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    Old 08-20-2005, 07:29 AM   #1
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    Question Albuterol

    Hi! I used to come here a while back when my asthma was really bad. I usually regulated it as much as possible with Albuterol. But I was getting worse and worse and the albuterol wasn't helping any more.

    Recently, about 2 months ago, I took myself off the albuterol because my prescription expired and our new medical coverage hadn't started yet. I got one of the over-the-counter inhalers (Primatine mist) just in case and just went off of any asthma meds. I have been attack-free ever since. I am on no meds and even have a nasty cold right now and still no asthma problems.

    Now I would NEVER suggest anyone stop their meds the way I did, especially if they are on a steriod, but it raises the question for me....do asthma meds in some cases actually make it worse? I was having constant problems for 2 years, I had been on 2 different inhalers, a nebulizer and advair and now on no meds, no more asthma problems. In my case, they were actually making my lungs weaker. I just wondered if anyone else had experienced something like this?

     
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    Old 08-20-2005, 12:35 PM   #2
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    Re: Albuterol

    Hi! My 12 y.o. daughter is also regulating her asthma with Albuterol. We did not think the side effects of Flovent/Advair/Singulair were worth it, so she uses her inhaler an average of once or twice a day, sometimes every other day. Did you have any side effects with Advair or anything else?

    In her case, the albuterol does help her when she's wheezing. She has mostly allergic asthma, do you? We went through allergy shots, and now she's on a monthly maintenance dose.

    How is Primatine Mist different than albuterol?

    Our allergy/asthma specialist said something about albuterol not working for some people when they got a severe asthma attack, and could result in death. Your story is very interesting to me - what does you dr. have to say about it?

     
    Old 08-20-2005, 04:31 PM   #3
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    Re: Albuterol

    I'm on albuterol and it makes me feel sooo much better! I get a little jittery if I do a full nebulizer treatment but I feel like I have full lung capacity. Also, know that allergies are usually the trigger of asthma problems as GERD can be too along with anxiety. There are so many things out there that can trigger breathing problems. Simple things such as over eating. I am glad that you are feeling better. Maybe asthma was not your correct diagnosis. Just a thought.

     
    Old 08-20-2005, 10:41 PM   #4
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    Re: Albuterol

    I had suffered with asthma really bad as a kid but outgrew it until I had my son almost 3 years ago. So my thinking is maybe my hormones were out of whack and that triggered my asthma, or something happened during surgery that did it. My lungs have always been weak but I just had CONSTANT asthma attacks after having Wyatt. I think I became so dependant on the albuterol it was actually making things worse instead of better. It worked for a while (with heart palpatations and being jittery really the only side effects that I had) but started to not be effective.

    hrtprice- I haven't seen my doctor yet. It is possible that because I have such bad allergies that whatever was triggering it the worse, (probably the cat) has been out of the house long enough that I no longer have been having problems. I did use Advair for a while and had spells where I would almost pass out on it. So that was a big NO for me! LOL!

    I really don't know! All I know is I am more than glad to finally be on the mend! I had so many ER trips and such, that I am happy to have some relief for the time being.

     
    Old 08-21-2005, 06:16 AM   #5
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    Arrow Re: Albuterol

    I am not trying to preach to any of you about medications for asthma. But Primatene Mist is one of the worse otc to use especially for children. Over-the-counter drugs such as Primatene mist should NOT be used on a regular basis. That is what killed several children and teenagers.

    The sprays are not metered and therefore the sprays do not come out evenly to controll asthma symptoms.

    Please, asthma is nothing to fool around with. There are many prescription medications out there and it often takes time to find the right one.

    Albuterol (bronchodilator) is a rescue inhaler to stop an attack. People with moderate and severe asthma need maintenance drugs (inhaled cortisone preparations) along with a bronchodilator.

    Please do research on asthma and children and see your doctor.

     
    Old 08-24-2005, 07:56 AM   #6
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    Re: Albuterol

    I just want to clarify, I PURCHASED the primatine mist, I haven't used it. After the albuterol was out of my system, I haven't had to use anything. I haven't used any asthma meds in about 2 months or so.

    My reason for bringing it up is that albuterol can be overused, so I was prepared to switch meds all together, figuring the albuterol was no longer helping with my asthma. But I was shocked when I stopped using it and had no more problems all together. So I am under the conclusion that for ME, albuterol was actually making it worse, and it could be the case for someone else.

    I agree that primatine is more dangerous, esp. for kids. And I would NEVER suggest anyone do what I did, and just stop meds all together (altho if there was an emergency, I did have a nebulizer).

     
    Old 08-24-2005, 09:23 AM   #7
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    Re: Albuterol

    Guys he/she's right, be careful when it comes to asthma, especially in your kids.

    If the side effects of Albuterol are too bothersome, ask your doctor about Xopenex. It's a chemically altered form of Albuterol that doesn't leave you feeling jittery or having an excessive heart rate.

    I have a 3 year old with moderate/persistant asthma and a 5 year old with mild asthma and both of them do better on Xoponex. They are both on Flovent and have no apparent bad side effects.

    Besides, if the med's are what it takes for them to breathe, it's worth it.
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