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Doctor insights on: Expired Albuterol Inhaler

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Is there is any danger involved in using an expired albuterol inhaler?

Is there is any danger involved in using an 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 (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 it safe to give my 10yo with mild asthma albuterol inhaler that expired 1 year ago?

Is it safe to give my 10yo with mild asthma albuterol inhaler that expired 1 year ago?

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

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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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What are the different dosages for albuterol inhaler?

What are the different dosages for albuterol inhaler?

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

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I was wondering is albuterol/ventolin a rescue inhaler?

Yes: Ventolin, proventil, and proair are all brand name rescue inhalers that contain albuterol. They are generally used every 4 hours for wheezing or shortness of breath from asthma and copd, or 15-30 minutes prior to exercise for patients with exercise-induced asthma. ...Read more

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Are there any inhalers with a substitute for albuterol?

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

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How long is it supposed to it take for an albuterol inhaler to kick in?

Albuterol: An albuterol inhaler is considered a rescue bronchodilator which means that bronchodialtion should begin in a matter of minutes. ...Read more

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What does the "ne" mean at the end of proventil (albuterol) inhaler ne?

What does the "ne" mean at the end of proventil (albuterol) inhaler ne?

Ne in Proventil (albuterol): It is a symbol of neon, an inert gaseous element in the atmosphere. ...Read more

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If I don't think a full puff came out, can I take a 3rd puff of my albuterol inhaler?

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

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If I find myself using my albuterol inhaler daily, should I look for stronger medication?

Didn't kind: If you're needing your "as needed" or rescue inhaler everyday, it means you need some sort of preventive inhaler, e.g., a steroid inhaler, which you will use everyday to control your symptoms, saving the albuterol for further flares. ...Read more

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How long can you use albuterol past the expiration date? My inhaler is only a year old. Does the medicine still work?

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

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Side effects of albuterol inhalers?

Side effects albuter: Palpitation lasting for fewminutes, nervousness, tremors, irritability. With inhalers you may get throat irritation, headache and vomiting. Sometimes dry mouth and padoxial bronchospasm
most of the time the side effects are mild and short lived. ...Read more

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Can albuterol inhaler cause v tach?

Can albuterol inhaler cause v tach?

Possbly: All brnchodilators can potentially cause tachycardia 7 insusceptible persons under certain moments a malignant arrhythmia. ...Read more

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Is it safe to use albuterol inhaler everyday?

Is it safe to use albuterol inhaler everyday?

Need maintenance med: Needing your rescue inhaler daily is a sign that you may need maintenance medication to control asthma symptoms. Suggest talking to your doctor about this. ...Read more

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How to deal with inhaler abuse with albuterol?

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

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Albuterol nebulizer or inhaler. Which is better?

Albuterol nebulizer or inhaler. Which is better?

Either one: When the inhaler is used properly with good technique, it can provide as much bronchodilation as a nebulizer dose. For those patients with poor coordination, the elderly or very young, the nebulizer may be easier to use. ...Read more

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What are the risks of overdosing on an albuterol inhaler?

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

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. Shah Chowdhury
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Inhaler (Definition)

It is a type of medication delivery system used to inhale aerosolized medications. The most well know of this is ...Read more


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