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Tuesday, July 15, 2008 Paul, Community Member, asks

Q: can i drink alcoholic beverages while using a albuterol inhaler?

on the box  that the medication comes in there is no warning about alcohol consumption, not even on the paper that comes with the prescription, so is it ok? btw alcohol relieves my asthma a bit for some reason

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Vicki M, Health Guide
8/ 6/08 10:36am

Hi Paul,

While there is no direct information regarding alcohol use and albuterol, it is always best to consult your doctor about drinking alcohol while taking any medication. Sometimes it can be as simple as the alcohol preventing your body from using the medication or absorbing it properly. Sometimes there can be a dangerous interaction, particularly since alcohol impairs motor function. You can read about Albuterol here (brand name Proventil) and if you are interested in learning about other medications commonly prescribed for asthma, you can check those out here in the drugs database.


It is possible that your perception that the alcohol helps your asthma is because your asthma is brought on by anxiety and stress and the alcohol loosens you up and you are able to breathe easier. Fred Little, a resident expert here, wrote an excellent share post about stress and its ability to exacerbate asthma in some people. You can read that sharepost here.


I hope this helps! Take care and let us know how you are doing!

Vicki M


Natasha, Community Member
1/31/14 12:20pm

Not sure about the alcohol with albuterol...however if it's beer that you are drinking, the hops they use to make beer actually do help with breathing/lung issues. Strange but true.

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By Paul, Community Member— Last Modified: 01/31/14, First Published: 07/15/08