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I'm taking alupent (metaproterenol) inhaler. What are cheaper alternatives?

I'm taking alupent (metaproterenol) inhaler. What are cheaper alternatives?

Generics: Alupent (metaproterenol) is the trade name for metaproteronol. At this time there does not seem to be a generic formulation. However, albuterol - also a beta 2 specific agent- is available generically and can be cheaper. Check with your pcp about switching. ...Read more

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Inhaler (Definition)

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I'm taking alupent (metaproterenol) inhaler is there another inhalent that is equivalent?

I'm taking alupent (metaproterenol) inhaler is there another inhalent that is equivalent?

Albuterol: Albuterol will give you the same or perhaps a slightly better result. Many physicians prefer Levalbuterol (xopenex), a purified version of albuterol. While there is no body of clinical data prefering Levalbuterol over albuterol the similar cost & effect make both drugs attractive as rescue but not as controller drugs for asthma. Use the one your insurance plan covers. ...Read more

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Why do diabetes patient need to avoid alupent (metaproterenol)?

Why do diabetes patient need to avoid alupent (metaproterenol)?

Side effects: Alupent (metaproterenol) is not easily available but it can cause side effects such as jumpiness, tremors, and even bloof pressure problems. ...Read more

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What problems administering alupent (metaproterenol) to diabetes patient?

What problems administering alupent (metaproterenol) to diabetes patient?

Difficult to answer: I do not think Alupent (metaproterenol) is really available any more. But the problem with Alupent (metaproterenol) and diabetes patients is that it could either exacerbate or mask problems of blood sugar reactions. There is not direct problem with the drug and diabetes to my knowledge. It is an old drug that has really been taken over by albuterol which is given to diabetics without that warning. ...Read more

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Why caution in administering alupent (metaproterenol) to diabetes patient?

Why caution in administering alupent (metaproterenol) to diabetes patient?

Affects blood sugar.: Beta-2 agonists for asthma such as albuterol can increase blood sugar by releasing stored glycogen from the liver and stimulating the adrenergic system (adrenaline). They should be used with caution when diabetes mellitus is present and discussed with your endocrinologist. ...Read more

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What is the dosage for albuterol and alupent (metaproterenol)?

What is the dosage for albuterol and alupent (metaproterenol)?

And OR: Both open the bronchial tubes donot use both togather dose is 2 puffs every 6--8 hours use either or. ...Read more

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What is the difference between albuterol and alupent (metaproterenol)?

What is the difference between albuterol and alupent (metaproterenol)?

Similar: The major difference is that albuterol stimulates the heart less often than metaproterenol (alupent). Albuterol effectiveness also lasts an hour or so longer. ...Read more

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What are the side effects of administering alupent (metaproterenol) to diabetes patient?

What are the side effects of administering alupent (metaproterenol) to diabetes patient?

Alupent (metaproterenol): There is a remote possibility for Alument to interfere with your blood glucose levels but that is way down on the list of possible drug interactions.

Please go to the web and look up Alupent (metaproterenol) in the many articles listed. Look for distinct medical articles.

If you are still concerned after reading this - you shouldn't be - please contact your doctor. ...Read more

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What is the difference between albuterol and alupent (metaproterenol) for asthma?

What is the difference between albuterol and alupent (metaproterenol) for asthma?

Similar: Both are medications that are used as bronchodilators -- that is quick acting medications for asthma symptoms. Albuterol is probably the most commonly used. Haven't not seen Alupent (metaproterenol) used fro years. ...Read more

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What is the difference between albuterol and alupent (metaproterenol) for acute asthma relief?

What is the difference between albuterol and alupent (metaproterenol) for acute asthma relief?

Bronchodilators: Both drugs are bronchodilators, but Alupent (metaproterenol) has more side effects like palpitations and tremor. ...Read more

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I have been taking foradil and miflonide inhalers for one month, doctor prescribed it for two months. I wish to discontinue treatment is that possible?

I have been taking foradil and miflonide inhalers for one month, doctor prescribed it for two months. I wish to discontinue treatment is that possible?

Consult: I suggest that you call your physician- if you are feeling well now, your doctor may slowly reduce your dosing or wean you off medication. If you stop too soon, symptoms may come back, often in a stronger fashion-please get medical advice. ...Read more

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Why isn't my inhaler working?

Why isn't my inhaler working?

No medicine: No medicine left in, or if new-broken pump. ...Read more

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Why do inhalers make you jumpy?

Why do inhalers make you jumpy?

Muscle stimulation: The inhalers that make you jumpy are bronchodilators. They contain beta agonists which stimulate muscle. When they stimulate the smooth muscle in the lung, the broncial tubes relax to let more air in and out. But they also stimulate skeletal muscle (muscle connecting bones) causing tremor and cardiac muscle in the heart causing a mild increase in blood pressure and pulse. ...Read more

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Inhaler differences, effectiveness?

Inhaler differences, effectiveness?

Narrow focus: This is too broad a question to answer in 400 characters. Specific examples would be helpful. ...Read more

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Can you overdose on inhalers and die?

Can you overdose on inhalers and die?

Inhalers: Some people use the inhalers and stay at home when they should be seeking medical attention. So that they are in extremis when they finally make it to the hospital. There can also be paradoxical bronchospasm with albuterol use. If you are unclear as to how frequently you should be using an inhaler or concerned that it is not working-contact your doctor! ...Read more

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Is it ok to use someone elses inhaler?

Is it ok to use someone elses inhaler?

NO: If you need inhalers then go see your md and determine why you need the inhaler. Asthma can be deadly and one needs the right medications. If other issues with breathing they can be chronic. One needs to have the correct diagnosis.
Do not use other peoples drug!
not all that wheezes is asthma. ...Read more

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I took 3 puffs from my inhaler, what could happen?

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Nothing, most likely: If it was a rescue inhaler, you may become more anxious or tremulous for several minutes. If it was your maintenance inhaler, you probably won't have any significant side effects. Be reassured that many have taken more puffs without experiencing any problems. ...Read more

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What are the most popular brands of metered dosed inhalers?

Albutero/combivent: Albuterol is a bronchodilator working through beta two receptors. Ipratropium in Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) works through muscuranic recptors as an antiinflammatory. Albuterol is usally more of a rescue inhalier. It is short acting. You would benefit from being on something like advair or symbacort with albuterol to use in between those times when breathing is difficult. ...Read more

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Is there any signs when you know you have overdoesed on your inhalers?

Is there any signs when you know you have overdoesed on your inhalers?

Yes: And this is very dangerous! If you are using rescue inhalers more than a few times a day you must contact your dr for next step meds:inhaled steroids and others. This has very profound effects on your survival. ...Read more

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Taking inhaler and tablet montec-lc is have any sideeffect?

Side effects: In order to best answer your question, please include the name of your inhaler, doses of all medications, what side effects your might be having and all known medical conditions. Thanks ...Read more

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Do inhalers cure asthma?

Do inhalers cure asthma?

No: Unfortunately, the is no cure for asthma. Asthma is a chronic inflammatory lung disease that may "flare" depending upon an individual's triggers. Studies performed with disease "controllers" (oral leukotriene receptor antagonists and inhaled corticosteroids) to see if "cure" or prevention are possible. Unfortunately, any gains that are obtained while on those medications are lost when stopped. ...Read more

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Can inhalers cause asthma?

Possibly: Often inhalers can cause "bronchospasms". This is more common with powder inhalers than metered dose inhalers. ...Read more

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Does inhaler cause cancer?

Does inhaler cause cancer?

No it does not: Only smoke inhalation causes cancer. Other inhalers dispense medicines...And the medicines do not cause cancer. ...Read more

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How do I use a dry powder inhaler?

How do I use a dry powder inhaler?

Deep Breath: Most dry poder inhalers deliver a specific dose per use. The best way to use these devices is to put the device in your mouth and activate it the take a long slow deep breath that will cause all the powder to go in slowly and won't irritate your airway causing you to cough. ...Read more

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Can inhalers have steroids in them?

Can inhalers have steroids in them?

Some do, some don't: Steroids in some inhalers decrease chronic inflammation which leads to thickening of the wind pipe over time and worsening of asthma or copd. ...Read more

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Does a budesonide inhaler work well?

Does a budesonide inhaler work well?

Yes: It should work if used properly and remember Budesonide is used as a controller but not as a reliever, that is it should be used every day to prevent asthma flare ups, albuterol is use as a reliever, that is it should be used when wheezing, having chest tightness etc... ...Read more

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What is proair inhaler used to treat?

What is proair inhaler used to treat?

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 more

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Can you use an inhaler while pregnant?

Can you use an inhaler while pregnant?

Yes: Assuming it is for asthma. Your health is more important than the life of the fetus. You need to assure yourself of a good air flow. If not, you will be harming the baby as well as yourself. You should contact your OB to optimize your inhaler medication. ...Read more

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If I have asthma must I use an inhaler?

If I have asthma must I use an inhaler?

For persistent asthm: You need a daily anti-inflammatory inhaler if you have persistent asthma. That means that you have airway inflammation (swelling) that needs to be assessed by a bronchospasm evaluation that is done as a diagnostic procedure by board certified allergists. ...Read more

Dr. Tiffanie Noonan
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Metaproterenol (Definition)

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


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Alupent (Definition)

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