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Is Albuterol A Corticosteroid
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
Preventative drug: Medications such as symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) which contain and inhaled corticosteroid are used as maintenance (preventive) therapy to control persistent asthma. The formoterol component is a long-acting airway opener and may provide some initial relief of acute asthma symptoms; however symbicort (budesonide and formoterol) should never be used to relieve acute asthma symptoms (use your rescue albuterol under those conditions). ...Read moreSee 3 more doctor answers
Opens airways: They help open up (or dilate) the airways (the main one being called the bronchus). ...Read more
As an adult with mild asthma, is taking singulair (montelukast) instead of an inhaled corticosteroid (flovent diskus) a realistic option?
Which inhaler is a rescue inhaler, xopenex (levalbuterol) hfa or dulera? Already used xopenex (levalbuterol) hfa and did not get full relief
No: Spiriva contains no steroids. It is a medication which works to reduce the mucus production in the lungs and also helps to open up tight airways. It works by blocking certain receptors in the lungs (cholinergic receptors) which trigger these effects when activated. ...Read moreSee 2 more doctor answers
Is there a more powerful/effective, non-steriodal inhaler for allergic/extrinsic asthma, than ProAir HFA?
Levalbuterol: Proair HFA contains a medication called albuterol. Other rescue inhalers such Proventil and ventolin also have the same medication. Xopenex HFA (is another rescue inhaler is which used for asthma and more effective in some patients levalbuterol. If a quick acting inhaler is not working, this may be a sign that you may need inhaled steroids. It is very important to followup with your doctor. ...Read more
Albuterol: Albuterol is a type of beta-agonist. It acts by activating beta receptors in lungs which results in dilation and easier breathing. It can also speed up the heart rate because of its beta receptor effects. It has no steroidal activity. However, both bronchodilators and steroids are used in treatment of asthma. Albuterol is used by asthmatics both in inhaler and nebulizer form. ...Read more
Used to be in US: Years ago triamcinolone was available via MDI with an attached spacer in the US and used as an asthma controller, but it was taken off the market, for reasons I am not certain. I do not think there was any problem with the drug. It is an effective asthma medication, just as Nasacort works well for nasal allergies. ...Read moreSee 1 more doctor answer
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