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: 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...
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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