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...
Today I would like to discuss quick-relief inhalers. Asthma patients, even if on a good combination of medications , need quick-relief medicines to help them breathe better when they wheeze. There are many medicines in this class, with albuterol being the most common. Many people are concerned that if they use their quick-relief inhaler frequently, it will not work as well. Others are concerned that they may become psychologically dependent on their inhalers. I will address these important concerns about ‘getting used to’ quick-relief asthma medicines in this entry. Technically, ‘getting used to’ medicine has two parts which do NOT apply to all medicines: tolerance and dependence. Tolerance occurs if the same dose of a medicine does not lead to the same effect. For example, to get the same benefit from medicine ‘X’, a patient needs to take twice as much each time. This can happen in patients taking a class of medicine called nitrates for cardiac angina. Dependence occurs if a patient ...
Generic Name: ALBUTEROL (SALBUTAMOL) EXTENDED-RELEASE TABLET -
ORAL Pronounced: (al-BUE-ter-ol/sal-BUE-ta-mol) Albuterol sulfate Oral Overdose
If overdose is suspected, contact a poison control center
or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US National Poison
Hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison
control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: fast/pounding/irregular
heartbeat, severe shaking (tremors), seizures, chest pain.
Albuterol sulfate Oral Missed Dose
If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it
is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual
dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Albuterol sulfate Oral Notes
Do not share this medication with others.
Laboratory and/or medical tests (such as a lung/breathing
test, blood pressure) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress
or check for side effects. Cons...
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