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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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Currently taking Flovent and Albuterol inhaler for asthma. Costly w/my insurance, non-formulary but Symbicort is on my preferred drug list. Thoughts?

Currently taking Flovent and Albuterol inhaler for asthma. Costly w/my insurance, non-formulary but Symbicort is on my preferred drug list. Thoughts?

Different actions: Flovent is an inhaled anti-inflammatory steroid used for basic control. Albuterol is a short acting anti-spasm drug that acts quickly to reverse bronchospasm. Symbicort is a combination of a steroid and a long acting agent that treats bronchospasm. It can only be used 2X/day and doesn't give you flexibility to treat sudden events. You should only change if & when your doc thinks it wise for you. ...Read more

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I have asthma. Dr prescribed Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) and resc inh albuterol and to keep taking singulair. Dr said to also use Combivent if needed. Is that safe?

I have asthma. Dr prescribed Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) and resc inh albuterol and to keep taking singulair. Dr said to also use Combivent if needed. Is that safe?

Asthma and meds: You stated "I have asthma. Dr prescribed Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) and rescue inhaler albuterol and to keep taking singulair. Dr said to also use Combivent if needed. Is that safe? Combivent has albuterol in it. It would be best to use one or the other as needed. Often patients with asthma will use albuterol or Combivent on a schedule then use more often
if not covered. ...Read more

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I have acute bronchitis. After using albuterol and Symbicort, (budesonide and formoterol) Bromfed and fluticasone nasal spray I am feeling a bit better. Can I drink alcohol?

I have acute bronchitis. After using albuterol and Symbicort, (budesonide and formoterol) Bromfed and fluticasone nasal spray I am feeling a bit better. Can I drink alcohol?

You can: The alcohol will not interact with those medications but the best advice if you are sick is to stay well hydrated and get some rest to ensure a full and rapid recovery. ...Read more

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Do I have to wait a certain amount of time after using my maintenance asthma med symbacort before I can use my albuterol?

No: Albuterol is typically used to treat symptoms of asthma including cough, wheeze, chest tightness and shortness of breath. The nice aspect of symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is that the formoterol component which is a long-acting bronchodilator also starts working very quickly (within a few minutes) just like albuterol. With that, most people don't need to use albuterol right after symbicort (budesonide and formoterol)! ...Read more

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I'm Asthmatic. I have done a peak flow which is 110 and also I have tooken my regular inhalers which are ventolin and symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) and prednisolone?

Asthma red zone: If it has been an hour since you used your Ventolin, you could repeat it once, and if your PEAK does not improve into the yellow zone, I strongly urge you to go to Urgent Care or ED for assessment. I hope you breathe better soon. ...Read more

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Peak flow is 120 and my chest is wheezy I have done ventolin Inhaler And symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) no effect and taken prednisolone do I go hospital?

Peak flow is 120 and my chest is wheezy I have done ventolin Inhaler And symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) no effect and taken prednisolone do I go hospital?

Yes: The peak flow is down, you have wheezing and probably short of breath. I would at least go to ER or urgent care center. The symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) and prednisolone are not for acute treatment. Hopefully you are not smoking. You need to talk to your doctor to get better advice for long term therapy.
BEst wishes. ...Read more

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I'm 6 weeks pregnant I have asthma. My dr said to stop my symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) n ventolin. But I've read my asthma needs to be controlled. Is my dr wrong?

I'm 6 weeks pregnant I have asthma. My dr said to stop my symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) n ventolin. But I've read my asthma needs to be controlled. Is my dr wrong?

Control your asthma: See an asthma specialist to help you manage your asthma. 1/3 of pregnant patients will have worsening asthma, 1/3 would have improvement of their asthma, and 1/3 will have their asthma stay the same. You want to use the least amount of medications to keep your asthma under control. Your asthma specialist may be able to help decrease your medications safely and monitor you closely during pregnancy. ...Read more

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On Qvar 50mg, ventolin, prednisolone for asthma flare up. I got switched to Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) from Qvar y'day &I'm drowsy. Is this normal? HR is 102/min laying

On Qvar 50mg, ventolin, prednisolone for asthma flare up. I got switched to Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) from Qvar y'day &I'm drowsy. Is this normal? HR is 102/min laying

Asthma flare: Neither the Qvar nor the Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) would cause drowsiness, low oxygen from asthma flare or may be low blood pressure may be the cause. Stay calm, don't move a lot till you settle, take your rescue medicine and call your doctor or go to ER, goodluck ...Read more

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I have chronic cough diagnosed as allergic asthma. I was on fluticasone & ventolin but not much difference. Doc prescribed Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol). Is this okay?

Yes: Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) is an excellent medicine for asthma. It needs to be used everyday as your doctor prescribed. It is what is known as a maintaince medication. You still should have ventolin to use as a rescue medication when you have wheezing or shortness of breath. Please followup with your doctor after you have been on Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) for 3-4 weeks. ...Read more

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My doctor prescribed me three meds prednisone 25mg/day, symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) 400microgram/day, salbutamol 2puffs if I need. Does that means I have severe asthma?

My doctor prescribed me three meds prednisone 25mg/day, symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) 400microgram/day, salbutamol 2puffs if I need. Does that means I have severe asthma?

Mgt/workup: The severity of your asthma upon presentation and prior to the use of any steroid preparation is distinct from the control of your asthma. Multiple medications may be needed to control your asthma. Determine the triggers, avoid smoke and obtain allergy/pulmonary function tests as part of your management and workup. Use good inhaler technique, a spacer device to deliver the inhaled meds ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: albuterol?

Please describe the medication: albuterol?

Bronchodilator: 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 as a oral liquid. ...Read more

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What are effects of proventil (albuterol)?

What are effects of proventil (albuterol)?

Various: Proventil, proair, and ventolin are all short acting drugs called albuterol (each made by different companies). All three can cause fast heart rate, tremor and gitteriness. ...Read more

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I starting taking albuterol. I feel weird. Is this normal?

Albuterol: Yes, you may feel palpitations, nervousness, tremor, nausea etc. But over the time you will be ok. ...Read more

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Is qvar similar to albuterol?

Different: Qvar is an inhaled steroid (beclomethasone) and is designed for regular use to prevent asthma. Albuterol is a quick relief short acting bronchodilator designed to be used "as needed" for acute asthma symptoms. They can be used together. ...Read more

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Can albuterol sulfate kill you?

Yes - an overdose: Could be fatal. If you are having thoughts about killing yourself, get seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you or call 911 for emergency services for transport. You can call the National suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 – talk (1-800-273-8255) for support. ...Read more

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What are albuterol side effects?

Jitters: Usually, it can make your heart beat faster (often not noticed if having problems breathing), cause temporary jitters/tremors, and make you feel a little anxious. Other symptoms would be less common. ...Read more

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Can albuterol worsen the whezzing?

Potentially yes: Any inhaled medication can potentially cause bronchospasm in susceptible individuals. It is difficult to predict who is susceptible until the product is tried. ...Read more

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Why would albuterol cause anxiety?

Why would albuterol cause anxiety?

Albuterol: A side effect from albuterol therapy can be anxiety because drugs in this class increase the heart rate, increase the blood pressure and these two symptoms can cause anxiety when the patient is not accustomed to this change in vital signs. ...Read more

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Is albuterol for a neubilizer good?

Is albuterol for a neubilizer good?

Albuterol: Albuterol is a type of beta-agonist. It acts by activating beta receptors in lungs which results in dilation and easier breathing. It can also speed up the heart rate because of its beta receptor effects. It has no steroidal activity. However, both bronchodilators and steroids are used in treatment of asthma. Albuterol is used by asthmatics both in inhaler and nebulizer form. ...Read more

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Physical side effects of albuterol?

Side effects albuter: Palpitation lasting for fewminutes, nervousness, tremors, irritability. With inhalers you may get throat irritation, headache and vomiting. Sometimes dry mouth and padoxial bronchospasm
most of the time the side effects are mild and short lived. ...Read more

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Will albuterol help relive the mucous?

Will albuterol help relive the mucous?

May help: To bring up the mucous in your lungs, but doesn't stop mucous production. Albuterol is a bronchodilator, meaning it helps to open up your airways so that you can breathe easier -and it also makes it easier to cough up any mucous that is in your airway, so in that sense it will help relieve you of your mucous! If the mucous is caused by allergies or bacterial infection you may need other meds too! ...Read more

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Help! What is albuterol and side effects?

Help! What is albuterol and side effects?

Bronchodilator: Albuterol is a bronchodilator that relaxes muscles in the airways and increases air flow to the lungs, it is used for treatment of asthma along with anti inflammatory. Side effects allergic reaction which is rare but reported causes swelling of the face, hives, difficulty in breathing. Other side effects are tremors, nervousness., seizures, worsening of bronchi spasm, pounding heart beat, low pottasium. ...Read more

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Could qvar and albuterol be used together?

Could qvar and albuterol be used together?

Yes: Qvar is an inhaled steroid that should be used on a regular basis. Albuterol is used as needed to give quick relief of symptoms. It is fine to use these two medications together. ...Read more

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How can I stop using advair and albuterol?

How can I stop using advair and albuterol?

Cure your asthma: Stop doing things that are hurting your lungs like smoking or living with people who smoke. Marijuana & tobacco are both bad for your lungs. Add omega-3 & vitamin d to your diet. See an allergist to find other causes for asthma. Allergy shots (immunotherapy), work to mature your immune system sharing concepts with homeopathy. Time-consuming but often curative. Just don't suddenly quit your meds. ...Read more

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What are the tests for albuterol overdose?

What are the tests for albuterol overdose?

See below: Vital signs ekg chest x ray blood work to eval pulmonary function and acid base eval for prob with lung function IV fluids. ...Read more

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Can an albuterol sulfate overdose kill you?

Can an albuterol sulfate overdose kill you?

Yes: Albuterol overdose could be fatal. If you are having
thoughts about killing yourself, get seen at the nearest emergency room now. Have a friend or relative drive you or call 911 for emergency services for transport. You can call the National suicide hotlines 24/7 at 1-800-suicide (1-800-784-2433) or 1-800-273 – talk (1-800-273-8255) for support. ...Read more

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How much albuterol can I give my 18 month old?

How much albuterol can I give my 18 month old?

Doctor's Orders: Please do not rely upon our advice here about this. This baby's physician would have a prescription and dosing schedule that you should follow. Please do not give medication to a child without a physician's recommendation. ...Read more

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How long do the side effects of albuterol last?

Short: These are short acting drugs with low half lives (ie the time it takes to clear the drug from the body). It would be rare to have symptoms that persist longer than six hours after dosing the albuterol. ...Read more

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Are little kids able to use albuterol inhalers?

Are little kids able to use albuterol inhalers?

Yes: It is actually more efficient for them to use an inhaler. Although, they should use an aerochamber, spacer, with the inhaler. ...Read more

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What are the symptoms of withdrawl from albuterol?

No withdrawal: Albuterol can have side effects and desired therapeutic effects. Discontinuing will result in the absence of the both, not a separate withdrawal syndrome. ...Read more

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Which has more side effects albuterol vs albuterol?

Albuterol: These are the same drug. Levoalbuterol may have less side effects (also called xopenex), but for most people is the same. ...Read more

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My face is fluffy from the albuterol what can I iso?

See doctor: This is not a common side effect of albuterol and would be concerned that there is another cause for your fluffy face and you should see your physician as soon as possible. ...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


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Proventil (Definition)

Proventil is an asthma beta receptor stimulator which is a kind of ...Read more