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Is it safe to give my 5 year old albuterol from breathing treatment machine. It was prescribed to my 11 month old for bronchitis?

Is it safe to give my 5 year old albuterol from breathing treatment machine. It was prescribed to my 11 month old for bronchitis?

Only if doctor says.: If your 5 year old has been diagnosed with asthma previously and is now having the same symptoms, you can give it, but call your pediatricians and let them know you're doing so. If your 5 year old has never had this problem before, it's best to have him/her seen by the pediatrician to get a correct diagnosis and see what the best treatment is for that diagnosis, since it may not be asthma. ...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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Budesonide inhalation suspension 0.5 mg or albuterol sulfate 2.5mg. I have chronic bronchitis and I have both of these for my "at home" breathing treatments. Which would help most?

Budesonide inhalation suspension 0.5 mg or albuterol sulfate 2.5mg. I have chronic bronchitis and I have both of these for my "at home" breathing treatments. Which would help most?

Depends: The two meds you list are very different and intended for different purposes. Budesonide (pulmicort) is a steroid to reduce inflammation where as albuterol is a smooth muscle relaxer designed to reduce bronchospasm of the smaller airways surrounded by smooth muscle fibers. Albuterol's effect is very brief and temporary. Budesonide use provides sustained beneficial effects to prevent flare up. ...Read more

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I have POTS, on beta blocker for rapid HR. Frequently also get Bronchitis. Is Albuterol a safe breathing treatment for me, with my tachycardia & meds?

I have POTS, on beta blocker for rapid HR. Frequently also get Bronchitis. Is Albuterol a safe breathing treatment for me, with my tachycardia & meds?

POTS: Hello and welcome to HealthTap :) Usually the tachycardia related to POTS is postural, if you lay down it should be relatively safe, which is obviously not possible all the time. The second option would. Levoalbuterol which causes very less tachycardia if any.

Thank you ...Read more

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Normal HR for 5yr old taking Albuterol 0.083% (2.5 mg/3ml) 1 vial after treatment?

Normal HR for 5yr old taking Albuterol 0.083% (2.5 mg/3ml) 1 vial after treatment?

Anywhere from 85-140: albuterol will temporarily increase the heart rate. A normal 5 year old with no prior heart disease can sustain heart rates 140-150 after albuterol without harm ...Read more

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How often can I give my 2 1/2 year old child albuteral breathing treatments?

Albuterol: Albuterol is known as a rescue drug and in a hospital setting it is sometimes given every 2-3 hours. At home give it every 4-6 hours and if you have to give it more often then call your pediatrician immediately. ...Read more

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6 yo has bronchitis. Just gave him albuterol in nebulizer and his cough is really bad after treatment. It sounds productive though. Is this normal?

6 yo has bronchitis. Just gave him albuterol in nebulizer and his cough is really bad after treatment. It sounds productive though. Is this normal?

It is normal to: cough more right after a nebulization treatment. The medication loosens up the mucous in the airway passages. However, if he is wheezing more or having difficulty breathing, or he seems to need a treatment in less than 2 hours, you should call his pediatrician. He may need to be re-checked and/or his medications adjusted. ...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? She's 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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Son is 10 got a cold now has heavy cough he did a breathing treatment with albuterol what over counter med can I buy for him?

Son is 10 got a cold now has heavy cough he did a breathing treatment with albuterol what over counter med can I buy for him?

Asthma: If your son has asthma, over the counter cold medications could be harmful for him. Have him assessed to see if he requires additional treatment for his asthma. All the best. ...Read more

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Can a child have liquid albuterol and a breathing treatment at same time, or do you wait for some time in between them?

Can a child have liquid albuterol and a breathing treatment at same time, or do you wait for some time in between them?

Wait: Liquid albuterol is a very ineffective treatment for wheezing. And, as far as I am concerned, should never be used. However, you definitely do not want to give them at the same time. Throw the liquid away! ...Read more

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I took an albuterol breathing treatment about 20 mins ago and now I'm more short of breath Could it be that I just broke up more congestion?

I took an albuterol breathing treatment about 20 mins ago and now I'm more short of breath Could it be that I just broke up more congestion?

Asthma exacerbation: If you just received a treatment 20 mins ago, now you are more short of breath, you are likely having an acute asthma attack. Advise you to call your doctor or go to urgent care for proper treatment. ...Read more

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Will an albuterol breathing treatment make my child excited and jittery?

Will an albuterol breathing treatment make my child excited and jittery?

Yes, for some: This medication is related to Adrenalin, the stress chemical that makes your heart race and increases alertness. It generally has less stimulant effect, but for some, hyper-alertness and a rapid heart rate, not due to the asthma, is common after a treatment. ...Read more

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Help! Breathing treatment of Albuterol, Decadron and Antivert (meclizine) almost 12 hours ago. Then shot of Methylpred right after. When is pulse going down???

Help! Breathing treatment of Albuterol, Decadron and Antivert (meclizine) almost 12 hours ago. Then shot of Methylpred right after. When is pulse going down???

A day or two?: All of these medications can increase your pulse rate. If you have received Decadron shot plus Methylpred shots, the duration of the pulse rate increase is dependent on the total dose. Were you not on Toprol, (metoprolol) the pulse would likely have gone even higher. ...Read more

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Have bronchitis, inhaler and neb treatments not really helping. What else can I do? *on cipro&albuterol*

Bronchitis: There are a few things I would recommend. First of all, you may wish to discuss the choice of antibiotics with your physician. The most correct way to treat an infection is with a culture of your phlegm. You may also need a chest xray, or be a candidate for inhaled and/or oral steroids. At home, try using humidifier for easier breathing. ...Read more

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I was prescribed benzonatate just after a breathing treatment for copd chronic bronchitis. Is this safe for me?

I was prescribed benzonatate just after a breathing treatment for copd chronic bronchitis. Is this safe for me?

RAD V COPD: YES IT IS: COPD TX has many layers :LONG ACTING INHALERS/SHORT ACTING INHALERS/benzoate/SINGULAIR. COPD is unusual in an non smoker under 50. Make sure they evaluate you for alpha1 antitrypsin deficiency /pulmonary hypertension/pulmonary fibrosis/sarcoidosis. You need a full exam labs CT of chest. PFTS with DLCO AND POTENTIALLY lung bronchoscopy with biopsy. By pulmonary consult. ...Read more

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How long does it take bronchitis with cough induced asthma to improve? Albuterol nebs 4xday. Only better with lots of treatments. Is that good or bad?

Bad: When things are that bad, albuterol is not enough, you need a controller inhaler that has steroids and depending how bad things are, you may need oral steroids. Plus excess albuterol will worsen your atrial fibrillation. Call you doctor and get treated adequately. ...Read more

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I was diagnosed with bronchitis, I was put on albuterol treatments. I woke up this morning with numb fingers and toes. What could this be?

I was diagnosed with bronchitis, I was put on albuterol treatments. I woke up this morning with numb fingers and toes. What could this be?

Reactions: Although there are no overt drug to drug interactions with all your meds they all have overlapping side effects. This results in a chaotic setup for a number of additional problems. Even your primary issues could cause that reaction. Check with your doc. Not to worry. .. Oh an additional idea is to get one of those home pulse o2 meters to see where your 02 levels are which will help your doc. ...Read more

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Is it possible for albuterol breathing treatments to cause thrush?

Unlikely: There is nothing in this medication that would bring the yeast germ to you & cause the problem. However, if you use equipment (reservoir, mouthpiece, etc) that is contaminated, the equipment could be a source. Equipment should be properly cleaned & sanitized at regular intervals & changed when they become visibly worn. ...Read more

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What is the rattle noise upon exhaling when my toddler has a respiratory infection? Should I continue the albuterol breathing treatments?

What is the rattle noise upon exhaling when my toddler has a respiratory infection? Should I continue the albuterol breathing treatments?

Rattle noise exhalin: I think what you are describing is wheezing and your pediatrician has prescribed Albuterol Inhalation for it. Did you ask the doc if your child has asthma and if it is, you need to get educated to take care of your child. Asthma is an inflammatory disease of the bronchi and you need proper treatment with inhaled steroids and albuterol, unless he is being treated for bronchiolitis. ...Read more

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My 5 y/o she is taking omnicef (cefdinir) 125/5 sus & breathing treatments of albuterol. She has been complaining of pain in lower right abdomen. Related?

My 5 y/o she is taking omnicef (cefdinir) 125/5 sus & breathing treatments of albuterol. She has been complaining of pain in lower right abdomen. Related?

Possibly: Check with the doctor who prescribed this. Strep throat can produce abdominal pain, particularly in children and is one of the causes of "acute abdomen". The other possibility is that the antibiotic is not agreeing with her. Hope she is better soon. ...Read more

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Can I administer Orapred (3 ml 2/day) along with breathing treatments (Budesonide or Albuterol)? Baby had croup but now cough sounds rattly.

Can I administer Orapred (3 ml 2/day) along with breathing treatments (Budesonide or Albuterol)? Baby had croup but now cough sounds rattly.

Croupy baby: A baby who has been prescribed steroids, inhaled steroids and a bronchodilator, whose cough is worse, needs to be seen and evaluated by his/her doctor. At the very least you need to speak with the doctor about your child's deteriorating condition. ...Read more

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Yesterday I started 40 mg prednisone avelox 400mg and albuterol breathing treatments. I'm still wheezing when I push out an exhale. Is this normal?

Yesterday I started 40 mg prednisone avelox 400mg and albuterol breathing treatments. I'm still wheezing when I push out an exhale. Is this normal?

Maybe: A bacterial process can take 2-3 days to show improvement w/antibiotics. If you are still wheezing, you may need the albuterol more frequently. If you are not comfortable at rest, you may need to go to er. Otherwise, vaporizer/humidifier may help + usual cold medicines for symptom relief. ...Read more

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What can a person on beta blockers do for chest wheeze, cough, phlegm when albuterol breathing treatments are contraindicated? How to clear out lungs?

Alternative: I don't know the contraindication to albuterol but there is Levalbuterol as alternative. In addition, an inhaled steroid is usually indicated for chronic lung problems. Revisit your bblocker as there are also more selective ones that don't induce bronchospasm. Talk to your doctor about these. And definitely try to see if you can get cough meds. Cough can induce wheezing. Good luck. ...Read more

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How I take care my one year old child with bronchitis and also has I lot of fever I went to de doctor. Ahn the doctor gives to him albuterol?

Bronchiolitis: Your son could have inflamation of bronchioles likely viral, ie why your doctor gave albuterol.If he keeps getting sicker then he should undergo more tests. ...Read more

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If my 4 year old had albuterol nebulizer treatment an hour ago, can I still give him his prescription hydroxyzine 10mg/5ml for postnasaldrip cough now?

If my 4 year old had albuterol nebulizer treatment an hour ago, can I still give him his prescription hydroxyzine 10mg/5ml for postnasaldrip cough now?

Salt water nose drop: Hydroxazine has a drying effect and could dry the secretions in your childs chest counteracting the effect of the albuterol. Therefore, I would use saline nose drops for his nose. ...Read more

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Hi, my 5 year old daughter has cough and wheezing. Can I give her salbutamol liquid medicine by mouth along with albuterol inhaler?

Hi, my 5 year old daughter has cough and wheezing. Can I give her salbutamol liquid medicine by mouth along with albuterol inhaler?

Better not: If you are giving her the right dose with the right technique, using a spacer. Repeating the inhaler dose every 20-30 minutes if needed, till symptoms abate, if no improvement despite that, you need to call her doctor or go to ER, best wishes ...Read more

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Is abuterol safe to give with this type of Mucinex medicine? Will breathing treatments be beneficial at this point? Treating my daughter with mucinex- cough, cold & sore throat medicine since yesterday (2/17/12). Her cough was tight and is now breaking-up

Is abuterol safe to give with this type of Mucinex medicine? Will breathing treatments be beneficial at this point? Treating my daughter with mucinex- cough, cold & sore throat medicine since yesterday (2/17/12). Her cough was tight and is now breaking-up

Number: Number one question one must ask is what is your daughter`s diagnosis. If she has asthma she needs to be on maintenance medication instead of just albuterol (albuterol is considered a rescue medication in inhaler or nebulizer form and is not a substitute for controller medication). Mucinex (guaifenesin) may or may not help depending on underlying reasons for her cough, exacerbating/aggravating factors for her cough and underlying diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have a 3 month old baby boy and he has bronchitis he is on breathing treatments after 4 days and not getting any better?

I have a 3 month old baby boy and he has bronchitis he is on breathing treatments after 4 days and not getting any better?

But is he stable?: Lower airway inflammation like you have with bronchitis is unlikely to resolve within days on any form of treatment. The breathing treatments help wet the airways and decrease the thickness of debris and mucous. Most kids with bronchitis will gradually improve over a week to 2 wks. Some may cough for a month. If the kid is wetting diapers every 6h and resting some, he is stable, if not get re-ck. ...Read more

Dr. Sue Ferranti
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Bronchitis (Definition)

An inflammation of the mucous membranes of the bronchi. May be caused by either viral or bacterial infections, and is treated with antibiotics, steroids, inhaled bronchodilators, or mucolytics. Bronchitis can ...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