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...
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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