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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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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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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.

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

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Can I take claritinn with albuterol nebulizer?

Yes: They are very different medications and have no interactions when used at the same time. ...Read more

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

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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Will heat affect my ALBUTEROL sulfate for my nebulizer about 78 to 80 degrees?

Will heat affect my ALBUTEROL sulfate for my nebulizer about 78 to 80 degrees?

Not at those: Temperature levels if left for a few hours only. Best to wrap the vials in foil or keep in refrigerator/ice chest when traveling. ...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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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

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