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I've been told albuterol makes kids hyper. Three time in the last two days he has passed out asleep within 5 minutes of his albuterol. Why is that?

I've been told albuterol makes kids hyper. Three time in the last two days he has passed out asleep within 5 minutes of his albuterol. Why is that?

Common: Happens also in adults, after effective airway opening, irritability that accompanies tightened airways goes and patients feel relaxed and want to sleep. Being hyper after having it is just a side effect that may or may not happen, not in every case ...Read more

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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Is albuterol / proventil safe to give to children?

Is albuterol / proventil safe to give to children?

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

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How often during the day should I give my child albuterol?

How often during the day should I give my child albuterol?

Albuterol: Assuming you mean for asthma treatment. Depending on age, usually kids will be prescribed 1-2 uffs by inhaler every 4-6 hrs. Albuterol is a type of beta-agonist. It acts by activating beta receptors in lungs which results in dilation and easier breathing. Please speak with your physician about actual dosing for your child. ...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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Does the albuterol work for cold because my child has a cold by 3 months?

Does the albuterol work for cold because my child has a cold by 3 months?

Bronchodilator: Albuterol is a bronchodilator, a medication that opens your airways to allow better airflow, and is not for used mainly for treating colds, especially in a 3 month old. I would have your child seen by a pediatrician and get a good evaluation and the proper treatment. Good luck. ...Read more

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Is it okay to give albuterol thru nebulizer to my youngest child (5yrs) who has been coughing daily?

Need maintenance Rx: Nebulizers are good, but with a little practice, 5 year olds should do well with a metered dose inhaler (mdi, often called a puffer) & spacer. (spacers = large "tubes" to use between the child & the mdi; they help make sure the medicine gets into the lungs where it helps.) mdis are much easier + kids can gain some independence. But, daily albuterol need means you need maintenance rx. See your doc. ...Read more

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My 2 year old had prn albuterol to take when he is sick due to smaller air ways. Why does it make him very hyper?

My 2 year old had prn albuterol to take when he is sick due to smaller air ways. Why does it make him very hyper?

Think adrenalin: Albuterol is a second cousin to adrenalin, the chemical made by the body to raise your heart rate & prepare you to escape from danger. At treatment levels this can make some kids hyper. ...Read more

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Can albuterol cause cardiac arrest in children?

Can albuterol cause cardiac arrest in children?

No, but: If you overdose on any drug, you can get very ill or die. Even water, right? If albuterol is given in excess, it can become toxic. If a child (or adult) has such a bad asthma attack that they need to take constant or frequently repeating doses of albuterol, they should go to the er as uncontrolled asthma is a true emergency and there are other treatments available at the hospital. ...Read more

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Will an albuterol breathing treatment make my child excited and jittery?

Will an albuterol breathing treatment make my child excited and jittery?

Yes, for some: This medication is related to Adrenalin, the stress chemical that makes your heart race and increases alertness. It generally has less stimulant effect, but for some, hyper-alertness and a rapid heart rate, not due to the asthma, is common after a treatment. ...Read more

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What do we call the machine that is used with albuterol when a child has asthma?

What do we call the machine that is used with albuterol when a child has asthma?

Nebulizer: The machine that can be used for asthma medicines is called a nebulizer. It consists of an air compressor (the box that is plugged into the wall) and the nebulizer (this is where the medicine is placed). ...Read more

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With trached child with history of tracheomalacia collapse with albuterol use, how often would it be safe to use albuterol/atrovent combi? How will I know?

Albuterol use: Usually prematurity/prolonged need for ventilator and/or oxygen cause chronic lung disease. So it is not unusual that a bronchodilator would be used. Albuterol/atrovent (ipratropium) work by relaxing muscles in the airway making breathing easier, and to a lesser extent, atrovent (ipratropium) decreases mucus production. Typically, in non-urgent use is 4h. Albuterol is used in emegent situations more frequently guided by md. ...Read more

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Can I give my 2 year old albuterol syrup and children's tylenol (acetaminophen)?

Depends on…: Why you wish to give them. Albuterol is for acute or chronic asthma; children's tylenol (acetaminophen) is for pain or fever. Doses for each are based on the child's weight. If u are using older formulation of children's tylenol (acetaminophen), make certain u follow the package directions for correct dose. (if uncertain, ask your pediatrician). ...Read more

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Is Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) inhaler ok for children as young as four?

Is Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) inhaler ok for children as young as four?

NO: Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) is an inhaler that contains a combination of salbutamol and ipratroprium bromide. It is approved for use in copd. There is no safety data for children under 12, and hence should not be used in a child that is age 4. There are many safe alternatives that are approved for use in young children, talk with your doctor. ...Read more

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Can a child have liquid albuterol and a breathing treatment at same time, or do you wait for some time in between them?

Can a child have liquid albuterol and a breathing treatment at same time, or do you wait for some time in between them?

Wait: Liquid albuterol is a very ineffective treatment for wheezing. And, as far as I am concerned, should never be used. However, you definitely do not want to give them at the same time. Throw the liquid away! ...Read more

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Why would the doctor prescribed albuterol for cough, and prednisolone for cough also for a 6 years old kid?

Why would the doctor prescribed albuterol for cough, and prednisolone for cough also for a 6 years old kid?

RAD?: If they examined your child and/or know their previous medical history and problems, etc, they could possibly be treating a condition such as reactive airway disease, which can do well with those medications. Ask the Rx doctor to get the real answer. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Is it safe to give my child two back to back treatments of albuterol in her nebulizer if she continues to wheeze?

Is it safe to give my child two back to back treatments of albuterol in her nebulizer if she continues to wheeze?

Asthma Flare: Important first to have an asthma action plan so that you and your child's doctor can better manage your child's asthma. Albuterol is considered a rescue medicine. Asthma care also includes use of controller medications such as inhaled steroids, leukotriene antagonists, cromolyn. Also trigger control can prevent the need for frequent rescue med use. Meet with your child's doctor and set up a plan. ...Read more

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Lmy daughter has been on albuterol since 4 mo old also pulmicort. Neither helps. She gets very hyper and acts different what should I do?

See an allergist: If she has been on these medications since 4mo without any improvement, I would question the diagnosis, and consider seeing a board-certified allergist. ...Read more

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How I take care my one year old child with bronchitis and also has I lot of fever I went to de doctor. Ahn the doctor gives to him albuterol?

How I take care my one year old child with bronchitis and also has I lot of fever I went to de doctor. Ahn the doctor gives to him albuterol?

Bronchiolitis: Your son could have inflamation of bronchioles likely viral, ie why your doctor gave albuterol.If he keeps getting sicker then he should undergo more tests. ...Read more

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Would it be dangerous to use an epipen (epinephrine) on my 70 lb kid after nebulized albuterol? She has asthma or reactive airway (not sure) & peanut & nut allergy.

Use for anaphylaxis: Epinephrine is used for anaphylaxis. If one is having anaphylaxis then use of injectable Epinephrine is indicated. If the patient is wheezing then albuterol can used as well. If epi is used 911 must be called. ...Read more

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Does albuterol work?

Typically, yes.: Based on thousands if not millions of patients who have used albuterol, it should be considered a reasonable and safe medication for use. Any medication however may have side effects, and some users seem more sensitive to the fast heart rate, irritability, and agitation that can be encountered with its use. Your own physician is your best advisor as to the dose & frequency should it be required. ...Read more

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Does the albuterol work for cold?

Does the albuterol work for cold?

For an approved use: Albuterol may work for people suffering from colds who have asthma and people with asthma having an attack in response to cold weather. It has also been used for a handful of other conditions. For a simple cold in someone who does not have asthma, there is not an adequate reason to use it. It is associated with shifts in potassium and glucose, and it is a prescription medication for a reason. ...Read more

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Can I neb budedonide with albuterol?

Yes, but...: You can put both together in the nebulizer; however, I prefer to separate them for this reason...Albuterol works fast to open up closed airways giving the Pulmicort a better chance of getting into the airways and decreasing inflammation. If you give both together, and there is significant airway spasm (closure), the Pulmicort may not be as effective. ...Read more

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Can I use expired albuterol sulfate?

Caution: Probably no increased danger, but expired medication often lose potency and do not work. ...Read more

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Where can I donate expired albuterol?

No where: No one should be using expired medications, so you can dispose of it properly when expired. ...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


Dr. Latonya Brown-Puryear
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Proventil (Definition)

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