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Doctor insights on: Albuterol Sulfate For Bronchitis

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Does albuterol sulfate cause heart palpitations and increased pulse? If so, how long does effect last after dose? Doctor prescribed for bronchitis.

Does albuterol sulfate cause heart palpitations and increased pulse? If so, how long does effect last after dose? Doctor prescribed for bronchitis.

It often does: Give your physician a call, especially if your heart is doing more than 5 flipflops per minute or it bothers you. It's not especially dangerous. By the way, if you've needed a rx for albuterol, you may have a tendency to asthma / bronchitis and this would be a great time to ask for help stopping smoking. Best wishes. ...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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Budesonide inhalation suspension 0.5 mg or albuterol sulfate 2.5mg. I have chronic bronchitis and I have both of these for my "at home" breathing treatments. Which would help most?

Budesonide inhalation suspension 0.5 mg or albuterol sulfate 2.5mg. I have chronic bronchitis and I have both of these for my "at home" breathing treatments. Which would help most?

Depends: The two meds you list are very different and intended for different purposes. Budesonide (pulmicort) is a steroid to reduce inflammation where as albuterol is a smooth muscle relaxer designed to reduce bronchospasm of the smaller airways surrounded by smooth muscle fibers. Albuterol's effect is very brief and temporary. Budesonide use provides sustained beneficial effects to prevent flare up. ...Read more

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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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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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I just got diagnosed with bronchitis. Prescribed albuterol inhaler and cefdinir. When should it go away and description of the medication?

I just got diagnosed with bronchitis. Prescribed albuterol inhaler and cefdinir. When should it go away and description of the medication?

3-7 days: Bacterial bronchitis usual begins resolving in 3-7 days after antibiotic initiation. If is is viral bronchitis then antibiotics will have no effect on resolution, and it may take longer. Any progressive fever, chest pain, or difficulty breathing while on therapy deserves a re-evaluation. ...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

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Is there any other med to take other than albuterol for asthma or bronchitis? I think I have an allergy to albuterol. I didn't know of any other med.

Is there any other med to take other than albuterol for asthma or bronchitis? I think I have an allergy to albuterol. I didn't know of any other med.

There are several: I doubt you are "allergic" to albuterol, a nephew of the adrenaline we make as a stress hormone. It is common for some who use it often to loose most of its benefits. You should discuss your symptoms and past management with your doc. Their are oral meds and inhalers that work differently that should help. However, their benefits require fine tuning and a visit would be worth it. ...Read more

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Female, age 70, has the third severe bronchitis like symptom in a year, each lasting more than 3 weeks. Albuterol inhaler causes more cough. Cause?

Female, age 70, has the third severe bronchitis like symptom in a year, each lasting more than 3 weeks. Albuterol inhaler causes more cough. Cause?

COPD?: She may have copd. Cxr and pfts are very useful. Most patients need anti inflammatory medications such as inhaled steroids. Spiriva is often quite useful also. Albuterol dilates the airways but does not treat the underlying inflammation. Have her checked by a lung doc. ...Read more

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Will the use of a nebulizer with a vile of albuterol help with a viral bronchitis infection?

Will the use of a nebulizer with a vile of albuterol help with a viral bronchitis infection?

Not likely: Albutrol is effective on viral infection. If you have asthma that may be worsened by the infection, it may help in controlling asthma.
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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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How long does it take bronchitis with cough induced asthma to improve? Albuterol nebs 4xday. Only better with lots of treatments. Is that good or bad?

Bad: When things are that bad, albuterol is not enough, you need a controller inhaler that has steroids and depending how bad things are, you may need oral steroids. Plus excess albuterol will worsen your atrial fibrillation. Call you doctor and get treated adequately. ...Read more

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Have bronchitis, inhaler and neb treatments not really helping. What else can I do? *on cipro&albuterol*

Bronchitis: There are a few things I would recommend. First of all, you may wish to discuss the choice of antibiotics with your physician. The most correct way to treat an infection is with a culture of your phlegm. You may also need a chest xray, or be a candidate for inhaled and/or oral steroids. At home, try using humidifier for easier breathing. ...Read more

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How I take care my one year old child with bronchitis and also has I lot of fever I went to de doctor. Ahn the doctor gives to him albuterol?

Bronchiolitis: Your son could have inflamation of bronchioles likely viral, ie why your doctor gave albuterol.If he keeps getting sicker then he should undergo more tests. ...Read more

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I have POTS and HR is 80s-110, depending. I get Bronchitis and am wondering if Albuterol type inhalers are safe for me when I get wheezing sound?

In terms of safety: There should not be any significant difference in a patient with POTS or a normal individual. Albuterol inhalers are associated with an increase in heart rate but if you are well hydrated and not standing when you use them this will not exacerbate your POTS. ...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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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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I can't use Albuterol due to rapid HR. Will my Bronchitis and congestion I hear in my chest get better without it? On Prednisone for 5 days.

Bronchitis: Hello and welcome to HealthTap :)

It depends how bad your symptoms are if you don't use the albuterol inhaler? It is also important for us to know if you have COPD, asthma or a viral bronchitis?

You can try using the levoalbuterol it has less cardiac side effects.

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Is it safe to give my 5 year old albuterol from breathing treatment machine. It was prescribed to my 11 month old for bronchitis?

Is it safe to give my 5 year old albuterol from breathing treatment machine. It was prescribed to my 11 month old for bronchitis?

Only if doctor says.: If your 5 year old has been diagnosed with asthma previously and is now having the same symptoms, you can give it, but call your pediatricians and let them know you're doing so. If your 5 year old has never had this problem before, it's best to have him/her seen by the pediatrician to get a correct diagnosis and see what the best treatment is for that diagnosis, since it may not be asthma. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with bronchitis, I was put on albuterol treatments. I woke up this morning with numb fingers and toes. What could this be?

I was diagnosed with bronchitis, I was put on albuterol treatments. I woke up this morning with numb fingers and toes. What could this be?

Reactions: Although there are no overt drug to drug interactions with all your meds they all have overlapping side effects. This results in a chaotic setup for a number of additional problems. Even your primary issues could cause that reaction. Check with your doc. Not to worry. .. Oh an additional idea is to get one of those home pulse o2 meters to see where your 02 levels are which will help your doc. ...Read more

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My daughter has been put on albuterol for machine and flovent inhaler. Prednason. How far apart should be taken? She's 11 with bronchitis, asthma rsv.

No relation: The Flovent inhaler should be administered either once or twice a day, everyday. This will only prevent her from becoming ill. The Prednisone should be limited to a 5 day course and is typically administered daily. The albuterol is your rescue medication. You shoudl give it to your daughter when she is having trouble breathing. You can safely give it every 3 hours if you have to. ...Read more

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I have POTS, on beta blocker for rapid HR. Frequently also get Bronchitis. Is Albuterol a safe breathing treatment for me, with my tachycardia & meds?

POTS: Hello and welcome to HealthTap :) Usually the tachycardia related to POTS is postural, if you lay down it should be relatively safe, which is obviously not possible all the time. The second option would. Levoalbuterol which causes very less tachycardia if any.

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2 yr o asthmatic with bronchitis and RSV on inhaled albuterol every 3 hrs. Pulse ox 180/92 and temp 103. Is her heart rate too high even for albut?

Safety of Albuterol: With the numbers you give, I am assuming that the child is being treated in the hospital. If so, with good nursing monitoring, continued use of albuterol should be safe. The heart rate goes up with fever as well as the medication. Children generally tolerate high rates. If the child is not in the hospital, struggling with the numbers you give, he/she certainly should be checked again. ...Read more

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Dr said my chest xray was normal and no rattling. Why and how diagnose bronchitis and pleurisy again with steroids/zithromax/albuterol?

Dr said my chest xray was normal and no rattling. Why and how diagnose bronchitis and pleurisy again with steroids/zithromax/albuterol?

Inflamed lungs: Your chest x ray can be fine but your tobacco can certainly keep you coughing and irritated. It can also worsen your allergies. Consider giving up the cigarettes and drinking much more water. ...Read more

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3 yr old was said to have bronchitis and asthma, is on day 5 of omnicef, (cefdinir) prednisone & albuterol. No improvement. Still wheezing. Now what?

3 yr old was said to have bronchitis and asthma, is on day 5 of omnicef, (cefdinir) prednisone & albuterol. No improvement. Still wheezing. Now what?

Concerned not better: This may be viral and take a few more days, but other causes of wheezing such as a foreign body aspiration in a 3 year old should be considered. Check back with your doctor and consider seeing a board certified allergist. ...Read more

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I have (likely) viral bronchitis. No fever but on oral steroids albuterol biaxin (clarithromycin) and still short of breath. What now? Increase roids?

I have (likely) viral bronchitis. No fever but on oral steroids albuterol biaxin (clarithromycin) and still short of breath. What now? Increase roids?

Depends: Depends how long u have been on treatment. If u just started then be patient. If end of u'r treatments u need to call u'r doc for follow up as u may require her/him to listen to chest again or order CXR. Even possibly to get a spirometry test on u. Inhaled steroids and long acting beta agonist, (Advair/Symbicort/Dulera), may be needed instead of more oral steroids? ...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