Albuterol is the active ingredient in the over the counter decongestant medications like Advair, Aspirin and other products. It is the same basic active ingredient as the first formulation of the decongestants called Debitone. However unlike the latter, it does not contain any bromine. The reason for this is that bromine is harmful to the nasal mucosa when used in excess. Albuterol on the other hand will do well and will not cause any harm to your nasal mucosa.
An effective medication used for treating shortness of breath and chest congestion is Albuterol. It comes as oral solution (oral liquid) to breathe through with a specialized jet nebulizer (intranet machine that turns medicine into a mist which is then inhaled) and as a powder or aerosol to breathe through with a conventional inhaler or nebulizer. The reason why albuterol is good for shortness of breath is because it strengthens the air muscles of the lungs. It also helps to loosen up thick mucus that collects in the chest and in the small intestines. In addition, albuterol is a bronchodilator which is a medication used for asthma.
Like all medications, there can be some mild side effects of albuterol. This includes mild dizziness, headache, and constipation. However, these side effects of albuterol are generally mild and will subside once you use the medication regularly. Also, you must keep in mind that if you have high blood pressure, albuterol can significantly worsen breathing problems by drawing more fluids and blood to the lungs. This is especially the case if you also have asthma because of the added effect of the Albuterol bronchodilator.
The possible interactions of your medications with albuterol can be both good and bad. First of all, your regular medications that are prescribed for asthma may not be compatible with this new medication. Many asthma medications are given via inhalation, which makes them particularly difficult to digest. Also, some of the side effects of this drug, such as dizziness and drowsiness, can potentially interact with your other medicines. Your doctor should discuss the possible interactions and their pros and cons before prescribing any prescribed albuterol.
The potential interactions of albuterol with other medications are usually very rare. One of the few reported cases of long-term interaction between albuterol and other asthma medications was with the anti-inflammatory aerosol corticosteroids eletroctomycin and fluconazole. In this case, the patients’ long-term use of these drugs together led to significant increases in the risks of the patients developing pulmonary fibrosis, wheezing, and shortness of breath. However, this was only one study and more studies need to be conducted to determine whether this is a generalisable problem among patients using long-term steroidal therapies. More studies are also needed to determine whether there are any other interactions that are associated with albuterol and asthma medications in other ways.
Albuterol is usually a preferred inhaler for those who have shortness of breath due to COPD or other lung disease. When you are taking your medication albuterol, you will be advised to use the canister version, which can make it easier for you to breathe. The specially designed canister ensures that the medicine gets to the lungs at the same time as the patient. You should also keep in mind that you should never force the inhaler in your mouth, because this could damage the medication. If you suspect that you cannot breathe due to COPD, you may be recommended to use an air pump or electric current to provide supplemental oxygen, which could be helpful in ensuring better patient care when using the long-term inhaler albuter, such as Advair.