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How many puffs per day of an albuterol inhaler for asthma are too many?

How many puffs per day of an albuterol inhaler for asthma are too many?

5 puffs per week: If you are not using albuterol to prevent or relieve exercise-triggered asthma symptoms the maximum is 4 puffs per week. If you need more than that asthma is considered not controlled. If you are not taking a controller medication then you need to start. If you are taking one, like an inhaled corticosteroid or leukotriene antagonist, then you need more. ...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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How many puffs per day of an albuterol inhaler for asthma is too much?

How many puffs per day of an albuterol inhaler for asthma is too much?

Daily use not good: If you've been formally diagnosed with asthma and are continuing to require the use of your albuterol inhaler daily, i would recommend following up with your physician. When asthma is well-controlled, albuterol use should be limited. ...Read more

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I'm pregnant and have very serious asthma.I puff my proventil (albuterol) inhaler atleast 6-7 times a day.Can using my inhaler too much harm the baby or me?

I'm pregnant and have very serious asthma.I puff my proventil (albuterol) inhaler atleast 6-7 times a day.Can using my inhaler too much harm the baby or me?

Yes: You need to see your obstetrician right away or go to urgent care or emergency room. If you are using your inhaler that much, then you need a steroid to be added to your daily regimen so that you don't run the risk of a full blown asthma attack which can harm you or the baby. Definitely call doctor today or if you're having any shortness of breath, go to emergency room today. Best of luck. ...Read more

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Cause of sudden severe asthma? Needed albuterol inhaler 15-20 puffs a day. It's controlled w corticosteroid now but doc cant figure out why it happend

Cause of sudden severe asthma? Needed albuterol inhaler 15-20 puffs a day. It's controlled w corticosteroid now but doc cant figure out why it happend

Asthma flare: Can still happen without a reason, often times it is something in the environment, exposure to a virus, or just emotional excitement. Please adhere to treatment plan and controller medicines prescribed by your doctor, and see an allergist/immunologist for more comprehensive evaluation. Check aaaai.org or acaai.org for allergists around you, good luck ...Read more

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Is it safe to use my albuterol inhaler throughout the day? (I am between insurance plans and can't afford preventative asthma meds.)

Is it safe to use my albuterol inhaler throughout the day? (I am between insurance plans and can't afford preventative asthma meds.)

Albuterol: Only use albuterol inhaler if wheezing or chest tightness. If you are needing to use it throughout the day then you need to get seen. Doses used in hospitals are high and generally well tolerated BUT the fragility that your lungs are demonstrating is where the danger lies. Don't ignore your symptoms, get seen if you are using your inhaler "throughout the day" please. Be safe. ...Read more

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I have recently started Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) (4x/day) for asthma. Is this to be used as a rescue inhaler or do I use my ventolin inhaler or both?

I have recently started  Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) (4x/day) for asthma. Is this to be used as a rescue inhaler or do I use my ventolin inhaler or both?

Rescue: Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) is a rescue inhaler and contains both albuterol and ipatropium ( an anti-cholinergic). It should not be used with albuterol unless you intend to double up on the albuterol dose. You should not use Combivent (albuterol and ipratropium) solely for asthma control and in fact your asthma may get worse with using it alone. I think you will to see an allergist or pulmonologist to get you on the right path. ...Read more

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4 yr old coughing for 7 wks.Diagnosed with asthma.Did 10 day steroid, albuterol evry 4 hrs, 7 day amox & qvar inhaler.Still coughing.Wat now? Answers?

4 yr old coughing for 7 wks.Diagnosed with asthma.Did 10 day steroid, albuterol evry 4 hrs, 7 day amox & qvar inhaler.Still coughing.Wat now? Answers?

See allergist: After 7 weeks, it is time for you to bring the child to an allergy specialist who can help you in finding out the cause for the cough which may well not be asthma given the lack of response to the anti-asthma drugs including oral steroid. I would consider getting a chest x-ray also to rule out aspiration. ...Read more

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Currently taking Flovent and Albuterol inhaler for asthma. Costly w/my insurance, non-formulary but Symbicort is on my preferred drug list. Thoughts?

Different actions: Flovent is an inhaled anti-inflammatory steroid used for basic control. Albuterol is a short acting anti-spasm drug that acts quickly to reverse bronchospasm. Symbicort is a combination of a steroid and a long acting agent that treats bronchospasm. It can only be used 2X/day and doesn't give you flexibility to treat sudden events. You should only change if & when your doc thinks it wise for you. ...Read more

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Is it ok to use an inhaler for albuterol pre cardio workout if you don't have asthma?

Is it ok to use an inhaler for albuterol pre cardio workout if you don't have asthma?

No effect: A person without asthma who uses an albuterol inhaler will not experience any respiratory benefit. However, that person would likely experience the common side effects such as tremor, increase heart rate and other symptoms. ...Read more

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Everytime I use my albuterol inhaler for my asthma II start shaking from my hands. Why is this?

Everytime I use my albuterol inhaler for my asthma II start shaking from my hands. Why is this?

See below: Albuterol is a medication that is a stimulant. It is designed to interact primarily with beta 2 receptors found on muscles in your airways to help open them. However these receptors are found in other tissues as well and can create side effects such as tremors and increased heart rate. If your asthma is under good control you should not have to take albuterol very often and if so you shoulsee md. ...Read more

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I have asthma, but 2 hrs after using my albuterol inhaler it feels like i need to use it again. Is it anxiety? Sp02 above 97% and peak flow in green.

I have asthma, but 2 hrs after using my albuterol inhaler it feels like i need to use it again. Is it anxiety? Sp02 above 97% and peak flow in green.

Need maintenance: It sounds like you are using your inhaler a lot. Would definitely recommend that you discuss with your doc. You would definitely benefit from a maintenance inhaler, if you are not on one, some time short steroid tapers are needed. Workup is sometimes also needed for conditions that may exacerbate your asthma. Do not postpone looking for help.
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Is it safe to use a saline inhaler if I have asthma and take singular & albuterol?

Is it safe to use a saline inhaler if I have asthma and take singular & albuterol?

Not sure: By saline inhaler do you mean a nasal spray of saline? If this is so, yes you can. If you man something else, i'm not sure what a saline inhaler is unless you mean a saline nebulizer solution. Could you be more specific? ...Read more

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I was diagnosed w/asthma. Albuterol was used during the test & my partner said i snored less that night. Wld using my inhaler before bed be helpful?

I was diagnosed w/asthma. Albuterol was used during the test & my partner said i snored less that night. Wld using my inhaler before bed be helpful?

Probably....: Many asthma patients have nocturnal symptoms so using your inhaler at bedtime may help with nocturnal symptoms especially if you awaken during the night with shortness of breath, wheezing, coughing, etc. However, snoring can also be a sign of sleep apnea so if the snoring continues, you may need a sleep study to see if you have sleep apnea. ...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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I had very few asthma related problems.3 months ago i had walking pneumonia. Treated. Now dependent on albuterol inhaler 1-4x qd. Why? Will it change?

I had very few asthma related problems.3 months ago i had walking pneumonia. Treated. Now dependent on albuterol inhaler 1-4x qd. Why? Will it change?

Infection trigger: "walking pneumonia" refers to a pneumonia due to mycoplasma pneumoniae. This can trigger an asthma attack and possibly increase the risk of someone to develop asthma. Treatment with macrolide antibiotics can improve asthma control only in those patients who have evidence of infection in their airways. If albuterol is needed more than twice a week, a change in asthma treatment is needed. ...Read more

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I use albuterol sulfate ProAir rescue inhalers for my asthma. Can I use salamol cfc free inhalers in replacement of this? (it's more affordable)

I use albuterol sulfate ProAir rescue inhalers for my asthma. Can I use salamol cfc free inhalers in replacement of this? (it's more affordable)

Yes: Yes, they are essentially the same medications. They fall in the category of SABA, short acting beta agonists.
As always, with asthma, try to use these as little as possible to prevent your lungs from becoming 'sensitive'. ...Read more

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Can ADHD type symptoms and anxiety symptoms be a side effect of albuterol and qvar inhalers for asthma?

Can ADHD type symptoms and anxiety symptoms be a side effect of  albuterol and qvar inhalers for asthma?

Yes: Anxiety and attention deficits can be side effects of albuterol and frequent albuterol usage is a sign of uncontrolled asthma which can also give you the above symptoms. Get yourself checked! ...Read more

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I'm 22 and hav severe asthma. I'm on combivent, albuterol inhaler and neb, spirvia and singular. Phenergan (promethazine) DM not stopping SEVERE coughing ?

I'm 22 and hav severe asthma. I'm on combivent, albuterol inhaler and neb, spirvia and  singular. Phenergan (promethazine) DM not stopping SEVERE coughing ?

Steroids and rx GERD: I agree. Treatment of your GERD which can lead to microaspiration and bronchospasm, is a high priority. You may need a course of oral steroids prior to starting inhaled steroids. I would advise pulmonary testing and follow up. ...Read more

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What is cough variant asthma? And do you prefer dry powder inhalers or metered dose inhalers for albuterol treatment of this condition?Which is Better

What is cough variant asthma? And do you prefer dry powder inhalers or metered dose inhalers for albuterol treatment of this condition?Which is Better

Cough variant asthma: Is type of asthma where cough is the most salient symptom, dry cough, but still have other asthma signs, at times it might be the only symptom and hard to diagnose. As for the albuterol form: whichever works, so long it is taken in the right way and produces the desired effect, but albuterol is just a quick fix, you need comprehensive treatment as any other asthmatic, see an allergist/pulmonol ...Read more

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I'm on Combivent, (albuterol and ipratropium) Albuterol inhaler PRN, Advair 500/50 & Singular. Is it a safe combo to be on long term? I have bad asthma and I'm prone to pneumonia

Yes...: This is a safe med combo for treatment of asthma. You should rinse your mouth and spit it out after every Advair dose to prevent thrush, a complication of inhaled steroids. If your asthma exacerbations decrease over time, it is possible that your meds can be reduced (under doctor's supervision) but this combo is safe long-term. Be sure to never smoke! ...Read more

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My daughter has been put on albuterol for machine and flovent inhaler.Prednason..How far apart should be taken? Shes 11 with bronchitis, asthma rsv.

My daughter has been put on albuterol for machine and flovent inhaler.Prednason..How far apart should be taken? Shes 11 with bronchitis, asthma rsv.

No relation: The Flovent inhaler should be administered either once or twice a day, everyday. This will only prevent her from becoming ill. The Prednisone should be limited to a 5 day course and is typically administered daily. The albuterol is your rescue medication. You shoudl give it to your daughter when she is having trouble breathing. You can safely give it every 3 hours if you have to. ...Read more

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My asthma has been bad lately and I can't seem to catch my breath but my inhaler helps. Would albuterol relieve dyspnea caused by a pulmonary embolism?

My asthma has been bad lately and I can't seem to catch my breath but my inhaler helps. Would albuterol relieve dyspnea caused by a pulmonary embolism?

See your MD: You need to see your MD to get your asthma under better control. Studies show that an inhaled corticosteroid will make the long term management of your asthma much easier. You need a full exam for your worsening dyspnea. Good luck. ...Read more

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Son takes steroid inhaler and zyrtec (cetirizine) nightly for asthma. Since allergy season started, cough returned & albuterol won't get rid of it. What can I try?

Son takes steroid inhaler and zyrtec (cetirizine) nightly for asthma. Since allergy season started, cough returned & albuterol won't get rid of it. What can I try?

Peak flows: Please use a peak flow meter to help document how your son's asthma gets better or worse. With these data, you can work with his pediatrician to make an asthma action plan, which can help to guide the correct use of different medications. It may be that he needs a burst of oral steroids, but difficult to say without numbers. ...Read more

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Asthma flared with allergies and getting the flu. Kept taking my albuterol daily for over a month. Noticing mucus stuck deep in lungs that I feel rumble but I can't seem to cough out. Would a steroid inhaler help clear this?

Asthma flared with allergies and getting the flu. Kept taking my albuterol daily for over a month. Noticing mucus stuck deep in lungs that I feel rumble but I can't seem to cough out. Would a steroid inhaler help clear this?

Needs a Mucolytic: The best way to mobilize 'stuck' phlegm is to try a mucolytic. WATER actually works pretty well- so I would hydrate, hydrate, hydrate as the first thing... Then, you could try over the counter Guaifenesin which can speed up the heart as a side effect, but should thin things out. What I personally use is HOT CHILI - the spice -if you like spicy foods. A steroid inhaler would help the asthma, yes. ...Read more

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Asthma (Definition)

A disease of the lungs caused by chronic inflammation of the airways most often caused by allergies. This inflammation results in airway swelling and hyperactivity leading to difficulty breathing, shortness of ...Read more


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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