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How dangerous are rescue drugs for asthma?

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Dr. William Walsh
Addiction Medicine
4 doctors agree

In brief: Safe

Albuterol and the other rescue beta-agonists are generally safe.
You may get a rapid heart beat ... But it is better than dying of asthma or suffering. The reason we like to minimize rescue inhalers is that they don't treat the underlying illness - airway inflammation. Inhaled steroids do this well for most sufferers. See your doc for more information.

In brief: Safe

Albuterol and the other rescue beta-agonists are generally safe.
You may get a rapid heart beat ... But it is better than dying of asthma or suffering. The reason we like to minimize rescue inhalers is that they don't treat the underlying illness - airway inflammation. Inhaled steroids do this well for most sufferers. See your doc for more information.
Dr. William Walsh
Dr. William Walsh
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In brief: Relatively safe, but

The short-acting beta agonists (albuterol) do have some side effects like palpitations, etc.
But are relatively safe. The long-acting beta agonists (laba) are recommended (alone) in COPD but not asthma. There have been links with severe side effects when labas are used without steroids. In the us laba are often available in combo with steorids and used as a controller-not rescue.

In brief: Relatively safe, but

The short-acting beta agonists (albuterol) do have some side effects like palpitations, etc.
But are relatively safe. The long-acting beta agonists (laba) are recommended (alone) in COPD but not asthma. There have been links with severe side effects when labas are used without steroids. In the us laba are often available in combo with steorids and used as a controller-not rescue.
Dr. Richard Williams
Dr. Richard Williams
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Dr. Steven Machtinger
Internal Medicine - Allergy & Immunology

In brief: Not dangerous at all

Rescue medications like albuterol are analogs of Epinephrine & norepinephrine, 2 chemical hormones made by your body that have multiple effects stimulating lungs, heart, muscles & gut.
Rescue drugs are chemically designed to have little effect on any organ other than the lungs. Overuse of rescue drugs may not be sufficient to control asthma. When use exceeds 2x/week you also need controller meds.

In brief: Not dangerous at all

Rescue medications like albuterol are analogs of Epinephrine & norepinephrine, 2 chemical hormones made by your body that have multiple effects stimulating lungs, heart, muscles & gut.
Rescue drugs are chemically designed to have little effect on any organ other than the lungs. Overuse of rescue drugs may not be sufficient to control asthma. When use exceeds 2x/week you also need controller meds.
Dr. Steven Machtinger
Dr. Steven Machtinger
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