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Is albuterol dangerous, has anyone ever been hospitalized from using it?

Is albuterol dangerous, has anyone ever been hospitalized from using it?

Albuterol: Regarding the adverse effects of albuterol such as increased and irregular heart rate, and an increase in blood pressure, while not likely, treatment of thee adverse effects may require hospitalization. ...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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Is there is any danger involved in using an expired albuterol inhaler?

Is there is any danger involved in using an expired albuterol inhaler?

Do not use it: Out dated medication can be dangerous.
The compound may "break-down" and cause
just about any kind of adverse event such as hallucinations. ...Read more

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Is it okay to use albuterol and advair together? What are the dangers, and when should this combination be done/be avoided?

Is it okay to use albuterol and advair together? What are the dangers, and when should this combination be done/be avoided?

It's OK: It is OK to use this combination when instructed to do so by your doctor for acute asthma problems. Advair is a maintenance medication that contains a steroid and a long-acting beta agonist. Albuterol is the short acting version of the beta agonist. Sometimes during asthma attacks you require the short acting medication. Overuse of it can lead to further problems, however. ...Read more

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Is it dangerous to use albuterol everyday to help with shortness of breath if you only use it when you exercise?

Maybe: It sounds like you were given the albuterol inhaler to help with shortness of breath or wheezing during exercise...And that perhaps now you are having symptoms everyday. It certainly seems like your symptoms are changing, and if they are you should see your doctor to review your new symptoms with them. If you are having to use your inhaler more than usual, see your doctor. ...Read more

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How dangerous is it if I don't see a doctor after possibly over dosing on albuterol sulfate (6-7 puffs within an 9 hour period)?

How dangerous is it if I don't see a doctor after possibly over dosing on albuterol sulfate (6-7 puffs within an 9 hour period)?

Not an overdose: 6-7 puffs of albuterol in 9 hours for your age is not an overdose; however, if you are using your rescue inhaler that much in a day, you should consult with your doctor to see what else may be going on. Are you on a daily controller medication? ...Read more

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Problem w/ excess mucus; slight wheezing if exercising hard. Doc says it's likely allergies. Why prescribe potentially dangerous drug like Albuterol?

Asthma: Allergies can trigger asthma. Antihistamines will not help asthma. Albuterol is a first line medication to relieve the spasms of airway muscle that occurs with asthma. It is an excellent medication for occasional use. If albuterol helps but you need it more than twice a week, a preventative medication may be needed. If albuterol does not help, then other causes of symptoms need to be considered. ...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.

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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Does albuterol work?

Typically, yes.: Based on thousands if not millions of patients who have used albuterol, it should be considered a reasonable and safe medication for use. Any medication however may have side effects, and some users seem more sensitive to the fast heart rate, irritability, and agitation that can be encountered with its use. Your own physician is your best advisor as to the dose & frequency should it be required. ...Read more

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Does the albuterol work for cold?

For an approved use: Albuterol may work for people suffering from colds who have asthma and people with asthma having an attack in response to cold weather. It has also been used for a handful of other conditions. For a simple cold in someone who does not have asthma, there is not an adequate reason to use it. It is associated with shifts in potassium and glucose, and it is a prescription medication for a reason. ...Read more

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Can I neb budedonide with albuterol?

Yes, but...: You can put both together in the nebulizer; however, I prefer to separate them for this reason...Albuterol works fast to open up closed airways giving the Pulmicort a better chance of getting into the airways and decreasing inflammation. If you give both together, and there is significant airway spasm (closure), the Pulmicort may not be as effective. ...Read more

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Can I use expired albuterol sulfate?

Caution: Probably no increased danger, but expired medication often lose potency and do not work. ...Read more

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Where can I donate expired albuterol?

No where: No one should be using expired medications, so you can dispose of it properly when expired. ...Read more

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What can an overdose of albuterol do?

What can an overdose of albuterol do?

Albuterol overdose: Albuterol overdose can cause high or low bp, chest pain, irregular heart beat, shakiness and tremors
most serious overdose can cause cardiac arrest and/or death. ...Read more

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Please describe the medication: albuterol?

Bronchodilator: 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 as a oral liquid. ...Read more

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What are effects of proventil (albuterol)?

What are effects of proventil (albuterol)?

Various: Proventil, proair, and ventolin are all short acting drugs called albuterol (each made by different companies). All three can cause fast heart rate, tremor and gitteriness. ...Read more

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Is. 63 mg equivalent to. 083% of albuterol?

No.: There are several strengths of the albuterol solution. Two of them are
0.083% [2.5 mg/3 ml] and
0.021% [0.63 mg/3 ml].

As you can see one of them has 4x as much albuterol as the weaker solution. ...Read more

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Is albuterol good or bad to use for my baby?

Is albuterol good or bad to use for my baby?

Hard to say: Any med strong enough to do good is likely strong enough to do harm. When used properly this is a wonderful med that is widely used in treatment of kids at all ages. It is a prescription med and should only be used under the guidance of someone experienced in its use. ...Read more

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Is albuterol / proventil safe to give to children?

Is albuterol / proventil safe to give to children?

Typically, yes.: Based on thousands if not millions of children who have used albuterol (generic proventil), it may be considered a reasonable and safe medication for use. Any medication however may have side effects, and some children seem more sensitive to the fast heart rate, irritability, and agitation that can be encountered with its use. Your own pediatrician is your best advisor as to the dose & frequency. ...Read more

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How do you take proventil (albuterol) and ventolin?

See Below: Proventil and ventolin are both names for albuterol which is commonly used for bronchospasm seen in asthma and copd. They come in both inhaler and solution (nebulized) forms. 2 inhaled puffs from inhaler or one nebulized solution vial (depending on age and strength) are commonly recommended to be used every 4-6 hours for cough, wheezing, or shortness of breath. Contact provider if not helping. ...Read more

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How much time will it take albuterol to leave my system?

Fairly quickly: It tapers down out of your system fairly quickly. Probably not much in the system after 6 hours ...Read more

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Is there anything OTC that has similar uses to Albuterol?

Is there anything OTC that has similar uses to Albuterol?

No: Until December 2011 there was a product by the name of Primitene Mist that was sold over the counter. This has been banned for several reasons. Mostly because it was dangerous and was felt to be responsible for deaths. Remember when you use albuterol you are just treating symptoms and not the asthma. This often leads to increased use which can be dangerous. See a knowledgeable asthma doctor. ...Read more

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How often during the day should I give my child albuterol?

How often during the day should I give my child albuterol?

Albuterol: Assuming you mean for asthma treatment. Depending on age, usually kids will be prescribed 1-2 uffs by inhaler every 4-6 hrs. Albuterol is a type of beta-agonist. It acts by activating beta receptors in lungs which results in dilation and easier breathing. Please speak with your physician about actual dosing for your child. ...Read more

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I starting taking albuterol. I feel weird. Is this normal?

Albuterol: Yes, you may feel palpitations, nervousness, tremor, nausea etc. But over the time you will be ok. ...Read more

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I have albuterol that expired in 2011 so is it still effective?

I have albuterol that expired in 2011 so is it still effective?

Probably: The albuterol is probably still effective but perhaps not as effective as a new inhaler. If you're having trouble with your breathing, I certainly would use it but you should call your physician or pharmacy to request a refill. ...Read more

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How many drops of concentrated albuterol solution should I use?

Depends on strength: Albuterol inhalation solution is available in several strengths (ranging from 0.5% to 0.083%). The standard dose for inhalation would be 2.5mg per dose. Based on the strength you have available, you can determine how much to put in your nebulizer for use. ...Read more

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Accidentally took 3 puffs of albuterol instead of 2 will I be ok?

Albuterol: Yes. Of course.

Please also know that most people do not use their inhalers correctly. If you are putting the inhaler into your mouth then the medication may not being getting to the lungs appropriately. Please remember when using the inhaler that the opening of the inhaler must be about two inches away from the opening of the mouth to allow the mist to expand enough to be breathed into the lung. ...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. Latonya Brown-Puryear
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Proventil (Definition)

Proventil is an asthma beta receptor stimulator which is a kind of ...Read more