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Bronchodilator (Definition)

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


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Is it okay to use bronchodilator drugs like Albuterol if you have anxiety or panic disorders?

Is it okay to use bronchodilator drugs like Albuterol if you have anxiety or panic disorders?

Use Caution but OK: Caution should be exercised if taking albuterol with underlying panic/ anxiety disorders, as albuterol can cause anxiety. However, it can be used if you are relatively stable and the prescriber believes the benefits outweigh the risks. Xopenex (levalbuterol) may be a safer alternative vs. Albuterol- but may require the prescriber to call the insurance company saying you have an anxiety disorder to be covered ...Read more

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Is OTC bronchodilator pill ok to take?

Is OTC bronchodilator pill ok to take?

Shysters?: Many companies appear to want to make money.

Unsafe and inappropriate.

Lung specialist consultation is best/. ...Read more

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What are the uses of a bronchodilator?

What are the uses of a bronchodilator?

Bronchodilator: Short answer: to open up the airways that might be twitching or inflamed. There are short acting agonists (albuterol) used primarily for immediate and quick relief, and long acting agonists which are often combined with another medication used for controller therapy to minimize the need for short term rescue use. ...Read more

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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

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How do short acting bronchodilators function?

How do short acting bronchodilators function?

Relax smooth muscle: Saba (short acting beta-2 adrenergic agonist) work by activation of this beta-2 receptor on the smooth muscles that wrap around the small and medium airways in the lungs leading to relaxation and thus bronchodilation (opening up of narrowed airways as seen in asthma). ...Read more

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Wanted to know if bronchodilators can make you chubby?

Wanted to know if bronchodilators can make you chubby?

No: You're confusing bronchodilators with inhaled corticosteroids, even the latter won't, unless vey high doses for protracted periods. If you are an asthmatic, please keep regular follow up with your doctor/asthma specialist, wish you wellness ...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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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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Is bronchodilator the medicine inside the inhaler?

Likely: There are different types of inhalers for asthma. The most common types are albuterol (which is a bronchodilator) and inhaled steroids (which are not bronchodilators). ...Read more

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Why is a bronchodilator even called a bronchodilator?

Opens airways: They help open up (or dilate) the airways (the main one being called the bronchus). ...Read more

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What are the side effects of my bronchodilator medicine?

What are the side effects of my bronchodilator medicine?

Bronchodilators: The usual bronchodilators often causes some anxiety or jittery side effects, but a new form has less side effects (xopenex). Use of corticosteroid inhalers and longer acting bronchodilators is becoming more common to reduce the use, and thus side effects, of the standard bronchodilator albuterol. Other medications are also available to reduce the use of albuterol. ...Read more

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How do I stop a chronic cough without any more bronchodilators?

How do I stop a chronic cough without any more bronchodilators?

Diagnosis...: Your cough needs to be diagnosed by your doctor. Besides chronic bronchospasm, chronic cough can be caused by gerd, post-nasal drip or a combination of factors. All of these have different treatments, besides bronchodilators, so see your doctor for re-evaluation. ...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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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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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

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Why should someone use a bronchodilator before a corticosteroid?

Why should someone use a bronchodilator before a corticosteroid?

Works faster: Most bronchodilators (albuterol, levalbuterol) work fast to relieve bronchospasm, often a big part of most chronic inflammatory lung diseases like asthma, chronic bronchitis and COPD. Asthma in particular is treated with a mixture of what we call "reliever" and "controller" medication. Controllers (such as corticosteroids) are used long term to treat persistent or recurrent acute asthma. ...Read more

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Why does a bronchodilator exaggerate tachycardia?

Why does a bronchodilator exaggerate tachycardia?

Many effects: Remember that many bronchodilating medications work by stimulating certain receptors in the lung. But, these receptors are located elsewhere to, and have different effects when located in different organ systems. So while these meds may dilate the smooth muscle of the lungs, they can lead to increased heart rate when acting on the receptors around the heart. ...Read more

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Can bronchodilators cause tachycardia?

Can bronchodilators cause tachycardia?

Medication SEs: Yes. Of course. This side effect is probably number one on the list that comes with your prescription. ...Read more

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Loratidine 10 mg and bronchodilator ok to take together?

Loratidine 10 mg and bronchodilator ok to take together?

Yes: And often prescribed to use both. Bronchdilators help open the airways and loratidine helps blocks the allergic response. ...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 (metaproterenol) 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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Which to give first for asthma--bronchodilator or corticosteroids?

Which to give first for asthma--bronchodilator or corticosteroids?

Depends: The 2 medications you mention work very differently. For rescue therapy during an acute exacerbation with cough, wheeze, & trouble breathing, a bronchodilator is the right choice. However, if your asthma symptoms are more persistent, corticosteroids are a great choice to achieve symptomatic control. There are also times when you take the 2 together. Discuss with your doctor wha's best for you. ...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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Is bronchodilator the medicine inside the inhaler for asthma?

Is bronchodilator the medicine inside the inhaler for asthma?

Some...: Common medicines in inhalers to treat asthma include bronchodilator as well as steroid inhalers. ...Read more

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Is there an over-the-counter bronchodilator that I can use for my copd?

Is there an over-the-counter bronchodilator that I can use for my copd?

No...: Bronchodilators for COPD are prescription inhalers as well as steroid inhalers, which are also typically prescribed for the treatment of copd. See your doctor so these inhalers can be prescribed. ...Read more

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What is spirometry with bronchodilators and what info does it tell you?

What is spirometry with bronchodilators and what info does it tell you?

Asthma lung function: Spirometry measures how well & how quickly you can fill & empty your lungs. When asthma is present you may not be able to empty your lungs as fast as usual. This is easily recorded using a spirometer. After the initial test you are given a bronchodilator & the test is repeated. An improvement of 12% of more is considered evidence of "reversible bronchospasm" and consistent with asthma. ...Read more