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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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Do albuterol and epinephrine do the same thing?

Yes: Primatene mist previously available without a rx was just inhaled epinephrine. Overuse was associated with bad side effects like stroke and heart attack. Albuterol has less pronounced effects on the heart so its safer. Primatene has been taken off of the retail market because of the problems. Both are bronchodilators. ...Read more

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Is albuterol and epinephrine the same asthma medication?

Is albuterol and epinephrine the same asthma medication?

Similar not same: Epinephrine is a hormone your body makes. It's an effective treatment for asthma & anaphylaxis but has limitations. It has many side-effects, stimulating the heart & sometimes triggering irregular heart rate & muscle tremors. It's beneficial effects wear off in ~20 minutes. Albuterol is a pharmacologic derivative of Epinephrine with fewer side-effects & a 3-6 hour duration of action. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between epinephrine and albuterol?

Is there a difference between epinephrine and albuterol?

Yes: Primatene mist previously available without a rx was just epinepherine. Overuse was associated with bad side effects like stroke and heart attack. Albuterol has less pronounced effects on the heart so its safer. Primatene has been taken off of the retail market because of the problems. ...Read more

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Is there a difference between epinephrine and albuterol action on breathing?

Not much different: Primatene mist previously available without a rx was just inhaled epinephrine. Overuse was associated with bad side effects like stroke and heart attack. Albuterol has less pronounced effects on the heart so its safer. Primatene has been taken off of the retail market because of the problems. Both are bronchodilators. ...Read more

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Would it be dangerous to use an epipen (epinephrine) on my 70 lb kid after nebulized albuterol? She has asthma or reactive airway (not sure) & peanut & nut allergy.

Would it be dangerous to use an epipen (epinephrine) on my 70 lb kid after nebulized albuterol? She has asthma or reactive airway (not sure) & peanut & nut allergy.

Use for anaphylaxis: Epinephrine is used for anaphylaxis. If one is having anaphylaxis then use of injectable Epinephrine is indicated. If the patient is wheezing then albuterol can used as well. If epi is used 911 must be called. ...Read more

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Can I take flovent with an albuterol machine thing?

Can I take flovent with an albuterol machine thing?

Yes: Flovent is a control medicine and should be taken twice a day every day to keep your asthma under control. Albuterol is a relief medicine used to treat symptoms. They do not conflict withone another. If symptoms occur more than 2 times a week, talk to your doctor about stepping up your Flovent to a higher dose or witching it to advair for better control. ...Read more

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I know albuterol and ipratropium do the same thing, why did I get prescribed both?

I know albuterol and ipratropium do the same thing, why did I get prescribed both?

Different mechanism: Albuterol and ipratroprium work by different mechanisms in the body to essentially achieve the same result. Some people respond better to one or the other, but they are often used together as a combination drug to better manage the symptoms of 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. Peter Ihle
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Adrenaline (Definition)

Adrenalin(e) / Epinephrine is the hormone produced by the adrenal medulla that speeds and strengths the heart, dilates the airways, and shifts blood flow to the muscles. Often this is in response ...Read more