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Can Ipratropium Bromide cause a bronchitis like cough? Whenever I use my nebulizer I cough so hard and it will last for minutes.

Can Ipratropium Bromide cause a bronchitis like cough? Whenever I use my nebulizer I cough so hard and it will last for minutes.

TrySteamFromTeapot: Yes. Kind of like the first time you smoke, or if you take a hot toke. There's the medicine in there but also the propellants. They can irritate. So you have to decide if the benefits of using that medication outweigh the short-term discomfort. Also try to breathe in faster and deeper, then hold it for 10 seconds. That sometimes works. Gets past the upper cough reflex structures quickly. ...Read more

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Cough (Definition)

The cough reflex is a protective mechanism that uses muscles in your throat and chest to expel mucous and saliva that may contain pathogens that would otherwise possibly be inhaled via aerosol or to expel pathogens infecting the throat and respiratory system. Cough benefits the host by reducing load and benefits the pathogen which may then spread via aerosol. ...Read more


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My daughter 5 yrs old has had cough since sept. Dr said bronchitis put her on nebulizer cough is back and her chest hurts. Could it be something else?

My daughter 5 yrs old has had cough since sept. Dr said bronchitis put her on nebulizer cough is back and her chest hurts. Could it be something else?

She needs to be: Re-evaluated. Need to take her nebulized treatment every 6 hours along with her Pulmicort Respules twice daily. Do not stop treatment too quickly. She needs to be on maintenance once acute attack is under control. Chest is hurting because she is tight from increase inflammation of the lungs. ...Read more

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My chest hurts and feels congested. I take my proair every hour, as well as my nebulizer. I can cough all the mucus out, which I believe is the cause.

My chest hurts and feels congested. I take my proair every hour, as well as my nebulizer. I can cough all the mucus out, which I believe is the cause.

STOP!!!: You need to go to the emergency room or call your doctor. Very dangerous to take your proair every hour with your nebulizer (hopefully it is not a bronchodilator). If it is, you are overdosing yourself and making yourself sicker. If you are that tight you need steroids to help decrease the swelling in your lungs. Good that you are coughing up the mucus but using proair every hour is a no no! ...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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I gave my 8 year old his 3 year old brother's albuterol nebulizer for bad cough and it helped, will he have bad side effect? He is sleeping so good

I gave my 8 year old his 3 year old brother's albuterol nebulizer for bad cough and it helped, will he have bad side effect? He is sleeping so good

He'll be fine.: Rule #1: never give another child a patient's medications. Rule #2: if you do, let your pediatrician know. Rule #3: don't give the lungs medicine without listening to them first. Ok, now to answer your question, due to his bigger body weight/size, he can handle the little guy's dosing. You could have hit the nail on the head, and surmised correctly that he may have cough-variant asthma. Follow-up. ...Read more

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Can I Use a Nebulizer To Stop Coughing?

Can I Use a Nebulizer To Stop Coughing?

Maybe...: Cough can have many causes. If you have already seen a physician for your cough and the nebulizer Was prescribed for that purpose then it's fine. Otherwise, be very careful. ...Read more

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My 5 month old baby is RSV + been to ER more than 5 times, is it ok to give her xopenex (levalbuterol) 0.63mg/3ml through nebulizer for wheezing & coughing?

My 5 month old baby is RSV + been to ER more than 5 times, is it ok to give her xopenex (levalbuterol) 0.63mg/3ml through nebulizer for wheezing & coughing?

Definitely but she: Needs to be monitored &managed by her pediatrician. Sounds like she is not under control. She may need steroids either orally 4 short course, 5 days or add Pulmicort to her regimen. Be aggressive initially &wean her off xopenex (levalbuterol) &eventually maintain her on Pulmicort twice daily till controlled & then once at night 4 a few months then re- evaluate. If ex-expremie, she may need synagis. Discuss w her md. ...Read more

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Taking avelox prednisone and albuterol nebulizer. Coughed really bad and had urine leakage. It was brown. I also have endometriosis.

Taking avelox prednisone and albuterol nebulizer. Coughed really bad and had urine leakage. It was brown. I also have endometriosis.

Urine analysis: You should consider having your doctor do a urine analysis. This type of analysis involves giving a small sample of urine and testing urine to make sure that there is no bacteria in the urine. Sometimes medications especially antibiotics can cause color changes to occur in the urine as well. ...Read more

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If I got no option by any chance can I use water as medicine into nebulizer to help in cough or breath cases?

If I got no option by any chance can I use water as medicine into nebulizer to help in cough or breath cases?

Improves cough: All that would do is like a humidifier, it may improve your cough and hydrate the secretions. Better to use Normal Saline to avoid swelling of the cells due to the water being hypotonic, and yes, we don't recommend to use water alone especially if no limit. It can make you feel like drowning with more swelling of the airways and cells. ...Read more

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Can I use sodium chloride 3% sterile vials for my son to use in the nebulizer for a croupy cough? He's 2.5 with no wheeze but heavy breathing

Can I use sodium chloride 3% sterile vials for my son to use in the nebulizer for a croupy cough? He's 2.5 with no wheeze but heavy breathing

Sure: Yes, try a treatment for 10 to 15 minutes, this should soothe the croupy cough. Luckily he is old enough that his airway is big enough to not be at risk of serious airway trouble from croup like the smaller toddlers. Best of luck! ...Read more

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I have a one year old so who uses nebulizer but nw he sometimes cough w/ a harsh sound, will I use then the nebulizer?

I have a one year old so who uses nebulizer but nw he sometimes cough w/ a harsh sound, will I use then the nebulizer?

Depends: On the reason for the cough. Generally a "barking" or harsh cough is not indicative of bronchospasm but more suggestive of croup, swelling of the upper airway. When I hear that a child with asthma tends to also have a harsh cough, my first thought is that there may be some silent reflux sensitizing the upper airway. Ask his primary care physician to consider that. ...Read more

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I've had a cough since November 2014. I saw urgent care in January 2015, was given anti-biotics and Nebulizer but I still have cough.

I've had a cough since November 2014. I saw urgent care in January 2015, was given anti-biotics and Nebulizer but I still have cough.

Too Much Coughin'!!: My God, man!! Do you still have a trachea? Pertussis can do this (which clears up in a few months) but so can a few other things, so remove thee to a doctor (General Practitioner or Pulmonologist) to decide if this will eventually blow-over or you have something else going on! If nothing else, for the short-term find some kind of medication to quell the cough, which now has a life of its own. ...Read more

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Should we start ventolin nebulization during streptococcal tonsillitis and cough (if wheezing starts) for a child around 4?

Should we start ventolin nebulization during streptococcal tonsillitis and cough (if wheezing starts) for a child around 4?

No: Ventoline has no effect on the tonsils nor the swelling in that area. It may cause increased heart rate and other unpleasant side effects. If the child has reactive airway disease and gets ventoline as part of his treatment, then he should follow treatment plan outlined by his doctor for acute exacerbations of his symptoms. ...Read more

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Should I use a nebulizer when I have a coughing fit? I have a background of having pneumonia when I was younger

Should I use a nebulizer when I have a coughing fit? I have a background of having pneumonia when I was younger

Depends: Nebulizer can be used to deliver various medication. Albuterol is the most common one. Albuterol is a bronchodilator (relaxes you airway smooth muscle). It is usually helpful in those patients who have cough due to asthma. You shoulda your doctor for further evaluation to determine the cause of cough. You may need Pulmonary Function Tests if the diagnosis of asthma is suspected. ...Read more

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I have bronchitis. On Biaxin (clarithromycin) for 24 hrs and 20 mg of prednisone 2x day. Asthma flare up. Nebulizer 3-4 hrs day. Coughing green stuff. When will heal?

I have bronchitis. On Biaxin (clarithromycin) for 24 hrs and 20 mg of prednisone 2x day. Asthma flare up. Nebulizer 3-4 hrs day. Coughing green stuff. When will heal?

Bronchitis: 36 year old woman with PMH of GERD, asthma, meningioma with acute bronchitis and asthma exacerbation managed with 20mg prednisone BID and clarithromycin. Studies show that 90% of bronchitis is due to a virus and antibiotics are not helpful most of the time. Bronchitis symptoms last about 3 weeks. If you develop fever or fast breathing or if asthma still not controlled with nebs/saba/dulera see doc ...Read more

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I use a nebulizer anytime my child gets a cold or a cough. Is this advisable? Will it bring health issues in the future?

I use a nebulizer anytime my child gets a cold or a cough. Is this advisable? Will it bring health issues in the future?

It should not: Bring any health issues if used properly for asthma / reactive airway disease which are triggered by cold virus, allergies etc. A lot of times parents misuse it for just a cough and cold! Your child needs to be followed on a regular basis anyway if indeed diagnosed with asthma. Length of treatment, frequency, concerns regarding meds prescribed can then be addressed at your visits. ...Read more

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I use a nebulizer with my albuteral and now i. Have a cough what can I do for it?

I use a nebulizer with my albuteral and now i. Have a cough what can I do for it?

Call your doc: O/c cough meds may help a cough caused by drainage, but if it is from something else and the albuterol is not helping, you need to see your doc. ...Read more

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My daughter is struggling to breathe with her cough/cold. I don’t have a nebulizer, what Can I do for her that is similar and will help her to breathe better?

ER NOW!: They have the appropriate medicines in your local emergency room. Struggling to breath in a 5 year old could be asthma. Do not attempt over the counter inhalers with her. If you have a pediatrician you trust, they may be able to see her now. Hope this helps! Do not delay! ...Read more

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Initial stage of cough. Can I use nebulizer with saline alone or with salbutamol?

Initial stage of cough. Can I use nebulizer with saline alone or with salbutamol?

Mgt: For an infant nasal saline to keep the passages clear is important. If there is a history of asthma, please use the salbutamol. If you are treating bronchiolitis saline can help relieve symptoms. ...Read more

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My 4 year old has a lingering cough, lungs are clear, but he's been coughing a lot today. Will using the nebulizer help?

My 4 year old has a lingering cough, lungs are clear, but he's been coughing a lot today. Will using the nebulizer help?

Cough: Not always come from the lungs, could be his throat, sinuses ears or his nose, although cough could be the first sign of airway irritation and narrowing, you can still use the nebulizer with a bronchodialtor medicine if you have, if that doesn't help, see his doctor, whom you will need to see anyways for proper management after control of your son's cough, wish you both wellness ...Read more

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Cough syrup, Nosal drop and steam are not affecting much for my 1 month infant, can I give him nebulizer with saline water.

Cough syrup, Nosal drop and steam are not affecting much for my 1 month infant, can I give him nebulizer with saline water.

? irritants?: The first months are troubled by narrow nasal passages exposure to dust, fragrances, smoke & other irritants. This often ends as congestion & produces rattling with breathing. The best rx is washing out the nose with saline & SUCTIONING the remainder. Eliminate irritants from babies environment & this will happen less. Cough syrups make them worse. Nasal drops without suction are a waste of time. ...Read more

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I forgot to mention with my 8 month old that has the cough that he has been prescribe allergie meds, nebulizer and codine still is not getting better?

I forgot to mention with my 8 month old that has the cough that he has been prescribe allergie meds, nebulizer and codine still is not getting better?

Not a chat room: Your questions are never linked and are submitted at random to site consultants. This looks like a followup question, and as such makes little sense. If your kid is not responding to treatment he should be evaluated. ...Read more

Nebulizer (Definition)

A nebulizer is a machine that turns a liquid into a mist. It is usually used for medications for asthma, cystic fibrosis, and copd, so that the medications can be ...Read more