Doctor insights on:
Expired Albuterol Inhaler
Do not use it:
Out dated medication can be dangerous.
The compound may "break-down" and cause
just about any kind of adverse event such as hallucinations. ...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
Probably not: Probably no increased danger, but expired medication often lose potency and do not work. ...Read more
Ok to use an expired albuterol inhaler? Have for sports asthma (rarely need it) but college health center told me to use to help with current cough
Expired medicaions: It is not advisable to use expired medications. ...Read more
No, because:: It is important that you have constant access to asthma medication for your child, especially in preparation for when a child travels or misplaces an inhaler. If the only available inhaler is one that expired a year ago, you don't know how empty it is or how effective the medication inside is. Speak to your primary care provider asap and obtain new inhalers. ...Read more
No difference: While there are many different albuterol inhalers, they all deliver 90 mcg per puff. There are 2 other inhalers on the market similar to albuterol called xopenex (levalbuterol) & Maxair (pirbuterol). These are all rescue inhalers that provide quick-onset dilation of the bronchial tubes. ...Read more
Some: Albuterol is the generic name for both the nebulizer solution (albuterol) and a variety of different inhalers - proventil, proair, Maxair (not sure they make that any more) and ventolin. There is also Levalbuterol which is an isomer of albuterol that is supposed to cause fewer side effects. The brand name of that is xopenex (levalbuterol). ...Read more
Ne in Proventil (albuterol): It is a symbol of neon, an inert gaseous element in the atmosphere. ...Read more
Mgt: I would suggest a spacer device. If you are experiencing symptoms, another puff may be administered. A virtual consult to review your management can be booked online. ...Read more
How long can you use albuterol past the expiration date? My inhaler is only a year old. Does the medicine still work?
May be: It isn't the issue of being expired, rather if there is still an active ingredient (the main medicine) in the inhaler? or it just sprays other inactive ingredients, then it won't work. You can still try what you have, it won't harm you, may work with you, but better call your doctor for a new one, good luck ...Read more
Asthma control: First, partner with an asthma specialist to confirm diagnosis of asthma, identify and reduce exposure to known triggers, tailor and explain herbal and medical regimen to help control inflammation. Following asthma treatment guidelines, step up therapy as asthma is less controlled (use asthma control test, along with peak flow meter). Reduce rescue meds (albuterol) and focus on preventive meds ...Read more
Besides overdosing..: Albuterol can relieve symptoms, but will not do anything to treat the underlying condition. Anyone taking it frequently may be masking a serious underlying condition that needs treatment with "controller" type medications. Although frequent use may not lead to "overdosing, " the delay in appropriate treatment is dangerous & can sometimes prove fatal (due to progression of the underlying asthma. ...Read more
Albuterol: The dose of albuterol through a nebulizer has a wide range: 0.15 mg to 0.45 mg/kg body weight. A 5 year old has an average weight of 20 kg and so the dose ranges from: 3-9 mg. Most physician use the lower dose (for use at home) recommended by Dr Novak, but in the ICU setting we use up to 10 mg at this age. ...Read more
Possible: There are studies showing that regular use of albuterol will decrease its effectiveness and even worsens asthma. If you need to use it more than 2x/wk aside from sports activity, your asthma requires a controller drug and not a rescue drug like albuterol. Talk to your doctor or an allergist. ...Read more
Albuterol: To my knowledge, there is no tolerance issues with albuterol. Patients with asthma use it in emergencies so there is an obvious attachment to it. If you find you are needing more then you thought you would, then you should probably get check out by a lung specialist to assess for moderate to severe asthma. ...Read more
HOW LONg Do I HaVe To WAIt AFTEr I usEd my RESCUe INHALEr To USe the NEBULIZER. BOTH WITh ALBUTEROl?
For severe asthma: Every 3-4 hours. For mild to moderate asthma- every 4-6 hours. Consult your private physician for medication to prevent attacks. ...Read more
What is the difference between the albuterol in my new nebulizer and the albuterol in my rescue inhaler?
Smoking is not good, but I just need a answer because my son is take arithomycine and an inhaler albuterol sulfate but smokes, only like 2 a day?
What's the question: You get the most from this site if you provide adequate background information and ask a clear related question. You have stated some information and that you understand smoking is bad, but what is your question? You are welcome to start over and clarify the issue. ...Read more