Can I Drink Alcoholic Beverages While Using An Albuterol Inhaler?

Question

Asked by Paul

Can I Drink Alcoholic Beverages While Using An Albuterol Inhaler?

The box that the Albuterol inhaler comes in does not have any warnings about alcohol consumption. There is no mention on the instructional paper inside the box either. Because alcohol tends to relieve my asthma for a bit, I just want to make sure it's okay to consume a safe amount while also using my Albuterol inhaler?

Answer

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