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Old 03-25-2010, 12:12 PM   #1
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LONG term Albuterol effects

I recently found out I have exercise-induced asthma and my doctor prescribed me Albuterol to take 2 puffs about 20 - 30 mins before exercising. I took the inhaler as prescribed for about a month or so but before I continue using it on a regular basis, I would like to know if there are any long-term side effects of this drug? I've been reading online that it has been known to lower potassium levels and worsen diabetes. I do not have diabetes but it does run in my family. I was wondering if there are any other moderate or severe side effects of using this inhaler on a regular basis for a long time? Is there something else I could do to improve my breathing during exercise? Thanks!!

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Old 03-25-2010, 05:49 PM   #2
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Re: LONG term Albuterol effects

I've been using it before jogging for about 15 years now with no problems. I get a regular physical and a gyno physical each once per year and nothing untoward has shown up. Also see allergist/pulmonologist every 6 months.

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