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Bronchodilator (Overview)

A bronchodilator opens airways by loosening the smooth muscle surrounding the airways. There are short and long acting bronchodilators that work in asthma and copd.


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What if bronchodilator is not working for me?

What if bronchodilator is not working for me?

See your doctor: Bronchodilators may cease to have an effect for a number of reasons - poor technique, expired medication, or most importantly, worsening underlying disease. See your doctor right away and have them meaure your lung function before and after you use a bronchodilator to truly see if it is "working" or not. ...Read more

Bronchodilator (Overview)

A bronchodilator opens airways by loosening the smooth muscle surrounding the airways. There are short and long acting bronchodilators that work in asthma and copd.


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Why are bronchodilators and corticosteroids often used together?

Why are bronchodilators and corticosteroids often used together?

Better control: Asthma is inflammation and bronchospasm (as well as mucus production) so a product that treats inflammation and one that treats the muscle spasm addresses the major components of asthma. It is more convenient to use one inhaler vs. Two, thus the combination inhalers for asthma. ...Read more

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What is the definition or description of: bronchodilator?

What is the definition or description of: bronchodilator?

Opens airways: A bronchodilator opens airways by loosening the smooth muscle surrounding the airways. There are short and long acting bronchodilators that work in asthma and copd. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter bronchodilator for copd?

Is there an over-the-counter bronchodilator for copd?

No: Until recently, the only otc bronchodilator available was primatene, but it has been phased out due to concerns about the propellants (cfc). It was also more appropriate for asthma than copd. ...Read more

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Why should you use bronchodilator before corticosteroid?

Why should you use bronchodilator before corticosteroid?

The BD works fast!: You did not say the condition being treated, but by the combination of drugs, it sound like an asthmatic condition. Bronchodilators open up the bronchioles immediately, while the inhaled steroids work longer, but do not work immediately. Combinations like this work well for most. Good luck! ...Read more

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Before albuterol what were the most commonly used bronchodilators?

Before albuterol what were the most commonly used bronchodilators?

Racemic epinephrine: Once upon a time (1980) albuterol was called a long-acting bronchodilator because its effects lasted for up to 6 hours. Earlier drugs were not as good. Alupent last 3-4 hours, isoetherane 1 hour, Epinephrine 20 minutes. Theophylline, an oral bronchodilator, lasted 1-2 hours in non time-release tablets. These other drugs caused tremor, arrhythmias, and stomach upset. Albuterol was a great advance. ...Read more

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Is airomir a newer kind of bronchodilator? How effective is it compared to others?

Is airomir a newer kind of bronchodilator? How effective is it compared to others?

No: Airomir is salbutamol, has been used in asia and australia for a long time, but not in the us. Don't we wonder why, with all the need for studies here to pass a drug? It is a b-agonist like albuterol. It is the carrier and the base that changed to change the feeling and the taste. It is an old medicine that is new to us. ...Read more

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Can using too much bronchodilator and corticosteroid be harmful?

Can using too much bronchodilator and corticosteroid be harmful?

Too much of anything: Using "too much" of almost anything can be harmful, especially medications. Bronchodilators can cause such effects as jitteryness and cardiac effects and if more than 2 times/week indicate the need for an inhaled steroid (ics). Ics's have a pretty wide safety dose range, but above recommended amounts may not add benefit. Oral steroids have multiple cumulative side effects. Use meds as prescribed. ...Read more