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Generic Name: ALBUTEROL (SALBUTAMOL) SOLUTION - INHALATION Pronounced: (al-BUE-ter-ol/sal-BUE-ta-mol) Albuterol sulfate Inhl Precautions
Before using albuterol, tell your doctor or pharmacist if
you are allergic to it; or if you have had a serious reaction to similar drugs
(such as metaproterenol, terbutaline); or if you have any other allergies. This
product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or
other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or
pharmacist your medical history, especially of:
heart problems (such as irregular heartbeat, angina, heart
high blood pressure
This drug may make you dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery,
or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform
such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.
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Dara Torres has asthma, just like her father , says a story in the New York Times. But for years, she had been training and competing with coughing and difficulty breathing. When she finally started taking asthma medicine, "she realized how much, and how needlessly, she had been suffering."
But her newly found breathing capacity came with suspicions that her asthma was a sham and she was using the illness as an excuse to use bronchodilators -- the asthma medicines that relax the airways and improve breathing -- as a performance enhancer. And if she could use the albuterol inhaler, why couldn't everyone?
In this entry, I would like to give a perspective on the use of asthma medications by professional athletes. While most attention is given to the use of anabolic steroids to build strength, there has also been some attention to the use of asthma medications, especially albuterol and other quick-relief medications, in competitive athletes.
Competition with a chronic ...
“What brings you here today?” “How have you been doing since I last saw you here in the office?” When your doctor or healthcare provider asks you these questions, do you know what to say? Or, more importantly, do you know how to answer so he or she has the information needed to give you the right diagnosis and treatment? Here are two fictional patients, Agnes and Bill, as they face their docs and answer these questions. Agnes: Well, I don’t know…I think my breathing is worse, but I’m not sure… I have good days and bad days…I cough sometimes – it’s terrible - and I can’t stop, but then I seem to get over it. A lot of the time I’m clogged up and my breathing feels tight. I even have to sleep in the chair sometimes. I can’t do what I used to do. Bill: Well, my oxygen sats are about two points lower now when I walk on the treadmill than they were a year ago. My cough is about the same - I cough mostly first...
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