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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?

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

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My son got prescribed albuterol and ipratropium for every 6hrs but don't they both do the same thing?

Not really: They are different medications that work as a team to help keep the small airways open. Sometimes the albuterol will work okay alone, as the main bronchodilator. However, the other med helps block contraction of smooth muscle spasm from a different pathway. ...Read more

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I am having arythmia, palpitation, and nervousness, I don't want to take any albuterol or advair disc what other thing can I take?

Albuterol or Advair: Albuterol may worsen palpitation, shaking and nervousness. Advair should not produce or worsen those symptoms. It is much safer than the oral pills for asthma. ...Read more

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Sine seratonin depletes other nerotransmitters like dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine...By "deplete" does it mean a permanent thing?

Sine seratonin depletes other nerotransmitters like dopamine, norepinephrine, and epinephrine...By "deplete" does it mean a permanent thing?

Not correct: Serotonin does not deplete other neurotransmitters, but there is a balance especially between Dopamine and serotonin. This balance is dynamic and constantly re-establishing itself. Unless there is damage to neurons (which there can be when abusing certain drugs) neurotransmitter changes would not be permanent. ...Read more

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What to do if I have been experincing arythmia, palpitation, and nervousness, I don't want to take any albuterol or advair disc what other thing can I take?

What to do if I have been experincing arythmia, palpitation, and nervousness, I don't want to take any albuterol or advair disc what other thing can I take?

Arrythmia??: If this isn't as a result of taking your asthma medication & isn't a normal experience for you - would consider medical assessment. ...Read more

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Why when I have an asthma attack albuterol does not work, so what should I do if the only thing that helps is deep breathing?

Why when I have an asthma attack albuterol does not work, so what should I do if the only thing that helps is deep breathing?

Vocal cord dysfuncti: You may have vocal cord dysfunction rather than asthma. This is due to constriction of the vocal cords. In asthma, the wheezing usually occurs when you breath out, and abluterol is effective. In vocal cord dysfunction, the wheezing occurs when you breathe in, and albuterol is not effective.
Speech therapy is very effective for vocal cord dysfunction. ...Read more

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Chest tightness SOB chest pain for two months. Clear chest ct, 3cxr, 3ekg, PFT good, lots of blood work. Albuterol mask at er, and rescue inhaler do nothing. Only thing that seems to work is ativan, (lorazepam) and it works well. Does this mean its anxiety?

Chest tightness SOB chest pain for two months. Clear chest ct, 3cxr, 3ekg, PFT good, lots of blood work. Albuterol mask at er, and rescue inhaler do nothing. Only thing that seems to work is ativan, (lorazepam) and it works well. Does this mean its anxiety?

Anxiety: Anxiety is capable of causing your symptoms especially if they are more noticeable at rest than during exertion and in view of your negative tests and response to ativan (lorazepam). For completeness a treadmill stress test and echocardiogram can be done, but I recommend that you discuss stress management with your physician and avoid alcohol, caffeine and nicotine. ...Read more

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In general, what does epinephrine do, i.e. how does it work to remedy anaphylactic reaction? Thank you.

In general, what does epinephrine do, i.e. how does it work to remedy anaphylactic reaction? Thank you.

In many: Ways it helps- acts on a number of receptors causes constriction, or tightening, of the blood vessels, which decreases swelling and also helps to increase blood pressure, increases the heart’s contraction and heart rate, which can help to prevent or reverse cardiovascular collapse. Epinephrine relaxes the muscles around the airways in the lun ...Read more

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Who should not use Epinephrine injections?

Who should not use Epinephrine injections?

Epinephrine injectio: Lidocaine and Epinephrine are often injected together. "Lidocaine is contraindicated in patients with a known history of hypersensitivity to local anesthetics of the amide type." See: http://www. Drugs. Com/pro/lidocaine-and-epinephrine-injection. Html ...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


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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