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My daughter has an increased heart rate after a treatment with albuterol is this normal or should we go to the er?

My daughter has an increased heart rate after a treatment with albuterol is this normal or should we go to the er?

Usually normal: Albuterol inhalation treatment does raise heart rate but seldom raises higher than 180 per minute. Discuss with her doctor should her heart rate rise above 180. ...Read more

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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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My 7 month old is admitted due to increased heart rate, likely due to consumption of ventolin. How serious is this?

My 7 month old is admitted due to increased heart rate, likely due to consumption of ventolin. How serious is this?

Depends on situation: Infants easily tolerate heart rates in the 200/min range for a variable length of time. If intake has stopped, 1/2 should be out of babies system in 4-6 hours with 1/2 the remainder in another 4-6h. Baby should do fine if this was the cause. If there is another issue the outcome depends on that issue. ...Read more

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After taking albuterol for eia, my heart rate will rise to 180+ for an extended period with moderate exertion. Can I safely push myself harder?

After taking albuterol for eia, my heart rate will rise to 180+ for an extended period with moderate exertion. Can I safely push myself harder?

Levalbuterol: You may want to talk to your doctor about Levalbuterol (xopenex®). This medication is the active enantiomer (r)-albuterol and has 100-fold more potent binding to beta-2 receptors than (s)-albuterol. In english, you may have less heart racing/palpitations on Levalbuterol than with albuterol. ...Read more

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2 yr o asthmatic with bronchitis and RSV on inhaled albuterol every 3 hrs. Pulse ox 180/92 and temp 103. Is her heart rate too high even for albut?

2 yr o asthmatic with bronchitis and RSV on  inhaled albuterol every 3 hrs. Pulse ox 180/92 and temp 103. Is her heart rate too high even for albut?

Safety of Albuterol: With the numbers you give, I am assuming that the child is being treated in the hospital. If so, with good nursing monitoring, continued use of albuterol should be safe. The heart rate goes up with fever as well as the medication. Children generally tolerate high rates. If the child is not in the hospital, struggling with the numbers you give, he/she certainly should be checked again. ...Read more

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4yr old taking Qvar and Albuterol for asthma. Can these medications increase heart rate and cause PVC's?

4yr old taking Qvar and Albuterol for asthma. Can these medications increase heart rate and cause PVC's?

Asthma: The Albuterol can increase your heart rate for a short time frame, not a prolonged period. Some people naturally have PVCs which might have nothing to do with the Albuterol. The QVar shouldn't be causing any of these symptoms. ...Read more

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What can I do about a pulsing face and increased heart rate?

What can I do about a pulsing face and increased heart rate?

See cardiologist: See your cardiologist first and if facial problem is not corrected then see your dermatologist. ...Read more

Heart Rate (Definition)

Heart rate is a measurement of the number of times a person's heart beats in one minute. Normal heart rates vary with a person's age and with excitement and exercise. Abnormal heart rates are too slow, too fast, and/or irregular (too much ...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