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Which symptoms may cause a doctor to prescribe albuterol over other asthma medications?

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Dr. Sue Ferranti
Internal Medicine
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In brief: Reliever

Albuterol is a class of medicine known as a beta-agonist.
Albuterol helps to relax the breathing tubes thus opening the airways so the patient can breathe normally again. These medicines work fairly quickly to relieve symptoms so they can be given regularly to prevent symptoms but can also be given at the first sign of an exacerbation to prevent progression of symptoms.

In brief: Reliever

Albuterol is a class of medicine known as a beta-agonist.
Albuterol helps to relax the breathing tubes thus opening the airways so the patient can breathe normally again. These medicines work fairly quickly to relieve symptoms so they can be given regularly to prevent symptoms but can also be given at the first sign of an exacerbation to prevent progression of symptoms.
Dr. Sue Ferranti
Dr. Sue Ferranti
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In brief: Wheezing

Albuterol is the best medication for acute asthma attacks with wheezing.
For long term control of asthma, other medications, such as an inhaled steroid, are used in addition to albuterol.

In brief: Wheezing

Albuterol is the best medication for acute asthma attacks with wheezing.
For long term control of asthma, other medications, such as an inhaled steroid, are used in addition to albuterol.
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
Dr. Anthony LaBarbera
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Dr. Matt Malkin
Anesthesiology
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In brief: Fast relief

Albuterol is a very fast-acting bronchodilator.
It works best for an acute asthma attack. Other asthma meds are slow-acting or work in different ways to prevent exacerbations. These must be taken as directed, symptoms or not. Well-controlled asthma should only require very rare albuterol use unless directed by a physician.

In brief: Fast relief

Albuterol is a very fast-acting bronchodilator.
It works best for an acute asthma attack. Other asthma meds are slow-acting or work in different ways to prevent exacerbations. These must be taken as directed, symptoms or not. Well-controlled asthma should only require very rare albuterol use unless directed by a physician.
Dr. Matt Malkin
Dr. Matt Malkin
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Dr. Joel Selter
Pediatrics - Allergy & Asthma

In brief: Asthma symptoms

Albuterol, Levalbuterol or Pirbuterol are the most effective short acting bronchodilators and should be prescribed to all patients with asthma as a rescue medication.
Asthma symptoms may consist of cough, wheeze, dyspnea and/or mucus production.

In brief: Asthma symptoms

Albuterol, Levalbuterol or Pirbuterol are the most effective short acting bronchodilators and should be prescribed to all patients with asthma as a rescue medication.
Asthma symptoms may consist of cough, wheeze, dyspnea and/or mucus production.
Dr. Joel Selter
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