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What's the difference between albuterol and albuterol sulfate?
I always used to get albuterol but my last prescription filled was albuterol sulfate. Is this the new form of albuterol?
X
02/12/07
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  No. It's always been albuterol sulfate. Most doctors will just write "albuterol" on the prescription because pharmacists know that is albuterol sulfate.
bmac
02/12/07
my 2 year old ingested albuterol sulfate inhalation solution?
My son possibly drank his sisters albuterol sulfate solution 0.083 percent what are some signs that I need to watch for and what can I do
Jennifer Jude
04/17/11
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  No need for panic! The albuterol sulfate inhalation solution comes in prepackaged squeeze containers and doesn't hold more then a few cc's of solution. On top of that it is also diluted with a saline solution so when you squeeze it into the SVN (small volume nebulizer), the worst that will happen is that your son will get a mild case of diarrhea. The solution is meant to be inhaled yes, BUT, once the solution has been inhaled it passes through small alveoli into the bloodstream which will just give the same effect as if you drank the solution. Nothing happens to your daughter, nothing is going to happen to your son. The medication is used to treat constricted airways and help with bronchial problems, asthma, etc. If your son has none of these problems the medication will have no affect on him. The only way this would be cause for concern is if he ingested a LARGE amount or he did this on a regular basis. If you're still worried you can call the poison control center at 1-800-222-1222 and talk to a professional just to be on the safe side.

--- Mother of 3 & health-care professional ---

Still, keep a close eye on him in case he has a reaction since at that young of an age you are still learning about allergies to certain medications
Stephanie
04/17/11
Can a patient take Albuterol Sulfate and Advair together?
The spelling is Albuterol sulfate
linda
04/30/09
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  Yes .... in acute states they are prescribed together ..... the advair is a long term therapy that should be continued in the acute phase ... and the albuterol is used to address the acute airways dysfunction, generally during hospital confinement
cryptoxmit
04/30/09
Benzonatate & an Albuterol Sulfate Inhaler. Is it okay to use both at once?
Dosage is 100 MG for Benzonatate, The inhalor is ProAir HFA (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Aerosol.
yaykittensmewmew
12/22/07
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  I searched this site and check my nursing drug handbook and both said there was no reaction but you should ask a pharmacist or a doctor to be 100% sure.
Antonio
12/22/07
Difference between ipratropium and albuterol?
What's the difference between ipratropium bromide and albuterol sulfate?
I'm asthmatic & I currently have an upper respiratory infection. My doctor gave me a nebulizer to use for a week or so. He only mentioned albuterol, but when I opened it up to check out the medication, there's both ipratropium AND albuterol in here.

Are they the same medication?
sardoodledom
04/21/09
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  No they're not the same medication but they do the same thing. They are both bronchodilators. The body has two nervous systems which are called the sympathetic and the parasympathetic. What one does the other undoes. The sympathetic system dilates the bronchial tubes. So albuterol stimulates these nerves to cause the bronchi to dilate.And the action is called sympathomimetic. The other system, the parasympathetic causes the bronchi to constrict. That's where ipratropium comes in. It stops the action of the constriction by being a parasympatholytic. Or it stops the action of the parasympathetic making the bronchi dilate.
So, now that that's clear as mud, that's the difference between the two and why they're often given in combination with each other.
God bless.
Dave
04/21/09
albuterol sulfate?
can albuterol sulfate inhalation solution be inter changed with xopenex levalbuterol inhalation liquid solution
jeff o
04/17/07
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  Yes, many people cant handle the side effects from the albuterol. jittery, shaky, increased heart rate to name a few. Also, albuterol only last around 4 hours.
Xopenex (levalbuterol) does not cause these irritating side effects (for the most part) and last around 6 hours.
They are both bronchodilators. Xopenex tends to be a little more expensive, but if you are in need of alubterol treatments every four hours, switching to xopenex would estimate to cost the same, since it is only taken every six hours.
some physicians still recommend the xopenex be taken every 4 hours if a patient is in distress.
Please only take your medication as directed.

In my opinion Xopenex is the drug of choice for people with any lung disease or disorder!
hope i helped!
davisk80
04/17/07
Can you take 2 Advil's and and two puffs of Albuterol Sulfate inhailor?
i am in reallyy bad pain right now
and i want to take 2 Advils and then two puffs of my inhailor.
the Advil is your regular stregth ... and my inhailor says its Albuterol Sulfate.

can i take them both.. safely?
please help im in soo much pain
J'adore les chiens
07/14/09
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I am having trouble breathing I Took albuterol Sulfate Now there are other things happening are these normal?
I am having trouble breathing I Took albuterol Sulfate (which My Doctor Prescribed) Now there are other things happening such as, I'm Shaking, my hands and legs are shaking, and My Heart rate is increased is this normal?
Darkchaos
03/10/10
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  A side effect of Albuterol is increased heart rate which causes shaking. If its more than just a little bit increased it could mean you're having an over reaction. Make sure not to take more than 2 puffs every 4 hours. If you do it can increase those effects. If it gets too bad or unbearable go to your doctor or er. There are other alternatives to Albuterol for asthma and other breathing problems that don't have the heart rate increase effects.
Nif
03/10/10
Why isnt it ok to use Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution after the expiration date what results would occur?
What would be the internal and external results of using Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Solution after expiration date?
Irony
03/31/11
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how can I get rid ot the tremors caused by ipratropium bromide and albuterol sulfate inhalation treatments?
StagPreston
01/31/07
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  Tremors are the most common side effect with these meds. The tremors will pass is due time, its patient specific. Some people experience it for just a few minutes and some have them for hours. I don't know of any way to reverse them, but I do promise that they will eventually go away. If it is too bothersome for you see if your doctor will switch you to Xopenex it has fewer side effects.
CJBig
01/31/07
Can I boil albuterol and breathe in the fumes?
I'm having an asthma/panic attack and I can find my inhaler. I've searched everywhere.
I no longer have my machine but I do have a few little tubes of albuterol. I know I'm supposed to breathe in the albuterol fog so could I put the albuterol in a pot and boil it or should I add water to it? What do I do? Please help!
~Jennifer~
03/26/08
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  You should always have more then one inhaler,and about albuterol,I would suggest putting in a bowl with a little boiling water,then breathe in the steam with a clothe around your head and the bowl.But get medical help A.S.AP.
Kelly
03/26/08
How long after taking pseudoephedrine can I use an inhaler? (albuterol sulfate)?
my doctor said use one or the other... im not having much luck w/ the pseudoephedrine but I want to be safe
Any help is much appreciated!
willow
03/04/08
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  I'm a tad confused by these directions, but it could be because of the possible cardiac side effects. They are 2 totally different drugs and they work differently.
Since the jitters and rapid heart rate don't last as long with the inhaler, I recommend using it first. About an hour later, take the pseudoephedrine and analyze how that system works for you. If you still are too jittery, ask your doctor to replace your Albuterol with Levalbuterol/Xopenex instead.
cwgrrl7
03/04/08
What do I do if I dont have any medical insurance....?
and I need a refill on my albuterol sulfate inhalation solution and Ipratropium Bromide inhalant solution for my breathing machine?
jessica o
04/12/09
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  If you have a major University where you live, chances are it has a Medical school where you may receive Free or low cost medical services depending on your income :-)
Richard G
04/12/09
taking inhalers for emphysema 1 time a day how long can I take this before lungs become imune to medicine?
taking albuterol sulfate and ipratropium bromide inhalation solutions once every morning
eb
12/25/06
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  Hello =)

I don't know of any data that supports the idea of a built-up tolerance to albuterol sulfate. Ipratropium bromide may fail to provide relief after a year or two, but its primary purpose, in addition to the albuterol, is to make the albuterol more tolerable to you.

Don't panic, you are using very small doses right now. They can be scaled up quite a bit before there is any real problem.

Namaste, and Happy Holidays,

--Tom
glassnegman
12/25/06
Is there a difference between epinephrine and albuterol?
Is albuterol and epinephrine the same thing? I know people abuse epinephrine to lose weight or get a speed like effect, but is it the same as albuterol, if not why do people abuse albuterol then?
betty
05/29/07
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  No they are not the same thing. Epinephrine is your "fight or flight" hormone. You are thinking of ephedrine (in weight loss products) Albuterol is used for people with asthma or other breathing problems. Epinephrine can help relax your airways and make it easier to breath similarly to albuterol....but they are not the same thing.
drwalsh03
05/29/07
What can an overdose of albuterol do to you?
I think I may be taking too much albuterol...a lot too much. And it makes me really shaky. I feel like I'm so shaky I almost can't walk and have trouble thinking. I've read that overdoses can cause seizures and such. Is this type of thing what I am experiencing? I'm not so sure on what the dosage should be, but I seem to have breathing troubles a lot. I think half of the problems could be caused by the albuterol. Part of the problem is that my breath seems to come out as if I'm crying or trembling and my heart is racing.
I already have singulair and advair. Albuterol is my emergency inhaler, and truthfully, I take it for the buzz. I like the way it makes me feel in my head. Does this make me a druggie?
I've actually taken it 35 times in one day before.
Kali S. Loves Not You
12/13/06
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  the normal dose for an albuterol inhaler is: 2 puffs by mouth every 4 to 6 hours. you shouldn't use it more than 6 times a day. if you are, you can o.d. on albuterol, and also, you should be on something else to help control your breathing, because albuterol isn't really supposed to be a maintenance drug, it's more of an emergency drug.

ask your doctor about something like Advair or Singulair. those drugs help keep you from having asthma attacks, and you wouldn't need to use your albuterol as much.
Elaine T
12/13/06
Azmacort and albuterol?
I have been on albuterol inhaler for a while and my doctor just added Azmacort to my list. I take Azmacort three times a day now: 10am, 5pm, 10pm. My question is.. do I still use my albuterol? If so when do I use it with the schedule I'm on with Azmacort?
Nessy K
03/15/09
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  Azmacort is meant to prevent symptoms of asthma in the first place. it does not treat sudden symtoms of attack.

Thats why you still need the albuterol, aka the rescue inhaler, which Does treat acute symptoms of asthma like an attack.

The two are safe when used in combination...but everyone has an individual response to medications...so you should always be on alert for an adverse reaction when starting a new med.

After you are on the azmacort for a bit, if you are someone with mild asthma, you should notice a decreased occurance in your acute asthma attacks/symtoms and therefore, most asthmatics on a drug like azmacort do not need the albuterol as often, (i hardly ever need mine for instance once i started a maintancence drug like azmacort) They usually then use the albuterol only on an as needed basis..not on a schedule which you may have been origionally on. HOWEVER: it is very important no matter how good your asthma gets that you keep an albuterol inhaler on hand in case of an emergency!!!

Its sad that advair costs 200$ a month b/c when I have it, i have no asthma symptoms at all...but i dont have insurance right now. someday soon though ill be getting it :) GL!
Ilikestoanswer
03/15/09
Can prescription medicine be returned?
I was dealing with a cough and my doctor prescribed both Advair and ProAir HFA (albuterol) for it. I've been using the Advair and it seems to be working the more I use it (which is 2 inhales every day, morning and night). The Albuterol he said only to use it if it was needed, which it hasn't yet. The albuterol cost me around 30 bucks and I was wondering if it can be returned considering I don't think I'll need it. I got it at CVS Pharmacy and it has not been used.

06/01/10
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  I'm not sure if the other user works at a CVS, but at my store you can return the rx if it has not been tampered with in any way (i.e. used) and if you're returning it within two weeks of purhase. At least this is what my pharmacy allows, not sure if it's through all the stores. I think it depends on the pharmacy.

06/03/10
Can prescription medicine be returned?
I was dealing with a cough and my doctor prescribed both Advair and ProAir HFA (albuterol) for it. I've been using the Advair and it seems to be working the more I use it (which is 2 inhales every day, morning and night). The Albuterol he said only to use it if it was needed, which it hasn't yet. The albuterol cost me around 30 bucks and I was wondering if it can be returned considering I don't think I'll need it. I got it at CVS Pharmacy and it has not been used.
Sergio
06/01/10
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  I'm not sure if the other user works at a CVS, but at my store you can return the rx if it has not been tampered with in any way (i.e. used) and if you're returning it within two weeks of purhase. At least this is what my pharmacy allows, not sure if it's through all the stores. I think it depends on the pharmacy.
Chelsea
06/03/10
What will happen to my albuterol refills?
I was just wondering, I will have 3 refills of my albuterol left by the time my one year anniversary of my dr. appointment will occur. I don't have an asthma attack every day, usually only if I'm sick already or I have been around a lot of my asthma triggers. Will those albuterol refills just expire, or can I continue to get them refilled until I run out of refills?
Vague
10/08/09
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  I'm thinking that you may need to call the Dr.'s Office OR the Pharmacy where you got the original Rx filled...

Also, if you have been 'diagnosed' w/ asthma, you need to know your triggers, & try to avoid them....Your Dr. may also be able to put you on other inhalers, that are'nt opf the 'rescue' variety as is the Albuterol...I am on Advai, daily, & it helps me alot...just saying here....
duane4ta
10/08/09
Albuterol?
Does the medicine Albuterol, used for treatment of asthma, contain steroids?
Savanna23
06/20/08
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  No, I take aulbuterol it does not contain steriods. It is not a steriod drug. Maybe other inhalers like atrovent have steriods but I am almost positive that aulbuterol does not.
lilangel
06/20/08
Is the Albuterol sulfate syrup for a nebulizer safe to swallow?
Can i swallow the syrup instead of putting it into the nebulizer? If so, which way would be more effective with working out?
Person
05/15/10
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  Albuterol SYRUP is for oral use....albuterol SOLUTION is for your nebulizer. You should not use the SYRUP in a nebulizer.
Joe
05/15/10
Will albuterol sulfate cause me to fail my drug test the day after tomorrow?
I used it for the first time in a while I was scheduled to take the M.E.P.S drug test could it cause me to fail?
Josep Hull
07/04/11
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  No, but the pot you smoked and liquor you drank will.
shutuppauface
07/04/11
Why cant you use morphine sulfate to treat surgical pain?
I had a herniated disc in my L5S1 area of my back. The doctor gave me morphine sulfate for the pain. Last week I had decompression surgery to correct the problem. I was given a different pain med. that works very well but the doctor told me not to use the morphine for pain. I was given morphine in the hospital but I cant use the morphine sulfate for pain at home. The literature they give with medication when you get a perscription filled even says not to use morphine sulfate to treat postsurgery pain. I just want to know if there is a medical reason why you cant use morphine sulfate to treat surgical pain.
pam s
08/28/07
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  Couldn't say it any better than Matador89 did. He is spot on. I had the same surgery and believe me you won't need the Morphine, that surgery was a blessing for me, I hope it is for you. Good Luck
DeltaQueen
08/28/07
My cousin has a cold and a very bad cough, but he doesn't have asthma?
Okay, so he doesn't have asthma but can I use Albuterol Sulfate and Pulmicort Respules together?
Is it okay for my cousin.

Btw, my cousin's 3 years old.
Thanks.
Rawr.
02/07/09
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  No, it's not okay. They are very specific medications, for very specific problems - which your cousin doesn't have. Also, your cousin is only three, which is definitely too young for you to be giving him medication of that type without a doctor's order and supervision.

Your cousin needs to see his doctor, if you feel that his cold and cough are bad enough to need medical intervention. If you can't get to his doctor, then try a local clinic, or even the hospital.
Raven
02/07/09
Can morphine sulfate be IV'd through the arm?
Just wondering can someone crush up morphine sulfate and shoot it up? Or does it not work in water? Its Morphine Sulfate not regular morphine. I found needles in my brothers room next to this bottle of morphine sulfates. Please let me know
Jessler
06/20/09
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  Yes you can. If you think your brother is doing this please tell someone. It is very dangerous, he could kill himself with an overdose.
susan
06/20/09
Can Albuterol Sulfate make you fail a drug test?
I've used it twice and I was just wondering if it can make you fail a drug screening test and how long it stays in your system.
Enrique
04/23/10
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  No it will not make you fail a drug test.

It stays in your system for around 6-8 hours.
Amanda S.
04/23/10
What symptoms may cause a doctor to prescribe Albuterol over other asthma medications?
For what particular asthma symptoms does Albuterol (Salbutamol) cater to? Why may a doctor determine that his or her patient needs to take albuterol instead of other potential asthma medications?
Kyle E
05/21/08
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  Fast acting B2 agonists like albuterol "cater" to the bronchial smooth muscle constriction that is occuring arround your lower airways. the albuterol relaxes the smooth muscle allowing the bronchioles to widen and more air to pass. There is airway inflammation occuring as well that is usually taken care of with steroids.

If you use your inhaler more than twice a week your asthma may not be controlled and you may need to be taking controller meds as well.

Like Nichole mentioned Albuterol is the cheapest and most widely used beta agonist rescue inhaler. there is another that is used but it hasn't been proven to work any better or faster and its about 6 times as expensive.
Frustrated RT
05/21/08
Duoneb vs albuterol?
I have been on duoneb(inhaler and neublized) a couple years. I started to feel a lot of tightness between shoulders so I started a trial of spiriva so had to get albuterol. I did not really find the spiriva to be working as I expected to be able to cut down on nebulizer and inhaler. I quit the spiriva and tried my duoneb in neb again. Got the tightness again. Feels like a knee in my back. Tried albuterol in neb and it works fine. Could I have built up an intolerance to the other med in duoneb?
debk
04/18/07
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  Here is the list of side effects one may experience while using Duoneb. I would recommend that you speak with either your doctor or pharmacist about your concerns. I used Duoneb for a short time, but the side effects were horrible. I switched to albuterol without ipratropium, and do much better.

SIDE EFFECTS: Headache, nausea, coughing, dry mouth or sinus congestion may occur. If these continue or are bothersome, notify your doctor. Uncommon effects include: palpitations or irregular heartbeat, chest pain, change in sputum color (infection). Very unlikely but report: dizziness, nervousness, hair loss, fever, coordination problems. In the unlikely event you have a serious allergic reaction to this drug, seek medical attention immediately. Symptoms of a serious allergic reaction include: rash, itching, swelling, severe dizziness, trouble breathing. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Barry M
04/18/07
albuterol and atrovent combined make up duoneb-- what does albuterol do that atrovent doesn't and vice versa--
stazilla
01/21/07
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  I didn't quite want to get into this question, but there needs to be some clarification.

First Atrovent is NOT a steroid. It is an anticholinergic drug which blocks Acetylcholine. "It acts by blocking muscarinic receptors in the lung, inhibiting bronchoconstriction and mucus secretion." (as quoted from Wikipedia).

Albuterol is a Beta-2 Agonist "...activation of β2-receptors results in relaxation of bronchial smooth muscle resulting in a widening of the airway (bronchodilation). Inhaled salbutamol sulfate has a rapid onset of action, providing relief within 5-15 minutes of administration." (as quoted from Wikipedia) [Note: Salbutamol is the European name of Albuterol - just to avoid confusion]

Okay... now it's clear that Albuterol and Atrovent are BOTH bronchodilators. They are however, of different types of bronchodilation (one Beta-2 the other an anticholinergic). They are used as a combination to have a complimenting effect against bronchoconstriction. "...albuterol offers immediate relief while ipatropium bromide provides longer-lasting effects" (as quoted from http://asthmatrack.org/medsglossary.html#ipatr )

It should also be noted that Atrovent is a longer-acting short-term bronchodilator than Albuterol... but is not as FAST-acting as Albuterol. Therefore, Albuterol is still considered the primary drug during sudden and severe bronchospasm.

The brand-name version of the two combined drugs are "DuoNeb" for the liquid (for nebulizing), and "Combivent" for the MDI. I believe this has already been mentioned in the above posts.

Though it hasn't been mentioned, Atrovent isn't recommended for children under age 6 by the FDA. Another problem with Atrovent it is "...is contraindicated in patients with hypersensitivity to soya lecithin or related products such as soybean and peanut." (quoted from http://www.ismp.org/newsletters/acutecare/articles/19981021.asp )

So be aware of delivering the Albuterol/Atrovent combination to folks with known peanut allergies... give just the Albuterol.

Hope this information makes some clarifications.
Good luck.
sam_of_losangeles
01/22/07

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