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Does albuterol and Pulmicort treat bronchitis and pneumonia?

Does albuterol and Pulmicort treat bronchitis and pneumonia?

No: Neither treat pneumonia, but in patients who have underlying obstructive lung diseases like asthma or copd, pneumonia can worsen symptoms of these diseases and the inhaled medicines you mention can help treat these problems. Albuterol helps dilate the airways and relieve shortness of breath and pulmicort helps decrease airway inflammation and may also help relive symptoms but more slowly over time. ...Read more

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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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Are albuterol and Pulmicort good medications to treat bronchitis and pneumonia?

Are albuterol and Pulmicort good medications to treat bronchitis and pneumonia?

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

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My daughter has bronchitis and is on albuterol and pulmocort. At her follow up she was not as congested but now her chest hurts,do we go back to Dr.?

My daughter has bronchitis and is on albuterol and pulmocort. At her follow up she was not as congested but now her chest hurts,do we go back to Dr.?

CAll Dr.: At the least call the Dr. and give an update on her condition. It never hurts to see the Dr. since she is not improving, and may be developing an infectious cause for her symptoms, and or need some further treatment. etc. ...Read more

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Are there long term effects of using albuterol and pulmicort? My three year old has had to use them to treat his wheezing for over a month now

Are there long term effects of using albuterol and pulmicort? My three year old has had to use them to treat his wheezing for over a month now

Very few: Albuterol can cause tachycardia (fast heart rate) which ceases when the medication is metabolized. Pumicort is an inhaled steroid. Users of this can develop thrush (oral fungal infection). Rinsing the mouth after use usually prevents this. ...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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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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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 it safe to give 4yr old son Pulmicort and albuterol?

Is it safe to give 4yr old son Pulmicort and albuterol?

His prescription?: Both pulmicort and albuterol are to 4 year olds regularly; however, you should only give it to him if it is his prescription and you have the instructions for him as prescribed by his pediatrician. ...Read more

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Is it a bad idea to mix together Pulmicort and albuterol in my nebulizer?

Yes: But not because it is dangerous. A lot of people mix the 2 together for convenience; however, it is more effective to take albuterol 1st and wait about 10 minutes to take the pulmicort 2nd. This makes sense because albuterol will work quickly to open up the airways allowing the pulmicort to get further into the airways. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi. May be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics , steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can ...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