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Doctor insights on: Albuterol Pulmicort Treat Bronchitis Pneumonia

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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

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

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Lmy daughter has been on albuterol since 4 mo old also pulmicort. Neither helps. She gets very hyper and acts different what should I do?

Lmy daughter has been on albuterol since 4 mo old also pulmicort. Neither helps. She gets very hyper and acts different what should I do?

See an allergist: If she has been on these medications since 4mo without any improvement, I would question the diagnosis, and consider seeing a board-certified allergist. ...Read more

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How do I take Pulmicort and albuterol?

How do I take Pulmicort and albuterol?

Sequentially.: Albuterol is a fast-acting bronchodilator commonly used to open spasmodic bronchial tubes. Pulmicort is an slower-acting inhaled steroid used to combat the inflammation inherent with bronchospasm. Therefore albuterol is often referred to as a "rescue" medication to be used only episodically, whereas Pulmicort is classified as a maintenance drug requiring routine daily use for maximum effectiveness. ...Read more

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How long should bronchiolitis last in 3.5 month old. She's on albuterol and Pulmicort nebulizers, and Zantac (ranitidine) 3xday. Could it be more serious?

A month: The coughing and wheezing from bronchiolitis can last for a month. Typically it lasts about ten days, but it is not at all unusual to last 3 weeks or more. Follow up visits with your doctor weekly would probably be a good idea as other problems could occur such as an ear infection. ...Read more

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My cough variant asthma always flares up when I come down with a cold. So, is it safe for me to combine OTC cold meds with albuterol and pulmicort?

My cough variant asthma always flares up when I come down with a cold. So, is it safe for me to combine OTC cold meds with albuterol and pulmicort?

Use as directed: I assume you normally use pulmocort as a maintenance med and albbuterol as rescue--when you have a cold/flare up, use of albuterol may need to be increased for a short time. Otc cold meds can be used as directed in combo with your medications, but if symptoms not better or worsen after 3-5 days, I suggest consulting doc for eval/additional treatment etc... Good luck. ...Read more

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How do atrovent (ipratropium) & albuterol act differently in the lungs? My 5yo seems to do better when we add atrovent (ipratropium) nebs between her albuterol & pulmicort.

How do atrovent (ipratropium) & albuterol act differently in the lungs? My 5yo seems to do better when we add atrovent (ipratropium) nebs between her albuterol & pulmicort.

Mutually complement: Good morning, airway spasm in asthma results from net reduction in adrenergic (dilating) effect, or increase in bronchospastic (vagal) force. Albutrol promotes dilating force, while atrovent (ipratropium) blocks the constricting force - thus complementing the net beneficial effect on bronchial tubes. In asthma the symptoms are caused by decreased diameter of bronchial tubes. ...Read more

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My ped put my 3 yr old on Claritin (loratadine) and prescription singular with nebulizer with Pulmicort and albuterol, is it safe to have all the meds for allergys?

My ped put my 3 yr old on Claritin (loratadine) and prescription singular with nebulizer with Pulmicort and albuterol, is it safe to have all the meds for allergys?

Yes: These medications all work in different was to help control allergies and asthma. They all are approved to use in someone 3 years old. Usually we like to get things under control quickly and then taper medications when possible. ...Read more

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3.5 month old w/recurrent URI &retractions. Now on oral steroid &antibiotic on top of Pulmicort &albuterol nebs & zantac (ranitidine). When should I see improvment?

3.5 month old w/recurrent URI &retractions. Now on oral steroid &antibiotic on top of Pulmicort &albuterol nebs & zantac (ranitidine). When should I see improvment?

BRONCHIOLITIS: Looks like you already have all the necessary medications. Your baby will soon recover depending on the severity of the infection. Push fluid intake it will help liquify thick phlem. Make sure you observe the color of the baby for any cyanosis. If you are not sure, call your dr for consult. ...Read more

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I had very few asthma related problems.3 months ago I had walking pneumonia. Treated. Now dependent on albuterol inhaler 1-4x qd. Why? Will it change?

I had very few asthma related problems.3 months ago I had walking pneumonia. Treated. Now dependent on albuterol inhaler 1-4x qd. Why? Will it change?

Infection trigger: "walking pneumonia" refers to a pneumonia due to mycoplasma pneumoniae. This can trigger an asthma attack and possibly increase the risk of someone to develop asthma. Treatment with macrolide antibiotics can improve asthma control only in those patients who have evidence of infection in their airways. If albuterol is needed more than twice a week, a change in asthma treatment is needed. ...Read more

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Cough for three months. Started after bronchitis (got that treated). On singulair (montelukast) Zyrtec and albuterol but it's still super bad. How to rid this?

Cough for three months. Started after bronchitis (got that treated). On singulair (montelukast) Zyrtec and albuterol but it's still super bad. How to rid this?

See doctor: You need to make sure that you don't have something more chronic like asthma, sinusitis etc. Perhaps a chest x-ray and/or lung function test may be in order. Check with your doctor. ...Read more

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Started zyflo (zileuton) cr, nebuluzer pulmacort and albuterol 4 days ago. Peak flow still 60% of expected. How long should it take to improve?

See below: Your peak flow may not improve a whole lot. If you were having an exacerbation at the time you first did the peak flow and it was 60%, then it may improve. But if not, your looking to control symptoms, not necessarily get a good number on your peak flow. ...Read more

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Can I give my 6 year old son ritalin (methylphenidate) 10 mg while he's taking his asthma meds, albuterol and pulmacort respuse in his nebuliser?

Yes, you can: There is no contra-indication to continue to treat your son with ritalin, (methylphenidate) if he has been on the drug. If he has not taken the drug before, I would wait until his asthma is better. More importantly, at age 6 your son should be taught how to use a regular inhaler rather than a nebuliser. If he has not seen an asthma specialist, he should. ...Read more

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Can you use St. John's Wort with Ventolin, Albuteral, and Pulmicort?

Yes: No contraindication but beware of photosensitivity (sunlight) when using this herb. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use Pulmicort and ventolin during pregnancy?

Is it safe to use Pulmicort and ventolin during pregnancy?

Yes: If these are for asthma, the answer to your question is yes. Pulmicort is pregnancy category b which is good. Albuterol should only be used if needed and if you need it you should use it. However if you find that you are having to use your albuterol more than usual or find that it is not providing relief, you should be evaluated by your physician. ...Read more

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At what age can I give albuteral and pulmicort?

VAries: Albuterol and Pulmicort can be used in a wide age range including the very young and the very old. ...Read more

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Can I mix abuterol and Pulmicort in nebulizer for my 4 year old?

Can I mix abuterol and Pulmicort in nebulizer for my 4 year old?

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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I was given albuterol for bronchitis and it made me very shaky and heart beat very fast. Will I be OK taking it again?

Try Xopenex (levalbuterol) instead: Might need Xopenex (levalbuterol) instead (different form of albuterol), with less tendency to cause shakiness and fast heart beat. ...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


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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