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Alternatives To Ventolin
Mild night asthma, Given Dulera (formoterol and mometasone). seem to be better options for asthma maintenance meds, please recommend. Need to avoid interaction with Beta Blockers?
Or avoid b blockers: unless b1 selective, which should be used with caution too, also Delera is a combo medicine , contains Inhaled CorticSteroid, in adiition to a long acting beta agonist (LABA) which are better avoided, if not extremely needed while on B blockers, generally those LABAs better be discontnued once asthma is controlled with other maintenance meds, please talk again to your doctor, take care ...Read more
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
Pills/shots: An older treatment was oral theophyllin a cousin of caffeine that was taken every 6-12 hrs depending on the form. The side effects included hyperactivity and occasional seizures if taken in excess. The inhalers use the lungs as a delivery site, and proper use simplified treatment and control.Proper training in inhaler use is often not given and leads to poor effectiveness. ...Read more
For some: The mainstay of asthma treatment is inhaled corticosteroid therapy. However, in some patients with elevated ige levels, there is an injectable (but expensive) drug available. Some pulmonologists also offer a procedure that can reduce the thickened muscle in the airways. This is a procedure that requires three outpatient bronchoscopies (scope in the lung). Not for everyone, but may be option. ...Read more
PCP gave me Breo to try for asthma. Tried once, seemed OK. FDA hates. Other MD switched me to Symbicort (budesonide and formoterol). Cannot tolerate. Is Breo safe?
They are similiar: Keep in mind that these are similiar inhalers, they both contain an inhaled steroid. the breo in addition contains a long acting brohchodilator. Each of these inhalers are considered " preventive inhalers" and taking one dose on one day would not be helpful. They both take several weeks of dosing as prescribed to feel better! Is there a reason for the doctor switch? ...Read more
What natural alternative could you use to replace using albutenol and pulmicont to treat coughing and wheezing?
What is "natural"?: Nearly all drugs are purified synthetic forms of naturally occurring plant alkaloids or endogenous substances. Despite extensive research, no well done studies show superiority or even equivalence of "alternative" treatments compared to standard bronchodilators and anti-inflammatory drugs you refer to. These are very safe and work very well for the majority of asthma related cough & wheezing. ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Typically, yes.: Based on thousands if not millions of children who have used albuterol (generic proventil), it may be considered a reasonable and safe medication for use. Any medication however may have side effects, and some children seem more sensitive to the fast heart rate, irritability, and agitation that can be encountered with its use. Your own pediatrician is your best advisor as to the dose & frequency. ...Read more
Albuterol: Nope. Not at all.Get a more detailed answer ›
Wilson Is there a rescue inhaler to replace Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) that doesn't cost $375.00?
Yes, but also pricey: Unfortunately all inhalers are now expensive since manufacturers were able to start re-patenting generics due to new restrictions on inert ingredients in the devices. For COPD, Atrovent (ipratropium) is effective. Ventolin or ProAir (albuterol), although better for asthma, are effective as well in COPD especially if you are on a long-acting controller such as Spiriva or Tudorza. ...Read more
See below: Advair is Flovent plus serevent (salmeterol) so Flovent is naturally somewhat less effective. If it is enough to control your asthma, stick with flovent. There has been a lot of controversy about salmeterol actually increasing the risk of death. That and its benefits have to be balanced carefully. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Asthma: Proair is a brand name for albuterol, used to open airways during times of shortness of breath as a rescue medication for people with asthma. Sometimes people without asthma can get asthma like symptoms such as wheezing and inhalers like proair are helpful for these situations as well. It is short and quick acting making it ideal for rescue in times of acute sumptoms. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
Can you tell me about epinephrine inhaler vs albuterol differences and effectiveness comparisons please?
Albuterol: is more specific to your lungs and less likely to cause cardiac problems ...Read more
No: As a physician, if a patient is consulting with me for evaluation and treatment of a major depressive illness, I am going to recommend what i believe is the most effective, safe treatment. If that is treatment for low thyroid, i recommend that. If they have a general medical illness, such as diabetes, i recommend they treat that. For most typical depressions, i recommend an antidepressant. ...Read more
Oral meds may help: For asthma that is out of control, the addition of nonsteroidal anitinflammatory med like montelukast may help, or a short course of oral steroids. Some people still respond to theophylline orally. Pulmonary function tests can distinguish between the bronchospasm seen with asthma from the laryngospasm and difficulty inhaling often seen with anxiety or panic. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Other BP meds: There are many alternative families of BP meds that can be used in asthmatic patients. Even if one has a medical condition where a beta blocker is the best choice, there are some of that family that affect asthma less than others. Discuss options with fp/allergist/ pulmonologist/internist. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
When taking a new prescription for combivent (albuterol and ipratropium), (albuterol and ipratropium) do I dc my advair or take them both? Have been unable to reach the prescribing doc and need to start combivent (albuterol and ipratropium).
What is a less expensive alternative to Dulera (formoterol and mometasone) and Advair in controlling asthma symptoms?
Hard Question!: those are great meds. You obviously need several controllers for your asthma and I'm sure you have been given meds for acute use. There are patient assistance programs and some alternatives. Please discuss with your doctor what is best for you as an individual. The important part is breathing, it is not overrated. Meds are expensive but so is the ER! ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer