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Doctor insights on: Albuterol Nebulizer Treatment Safety For Pregnant Women

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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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What should be given first? A nebulizer treatment (albuterol) or advair?

What should be given first? A nebulizer treatment (albuterol) or advair?

Rescue/maintenance: Albuterol is a rescue medication (unless used before exertion) and it's frequency of use dictates the status of ones airways. Ideally albuterol should be used rarely if at all but that is not always the case.
Advair is a daily maintenance medication. It's use should in theory reduce or eliminate the need for the use of a rescue medication (eg albuterol). If both are needed albuterol is first. ...Read more

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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?

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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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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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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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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Are albuterol nebulizer treatments safe for a 9 month old baby?

Are albuterol nebulizer treatments safe for a 9 month old baby?

Yes: The efficacy and safety has been proven as long as infant receives standard dose for reactive airway disease. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give my child two back to back treatments of albuterol in her nebulizer if she continues to wheeze?

Is it safe to give my child two back to back treatments of albuterol in her nebulizer if she continues to wheeze?

Asthma Flare: Important first to have an asthma action plan so that you and your child's doctor can better manage your child's asthma. Albuterol is considered a rescue medicine. Asthma care also includes use of controller medications such as inhaled steroids, leukotriene antagonists, cromolyn. Also trigger control can prevent the need for frequent rescue med use. Meet with your child's doctor and set up a plan. ...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.

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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I am 33 weeks pregnant, sinus drainage and coughing for 3 wks. Using albuterol nebuluzer & inhaler for ~2 weeks & started wheezing last night.

Call your doctor...: I'm guessing you have underlying asthma, and it sounds that your sinus symptoms may be developing into an asthma exacerbation. You may need a course of steroids to stabilize your asthma at this point. I notice you live near my office, if you have trouble with your asthma control in general or can't get ahold of your doc, feel free to call and make an appt. If you get worse, consider er visit. ...Read more

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Do you know if it is ok to continue taking singulair (montelukast)? What about Proventil or a nebulizer? I also take zyrtec but unfortunately I'm miserable without Zyrtec.. I'm 5.5 weeks pregnant.

Do you know if it is ok to continue taking singulair (montelukast)? What about Proventil or a nebulizer? I also take zyrtec but unfortunately I'm miserable without Zyrtec.. I'm 5.5 weeks pregnant.

Treat the cause : instead of all these meds did you know that you could treat the cause of asthma and sinuses etc and then you may not need these meds. Usually causes are environmental and nutritional. Please visit us at www.ehacstl.com to learn how to treat the cause. If interested you can make samina naqshbandi appointment for consultation ...Read more

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What is considered an albuteral overdose ,How many puffs and how many nebulizer treatments ?

What is considered an albuteral overdose ,How many puffs and how many nebulizer treatments ?

Follow rx directions: first of all there are directions issued for all medications including inhalers and nebulizer treatments. these directions avoid overdose. If the amount prescribed isnt helping then a call to your doctor for further directions is required. Otherwise overdosing on these causes rapid heart rates ,agitation, jittery ,dizzyness. ...Read more

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Is Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Is Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) safe for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding?

Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium): Pregnancy class c so the benefits have to outweigh the risks. Speaking with your ob/gyn and lung specialist would be the best way to determine if this is the safest medication for you. ...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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Are nebulizer meds toxic if ingested po? (hasn't happened. Thinking of revising storage for toddler- they are up high) (albuterol, pulmicort, atrovnt

Are nebulizer meds toxic if ingested  po? (hasn't happened. Thinking of revising storage for toddler- they are up high) (albuterol, pulmicort, atrovnt

Probably: I think there would be some risk, but I am not aware of how well or how much these drugs are absorbed from the digestive tract. Your local poison control center could answer this question. And yes safety is critical. ...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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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 a child have liquid albuterol and a breathing treatment at same time, or do you wait for some time in between them?

Can a child have liquid albuterol and a breathing treatment at same time, or do you wait for some time in between them?

Wait: Liquid albuterol is a very ineffective treatment for wheezing. And, as far as I am concerned, should never be used. However, you definitely do not want to give them at the same time. Throw the liquid away! ...Read more

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4yr old given 4 puffs of albuterol every 6 he's in the hospital should I continue that treatment when she has the similar sickness?

4yr old given 4 puffs of albuterol every 6 he's in the hospital should I continue that treatment when she has the similar sickness?

Don't self medicate: Four puffs for a four year old seems a bit much. Follow your doctors instruction after your child is discharged from the hospital. ...Read more

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I have shortness of breath when first getting up. I use albuterol 0.83% in a nebulizer but it takes an hour before i can move around normally.

Persistent asthma: Or worsening asthma/copd often requires daily maintenance therapy, possibly inhaled steroid medicine, i would check with your doctor and ask for a spirometry lung function) test to diagnose your condition. ...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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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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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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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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