Readers of this site have asked several important questions about the use of quick-relief (‘rescue') medications -- both OTC and prescription. In this and my next entry, I would like to address the following issues: This entry: Are OTC drugs an effective way of treating asthma? Next entry: When is the right time (and how often) to use prescription quick-relief inhalers? For people with mild asthma that only affects them intermittently, an OTC quick-relief medication may be reasonable. This applies to individuals who need no regular daily medication for their asthma and have symptoms less than twice a week during the day or twice a month at night. There are two main formulations of OTC quick-relief medications -- inhaler and tablet. Both are drugs that are bronchodilators (relax the smooth muscles around the breathing tubes to let air go in and out more easily). The main medicine in the inhalers (which include Primatene Mist, Asthmahaler) i...
Are you currently using an albuterol metered dose inhaler (MDI) as your quick relief or rescue inhaler? If so, expect your treatment plan to change by the end of this year.
Two years ago the US Food & Drug Administration passed a rule that requires a phase-out of all asthma inhalers that use a substance called chlorofluorocarbons (CFC for short) to propel asthma medicine into your lungs. CFCs are harmful to the environment... they deplete the ozone layer. This phase-out must be complete by the end of this year.
The good news is, at least two new types of asthma inhalers are already on the market, with more likely planned before year end. The new inhalers propel the medicine into your lungs by means of a chemical called hydrofluroalkane, or HFA for short. HFA is not harmful to the ozone layer.
The bad news is, the new inhalers cost a lot more money. And they're only a replacement for prescription albuterol inhalers. If you use an over-the-counter inhaler l...
Generic Name: IPRATROPIUM/ALBUTEROL (SALBUTAMOL) INHALER -
ORAL Pronounced: (IP-ra-TROE-pee-um/al-BUE-ter-ol/sal-BUE-ta-mol) Ipratropium-Albuterol Inhl Uses
This product is used to treat and prevent symptoms
(wheezing and shortness of breath) caused by ongoing lung disease (chronic
obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD which includes bronchitis and emphysema).
This product contains 2 medications: ipratropium and albuterol (also known as
salbutamol). Both drugs work by relaxing the muscles around the airways so that
they open up and you can breathe more easily. Controlling symptoms of breathing
problems can decrease time lost from work or school.
How To Use Ipratropium-Albuterol Inhl
Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from
your pharmacist before you start using this product and each time you get a
refill. This medication is used with a special machine called a nebulizer that
changes the solution to a fine mist that you inhale. Lea...
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