.) mdis are much easier + kids can gain some independence. But, daily albuterol need means you need maintenance rx. See your doc. ...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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I have this same question. My daughter is doing a lot of coughing, no wheezing, and has a runny nose. Would the nebulizer and albuterol be helpful?

I have this same question. My daughter is doing a lot of coughing, no wheezing, and has a runny nose. Would the nebulizer and albuterol be helpful?

Mgt: Since she has a history of using Albuterol, you can try one dose to see if it helps her cough. During a cold, keeping her nose clear using nasal saline, suction or blowing her nose can help to reduce post nasal drip. ...Read more

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I use a nebulizer with my albuteral and now i. Have a cough what can I do for it?

I use a nebulizer with my albuteral and now i. Have a cough what can I do for it?

Call your doc: O/c cough meds may help a cough caused by drainage, but if it is from something else and the albuterol is not helping, you need to see your doc. ...Read more

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Should we start ventolin nebulization during streptococcal tonsillitis and cough (if wheezing starts) for a child around 4?

Should we start ventolin nebulization during streptococcal tonsillitis and cough (if wheezing starts) for a child around 4?

No: Ventoline has no effect on the tonsils nor the swelling in that area. It may cause increased heart rate and other unpleasant side effects. If the child has reactive airway disease and gets ventoline as part of his treatment, then he should follow treatment plan outlined by his doctor for acute exacerbations of his symptoms. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...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