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Old 11-27-2010, 07:49 PM   #4
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Re: Behavior issues and albuterol neb treatments.

Oh man, I know exactly what u are going through. Albuterol is awful and I refuse to use the stuff because it makes my son a completely different child. He was a terror on it. We now use Xopenex and it is awesome! My son still uses a nebulizer and is also 4 years old. Ask the ped about Xoponex; I can't say enough good things about it.

Second, I recommend you talk to his ped about Pulmicort. This is a maintenance medication that helps to keep their lungs healthy. My son gets it in his neb once a day, usually at night. He went from being sick every month and on the treatments, to now maybe getting a bad cold twice a year. It has been a total turn around. It actually helps to keep him healthy, and I have noticed no side effects with this med.

The only thing I can tell you about xopenex is that not all pharmacies stock it readily. I often have to wait a day to get it. It might also cost you more, but depending on your insurance, it mint not be too bad. It costs us $25 on our plan when we need a refill but I know someone who pays $50 for it.

Please report back to me And let me know what happens. I can say, with certainty, the meds are absolutely causing the behavior problems, and the albuterol is most likely the main culprit. I can't believe they even allow children to use that stuff!

Also, my son has only been to our pediatrician about his asthma. We went to an allergist over the summer and he came back negative for all allergies, however, he has had reactive airway breathing and wheezing since he was 15 months old. My husband had asthma as a child and it is hereditary. In any case, don't be surprised if your son's test comes back negative. However, this doesn't mean he is free of asthma. The two can be unrelated. You don't have to see a specialist for the Pulmicort and xopenex. Ask your ped for it now.
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