i used to have a warrick-brand inhaler. now i have a proair that sucks. anyone know what happened?
Asked by Bruno Mood 5 months ago.
Warrick Albuterol is the last CFC Albuterol inhaler. It is no longer made. Now all inhalers have to be HFA (a different propellant that changes the characteristics of aerosol, as compared to CFC inhalers). I have read that Proair is not a good inhaler. There are many different brands of Albuterol/Salbutamol. I have asthma and have used Ratio-pharm Salbutamol and Glaxo Smith Kline Ventolin. Ventolin from GSK is the only one on the market that does not contain corn-based methanol to help evaporation and it has worked well for me. Ratio-pharm and GSK both make a good inhaler of Albuterol. If you can tolerate it, there is also an Albuterol discus, the same device as Advair. It is a dry powder inhaler and should have more consistent dosing than a metered dose inhaler (what you are presently using). Please see your doctor if you think your inhaler isn't working. Your inhaler might save your life someday, when it works when you really badly need it to. On the other hand, it might kill you if it doesn't work when you need it to. Try another brand. If you are private pay, you can ask for a specific brand, or if you are paying with insurance, have your doctor specify a brand for the pharmacy to dispense to you. One advantage of GSK Ventolin is that it has a built-in dose counter (in the US). I would recommend it even though it costs a little bit more. That way you will know for sure when your inhaler is running low or empty. Answered by Maragaret Penha 5 months ago.
Yes it's prmary use is for asthama, which has wheezing as a major symptom. It may be he has a minor case of that. My two oldest sons both wheeze when they get colds and albuterol does the trick. I've never noticed any changes in sleep with them while they take it. Edit: one of them is 8 now, the other 2, but we've done this with them both since they were babies. I think the first time I used albuterol on my oldest he was about 3 months. Answered by Maris Pritchett 5 months ago.
Yes--you changed inhaler brands. Answered by Lucretia Ruland 5 months ago.
different manufacturers compounds vary a bit...apparently the warrick brand works better for you. Answered by Verdell Elvert 5 months ago.
Does anyone know how much they cost without insurance?
Asked by Bradly Poli 5 months ago.
ALBUTEROL (Proventil®, Ventolin®) is a bronchodilator, a medicine that opens up your air passages and makes breathing easier. It is a medicine for patients with various lung problems such as asthma and chronic bronchitis. Albuterol aerosol controls acute episodes or prevents recurring bouts of bronchospasm. It is useful for the prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm. Generic albuterol inhalation aerosol is available. Drugs that may interact with albuterol? •arsenic trioxide •astemizole •bepridil •beta-blockers, often used for high blood pressure or heart problems •arsenic trioxide •astemizole •bepridil •beta-blockers, often used for high blood pressure or heart problems •caffeine •certain antibiotics (such as clarithromycin, erythromycin, gatifloxacin, gemifloxacin, grepafloxacin, levofloxacin, linezolid, moxifloxacin, sparfloxacin) •chloroquine •cisapride •droperidol •halofantrine •levomethadyl •medicines for colds and breathing difficulties •medicines for heart disease or high blood pressure •medicines known as MAO inhibitors, such as phenelzine (Nardil®), tranylcypromine (Parnate®), isocarboxazid (Marplan®), and selegiline (Carbex®, Eldepryl®) •medicines to control heart rhythm (examples: amiodarone, disopyramide, dofetilide, flecainide, procainamide, quinidine, sotalol) •medicines for treating depression or mental illness (amoxapine, haloperidol, maprotiline, pimozide, phenothiazines, risperidone, sertindole, tricyclic antidepressants, ziprasidone) •methadone •pentamidine •probucol •some medicines for weight loss (including some herbal products, ephedra, ephedrine, dextroamphetamine) •steroid hormones such as dexamethasone, cortisone, hydrocortisone •terfenadine •theophylline •thyroid hormones •water pills or diuretics Cost is between $18 - $25 Answered by Lauren Boulware 5 months ago.
Depends, the inhalers with CFC's might be phased out, the new HFA types are almosst $50 Answered by Donovan Baur 5 months ago.
Albuteral 90mcg inhaler at CVC pharmacy in Virginia: $24.99 This is for the HFA type. Answered by Julieann Chhuon 5 months ago.
Can you OD on an albuterol inhaler?
Okay so I did something really stupid. My friends and I were using my inhaler to give us a buzz (Ive never done it, but it definitely works) and I took a ton of hits, but I didn't inhale more than 3 or 4. My heart is pounding and I'm kind of shaky. I'm terrified to go to sleep tonight because I'm...
Asked by Arron Mumm 5 months ago.
Okay so I did something really stupid. My friends and I were using my inhaler to give us a buzz (Ive never done it, but it definitely works) and I took a ton of hits, but I didn't inhale more than 3 or 4. My heart is pounding and I'm kind of shaky. I'm terrified to go to sleep tonight because I'm afraid I might go into cardiac arrest or have a seizure. I can't tell my parents because then they'll know what I've done. Answered by Adena Rosebur 5 months ago.
Albuterol is pretty short-acting. If it was a long-acting medication (e.g., salmeterol) then you would have a MUCH bigger problem. If it's just your regular rescue inhaler (albuterol) then you are fine. It will wear off in just a few hours. It is very rare for even fairly high-dose albuterol to cause problems in the vast majority of people. You did learn a few important things: 1) Albuterol will not get you high, but it WILL jack up your heart rate and blood pressure. In some folks, this can be enough for a heart attack. If that were the case, you would already know and wouldn't have had time to post this question. But it is good to know for the future so you can prevent other people from doing the same dumb thing. 2) People who smile at you are not always your friends. People who do the same things with you are not always your friends. If they don't have your best interest in mind, they are not friends. 3) Inhalers do not contain the kind of inhalants that do get you high. 4) The kind of inhalants that get you high do so by preventing you from using oxygen. The high you get is plain hypoxia. Here's the tricky part: You cannot regulate the dose and a single inhale can be more than enough to kill you in one shot. So while your inhaler can't get you high, the things that can are extraordinarily dangerous. Much moreso than other drugs. Should you feel the need to try again with something else -- don't. Answered by Ehtel Heidema 5 months ago.
You have no choice. You have to tell your parents. I doubt they want their child to die. You need to get to the ER now. Please tell them. You need to tell them everything because your "friends" may also need medical attention. Stop screwing around. This is a life or death situation. After this is taken care of, you can get the proper help you need so that you won't do this again. Huffing is addicting and very sad. Kids (and even some adult addicts) will huff anything from air freshners aerosols to compressed air canisters. It's dangerous and sick. Answered by Dorian Arciga 5 months ago.
Confused about albuterol perscription?
Hi!So, I was diagnosed with exertional asthma, and when I was first prescribed, I was supposed to take the inhaler every six hours as needed. I was 12 then.So, I'm 13 now, the prescription has not changed, but I'm a bit confused. Every six hours AS NEEDED. What does "as needed" mean? I've...
Asked by Cherrie Wettach 5 months ago.
Hi! So, I was diagnosed with exertional asthma, and when I was first prescribed, I was supposed to take the inhaler every six hours as needed. I was 12 then. So, I'm 13 now, the prescription has not changed, but I'm a bit confused. Every six hours AS NEEDED. What does "as needed" mean? I've been taking it every six hours every day (except when I had a cold last week, I didn't take it at all for three days straight, but other than that... so today, I read the actual prescription on the box the inhaler came in, and I was wondering what "as needed" means. Thanks, guys! :) Answered by Luther Mcfann 5 months ago.
Simple Answer: Use the Albuterol 30 minutes prior to aerobic exercise. In-Depth Answer: Albuterol is a bronchodilator, which in simple terms means it helps open up airways. Albuterol also has properties of a mucolytic meaning it can help thin secretions and assist in clearing "phlegm." That being said, it seems your diagnosis is exertional asthma which means you get symptoms with exertion or exercise. Exercise-induced asthma is a diagnosis given to people who experience symptoms of coughing, shortness of breath, wheezing, or chest tightness soon after beginning exercise. Some can also experience later symptoms a few hours after exercise. For reasons we don't completely understand, there is a histamine release that triggers spasms in your airways, leading to symptoms of asthma. Symptoms tend to be higher in people who exercise in the cold. The goal of treating exercise-induced asthma is to PREVENT the effects of this histamine release. Thus, the Albuterol should be taken PRIOR to activity which could result in the cascade of events. If used appropriately, symptoms can generally be completely avoided and the exercise can be continued without restrictions. Proper use is of utmost importance because if you are not using the inhaler correctly, the medicine will not reach the lower airway and cannot have it's desired effect. Many people with exercised-induced asthma also have symptoms of allergies and it may be beneficial for you to treat allergies as well, but speak with your doctor first. With all this being said, typically people should not need to take Albuterol EVERY 6 hours EVERY day. If a patient is requiring this much Albuterol, they really should be seen by their physician to obtain a controller medication to stabilize the asthma. A well controlled asthmatic should really only need Albuterol a few times a month when not having an asthma exacerbation. I really do hope your doctor explained the use of Albuterol BEFORE exercise at some point. Education is critical for patients with asthma or exercise-induced asthma so they know how to recognize symptoms and appropriately use the medicine. Nonetheless, I hope this helps and I'm glad you're asking questions. Good luck. Answered by Timothy Picozzi 5 months ago.
"As needed" means exactly that, as opposed to taking it regularly, as you've been doing. If you're wheezing, or if you're about to run or participate in some other activity you know is going to trigger your asthma, puff away. Otherwise, you needn't use it. Oddly, most people require the albuterol MORE when they have a cold. Answered by Kristie Dower 5 months ago.
given which you took it some hours previously and that they've been finding out in specific for that drugs. they does not attempt for that. in spite of in case you're deployed on a submarine, the place allergies isn't allowed, a drug attempt does not attempt for Albuterol oftentimes. It does not stay on your gadget besides. Answered by Jacinta Kuttler 5 months ago.
Could I have possibly overdosed from albuterol!?!?!?!?
Ok I have asthma and just saw my doctor yesterday .. She told me to use the pump every 4 hrs 2 sprays nd I have been having terrible attacks so I did 8 sprays .. Now all of a sudden .5 hour later I'm still coughing and I'm dizzy,I'm shaking , my heart is beating weirdly and I'm weakk very weak and...
Asked by Ahmed Medovich 5 months ago.
Ok I have asthma and just saw my doctor yesterday .. She told me to use the pump every 4 hrs 2 sprays nd I have been having terrible attacks so I did 8 sprays .. Now all of a sudden .5 hour later I'm still coughing and I'm dizzy,I'm shaking , my heart is beating weirdly and I'm weakk very weak and I'm tired I'm about to fall asleep when I woke up at 10:56 this morning... Helppp!!!! Answered by Natosha Bene 5 months ago.
Albuterol is a respiratory medication that comes in different ways to get into the lungs. Since your using the pump then why are you doing more then the doctor ordered. This is a side effect from inhaling too much of the drug. Consider the fact that this is a prescription medication and treat it as such. Either way the side effects are just as dangerous. Read the literature that comes with it every time. There is a reason for this. It's to make you aware of what can happen if or when you overdose. There is probably something there that also tells you what will happen and what to do. Please, take this into consideration the next time this happens. If you're having bad attacks then sit in the bathroom and turn the shower on hot and breathe in the steam. This will help open up the lungs so that you can breathe better. Tomorrow call your doctor, and tell them what happened, but just about the fact that despite the albuterol, you've been having bad attacks. The doctor will then advise you what to do. There are other medications that can be used either with or instead of the albuterol. Then please take the doctors advice and stick to it. Good luck and God Bless Answered by Jeff Bertalan 5 months ago.
Don't ever take more asthma medicine than the doctor prescribes, it will make your breathing worse. Yes i believe you overdosed on your medicine, call your doctor if you are still having problems and don't over medicate yourself again. Answered by Starr Golla 5 months ago.
I want to know why Albuterol causes me to be jittery, and why it causes my heartrate to race ten minutes later
well, i use my inhaler and between five and ten minutes later, my heart starts to race, i get really jittery, and i get shaky, and my body will get kind of weak. Can you help me and give me the reason why it does that?
Asked by Janie Bronstad 5 months ago.
Albuterol is a beta-2 agonist. There are beta-2 receptors on both your lungs and your heart. When you inhale albuterol, it goes directly to your lungs to activate those beta-2 receptors to relax your bronchi. Some of it will be absorbed across your lungs and get into your blood stream to travel to your heart. It activates the beta-2 receptors in your heart and so it picks up its rhythm. There are beta-2 receptors throughout your body and most of them correspond to the "flight-or-fight" adrenaline response. That's why you feel so shaky. It is highly doubtful that some of the albuterol that you swallowed down your esophagus and into your stomach is absorbed and causing your heart to race. 10 minutes is way too soon for that to be a result of absorption through your digestive tract. Effects from something absorbed across your digestive tract take a MINIMUM of 1/2 an hour (usually more like 1 hour). The kinietics of it just don't allow for it to work like that. Xopenex is a direct derivative of albuterol. It's kind of like a more isolated version of albuterol. Note that Xopenex (brand only available) came available when albuterol lost its patent and became generically available. The drug reps for xopenex will say that it has less effects on the heart than albuterol. That's all theory and they really don't have any data to back that up. I think it's just a game that the drug companies play (yes, they really do stuff like this because money is to be made). I am an asthmatic and a pharmacist and I refuse to pay more for xopenex when albuterol is here and there really is no benefit. By the way, both albuterol and xopenex say that they relieve bronchial constriction with little effects on the heart. That's because the other drugs that can relieve bronchial spasm will really speed up your heart (to dangerous levels in some patients). Albuterol is the only rescue medication for asthmatics because it acts so quickly. Your doctor may consider putting you on a long-acting form or a steroid to better manage you. But that all comes down to the severity of your asthma and your doctor has to make that call. Answered by Shelly Okelberry 5 months ago.
Albuterol is a derivative of adrenaline. A hit of adrenaline will make your heart race and your lungs open up, as part of "fight or flight." Feeling weak often happens after you have escaped whatever triggered the flight or fight. When you use an inhaler, some of it will deposit inside your mouth, no matter how careful you are to position it so most of it goes to your lungs. Albuterol goes to work in about five minutes, or so. One thing you can do is rinse your mouth out after taking your inhaler. Take a glug of water, swish it around your mouth, and spit it out. That will help remove some of the albuterol that is in the mouth, so it won't enter your bloodstream and cause the side effects you describe. If it's really bad, there are other medicines available, but in nebulized form and not inhaler. Xopenex is newer and has fewer side effects. Or, if you are using your rescue inhaler a lot, consider asking your doctor for better long term therapy, such as an inhaled steroid like the one in Advair. Answered by Jovan Elmore 5 months ago.
Albuterol Heart Rate Answered by Gema Cozier 5 months ago.
You really do need to be on a maintenance program. Your inhaler is for emergencies. Try contacting any associations or clinics to see if you could get help with medical bills. You will feel so much better once it is under control - the albuterol is short lived and does not keep the symptoms from coming back - just knocks them for the moment and that becomes ineffective when you continue to have the attack or if you get a respiratory infection. Perhaps your doctor could get you started on free samples - find a doctor for yourself not just the emergency room, they are only good for sucking chest wounds and heart attacks. Answered by See Polosky 5 months ago.
Albuterol inhaler question?
...my mom isnt a doctor
Asked by Emerson Freiling 5 months ago.
i was put on one about two maybe three weeks ago but it made me feel tired and my heart beat faster so my mom told me to stop taking it. A little bit ago i wasn't feeling good so i figured just go ahead and take it its no big deal. now from the chest up im red and my skin is hot plus my other symptoms. should i be worried?? Answered by Ashanti Evilsizor 5 months ago.
albuterol (a sympatheticmimetic, which activates the sympathetic nervous system) tends to increase heart rate, and get you insomnic (more alert and awake) once it starts acting systemically (all over your body) instead of locally (just in your lungs). in my humble opinion, the dosage could be a bit too high for your age, body weight, size etc. Allthough your mother is NOT a doctor, she should consult first before changing dosages etc. Just stopping a prescriped medication is never a good idea. Lowering it untill you can see a health care provider is a better option. A severe asthma attack is a lot worse than any of the side-effects you're describing and inhalant albuterol (in contrast to the nebulizing albuterol we carry in the ambulances or E.D.'s are a lot less effective once the attack is really severe.... If you have breathing difficulties go to a emergency department (airway, breathing and circulation are always medical first priorities). If you "only" have the symptoms that you were describing above, make an appointment with your health care provider and see them asap for dosage adjustment or medication switch. Good luck! Answered by Silas Wulkan 5 months ago.
if ur gettin them kind of symptoms u need to consult wit ur doctor.. it could b serious..... Answered by Heide Hudman 5 months ago.
thank goodness your mom is a doctor!! if you don't trust her, seek advice from another doctor. Answered by Marina Flippen 5 months ago.
Ever since Eckerd changed to Rite Aid I got a Armstrong inhaler but is that because of the change? When it was Eckerd i used to get a Warrwick inhaler and it would lossen up my lungs and relax them but the Armstong inhaler just gives me a dry throat and the constriction dosen't go away. Ia there some way i can...
Asked by Carman Chalupsky 5 months ago.
Ever since Eckerd changed to Rite Aid I got a Armstrong inhaler but is that because of the change? When it was Eckerd i used to get a Warrwick inhaler and it would lossen up my lungs and relax them but the Armstong inhaler just gives me a dry throat and the constriction dosen't go away. Ia there some way i can get my warrwick inhealer back because asthma is a very uncomfitorble feeling. I want to enjoy spring and summer. Albuterol cfc inhalers are going to be withdrawn from the market completely by Dec 2008. WHAT CAN I DO????? I JUST WANT TO GO ON LIVING JUST LIKE BEFORE THIS [email protected]%^&&*( LAW AND NOT GET CAUGHT UP IN ALL THIS NONSENCE WITH THE ECONOMY. Im not a big fan of change for the worse and i don't handle it well so im sorry if im comming on a little strong. Answered by Virgen Chiarmonte 5 months ago.
To add to what Matt said, HFA's have been shown to actually have more of the drug particulate matter deposited in your lungs then the old CFC's, as much as 30% more in fact. They do not have the cold feeling or as much of a taste so you could be psyching yourself out there because you don't physically feel the meds as much. But I also agree with Matt that you probably need to be put on a controller med like a corticosteroid or anticholinergic. Answered by Edmundo Muckelvaney 5 months ago.
Go to a different source and they already make inhalers that do not use cfc's. I use a good one called "preventil" (Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol). It works real good. It's made by Key Pharmaceuticals, Inc. Answered by Chantelle Whites 5 months ago.
I understand that the inhaler changed due to damage to the ozone and it's been a long time coming... the kind I got just a couple of months ago aren't made anymore. Talk to your dr. I'm not having any trouble with the change. Answered by Nu Schuld 5 months ago.
Look up learning to breathe properly. From the library get books of Louise Hay especially one called `Heal Yourself' & learn to change your emotional patterns that cause you to need an inhaler. As for throat problems Massage the waisted area of the inside of the big toes. I sometimes use roll a bic pen in this area. See your mind as a garden & thoughts as seeds.& by keeping the negatives weeded you realize how much you can control the happenings in your life. Negative emotion changes the molecular structure of the body negatively. Answered by Lavada Deprey 5 months ago.
you could change pharmacies. im sure there is a cvs or walgreens in your area. have your prescription transfered Answered by Sheree Ferrin 5 months ago.
Is Albuterol an alternative to steroids?
...or does it contain any steroids at all?
Asked by Lois Bozak 5 months ago.
Albuterol is not a steroid. It contains no steroids. Albuterol is a bronchidilator. It is often referred to as a rescue inhaler. Albuterol goes into the airways and relaxes them and opens them up. A steroid also helps with asthma by reducing the inflammation or swelling that takes place in those airways. Bronchodilators that are commonly prescribed are the following: (this is in no way a complete list. This is a list of those that are most common.) First of all, fast acting bronchodilators. These can be given via a nebulizer or an MDI (puffer). Albuterol, Levealbuterol, Ipatroprium Bromide Long Lasting Bronchodiators: Spriva, Serevent Anti inflammatory medications which are corticosteroids: Flovent, Advair (also contains serevent), pulmicort, Asthmanex, etc. Most of the time your doctor will give you several of these medications to help with your breathing. The regime is given so that your asthma is controlled well with less trips to the hospital with a bad attack. I am assuming that you have asthma...maybe some other sort of breathing problem? Answered by Joshua Lionello 5 months ago.
Albuterol – Ventolin – Proventil - is an adrenergic stimulant used as a bronchodilator in the treatment of asthma and other obstructive lung diseases. It is a drug that relaxes and dilates the bronchial passageways and improves the passages of air into the lungs. It does not contain any steroid preparation. It may be used in conjunction with, but not as an alternative to steroid medications. Hope this helps matador 89 Answered by Solomon Clock 5 months ago.
Albuterol is not a steroid and does not contain steroids. They are two very different drugs, see below: Salbutamol (INN) or albuterol (USAN) is a short-acting β2-adrenergic receptor agonist used for the relief of bronchospasm in conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Prevention medication Current treatment protocols recommend prevention medications such as an inhaled corticosteroid, which helps to suppress inflammation and reduces the swelling of the lining of the airways, in anyone who has frequent (greater than twice a week) need of relievers or who has severe symptoms. If symptoms persist, additional preventive drugs are added until the asthma is controlled. With the proper use of prevention drugs, asthmatics can avoid the complications that result from overuse of relief medications. Asthmatics sometimes stop taking their preventive medication when they feel fine and have no problems breathing. This often results in further attacks, and no long-term improvement. Preventive agents include the following. Inhaled glucocorticoids are the most widely used of the prevention medications and normally come as inhaler devices (ciclesonide, beclomethasone, budesonide, flunisolide, fluticasone, mometasone, and triamcinolone). Long-term use of corticosteroids can have many side effects including a redistribution of fat, increased appetite, blood glucose problems and weight gain. In particular high doses of steroids may cause osteoporosis. For this reasons inhaled steroids are generally used for prevention, as their smaller doses are targeted to the lungs unlike the higher doses of oral preparations. Nevertheless, patients on high doses of inhaled steroids may still require prophylactic treatment to prevent osteoporosis. Deposition of steroids in the mouth may cause a hoarse voice or oral thrush (due to decreased immunity). This may be minimised by rinsing the mouth with water after inhaler use, as well as by using a spacer which increases the amount of drug that reaches the lungs. Answered by Maisha Khalili 5 months ago.
Steroid Nebulizer Answered by Verdie Illuzzi 5 months ago.
Albuterol does not contain steroids. Albuterol is used in "rescue" inhalers for asthma. Steroids in inhalers are used to prevent asthma attacks. Oral steroids are given for serious asthma attacks usually for short periods of time. Answered by Van Perusse 5 months ago.
is Albuterol a alternative for flovent Answered by Danielle Soliani 5 months ago.
No and no but it does aid in faster fat loss with a proper diet and exercise. It tends to give more energy when you want to work out and work out longer. It increases your metabolic rate more than ECA but less than Clen and has a shorter half life than Clen so you don't have to worry about not being able to get to sleep or having to cycle it for say two weeks on/two weeks off like you do with clen. So stop eating so much and put those running shoes to work. Answered by Marlon Masar 5 months ago.
albuterol is contained in your RESCUE INHALER. make an appointment with your doctor. it is imperative that you understand how and why to use your meds. Answered by Rocco Bruening 5 months ago.
albuterol is an inhaler for those with asthma. It contains little steriods, not enough to hurt you or pump you up. Answered by Antonette Wiltfong 5 months ago.
Med Students, Why are more doctors using albuterol and xopenex to treat pneumonia and CHF?
Why the hell would you do peak flows or a PFT on someone with pneumonia. You know they would have a poor effort before even trying.
Asked by Ralph Aliff 5 months ago.
Albuterol and xopenex are b2 agonist that act by relaxing smooth muscle surrounding the bronchioles. But, bronchiolar smooth muscles are not usually constricted in patients with pneumonia or CHF. Pneumonia is an infectious inflammatory disease of the alveoli and surrounding bronchioles. Bronchial walls become inflamed and edemitous, but it doesn't usually cause smooth muscle constriction unless you have some kind of underlying bronchospastic disease also like asthma or COPD with a reversible component. Albuterol and Xopenex relax Smooth muscle only and do nothing for airway inflammation and alveolar consolidation (fluid), as in both of these diseases. Corticosteroids are usually prescribed to treat the inflammation as well as an antibiotic to treat the infection. For the mucus and fluid in the lungs B2 agonist are useless. Bronchial Hygeine Therapy such as deep breathing and coughing exercises, intrapulmonary percussion and PEP therapy via the Accapella, maybe even CPT are appropriate. Also some Hyperinflation therapy to recruit collapsed alveoli such as Incentive Spirometry or IPPB. Increasing fluid intake to thin secretions is also appropriate. Some people say that the moisture alone from the treatments willthin secretions but this is false. Nebulized albuterol and xopenex particles are about 0.5 microns in size and do NOT reach the terminal bronchioles and alveoli where the fluid and infection are. It would take particle sizes of at least one tenth of that size to get there. If the Patient's oxygen saturations are affected by the consolidation Oxygen Therapy should be started. Breathing treatments do not increase oxygen saturations in the blood. Patients with CHF don't need to be given any more fluid, they need to be given Diuretics such as Lasix or Bumex to get rid of some of the fluid that is pertuding into the lungs. Patients with pneumonia will improve their condition without Bronchodilator Therapy if all of the other treatment is correct, provided they don't have an underlying asthma like condition. Likewise Patients with CHF will improve if they are diuresed properly. The ONLY indication for Bronchodilator Therapy with such drugs as Albuterol or Xopenex is BRONCHOSPASMS. Answered by Blanca Martinas 5 months ago.
Probably shouldnt be. Depends on the severity of both conditions. 1. Pneumonia that causes bronchospasm as part of the pathology definitely indicates use of bronchodilators. Peak flow measurements or Pulmonary Function Testing should be utilized to determine the appropriateness of pharmacological intervention. 2. Severe CHF can cause bronchospasm from fluid in the airways and swelling (engorgement) of tissue in the airways ... it is not always indicated. The problem becomes that it is given inappropriately for almost any respiratory complaint, i.e., cough. Although a cough could signal bronchospasm ... likely not ..... I guess it is the same reason they give antibiotics when there are clearly no indications ... appeasement of the patient .. or the need to feel like you have done something .... not sure I understand the rationalization ... our superinfections are directly related to our indiscriminate use of antibiotics .... sorry for deviating from your question Answered by Alisia Jude 5 months ago.
Albuterol and levalbuterol are pretty safe drugs, and work at least as well as antibiotics in the treatment of bronchitis. It makes some people feel better and isn't likely to do any harm. By extension, the same applies in pneumonia. Safety is a concern, though, in heart failure patients, who are at risk for dysrhythmias that can be aggravated by beta-agonists. Sometimes it seems necessary to use them when bronchospasm is prominent, though. If you look in the old medical literature, you'll see this referred to as "cardiac asthma," though the concept and term have fallen out of favor. But it isn't as simple as that. Lots of people with heart failure have co-existing COPD, and it's very difficult to tell which is causing symptoms, even with all the new BNP tests. And if you take the approach of using one levalbuterol nebulization and watching for the response, you're still open to the "post hoc ergo propter hoc" fallacy, so it boils down to SWAG (scientific wild-assed guess). Answered by Dolores Beaber 5 months ago.