Breathing problems and difficulties caused by asthma or bronchitis can be solved. Many people may use different drugs and don’t have to suffer from these problems anymore. There are some inhalers and nebulizers, devices designed to simplify and speed up the delivery of the drug to the place of action in respiratory tract.
Albuterol for Breathing Problems
Nebulizers can use albuterol as the active ingredient. This way, liquid solution of the drug can dilate constricted airways in these patients. Inhalation of albuterol mist (aerosol is the proper word for that) via mouthpiece or some special face mask (if that is more comfortable or easier for the patient) causes dilatation and eases breathing problems. Children and elderly commonly use face masks while most of other patients prefer mouthpiece for inhalation of albuterol.
There are different doses of albuterol for prevention and treatment of acute case of bronchospasm. If you need to use albuterol nebulizer to prevent bronchospasm, your doctor may recommend using 1 to 2 inhalations on every 4 to 6 hours every day. Bronchospasm due to some physical activity usually requires 2 inhalations or albuterol aerosol and doctors advise this to be done about 15 minutes before the exercise. Patients may be prescribed to use 0.63mg, 1.25mg or 2.5mg of albuterol as one dose and usual frequency of inhalation is 3 to 4 times every day.
Albuterol also exists in syrups and tablets and doses given this way are usually larger than nebulizer doses. Patients normally take 2 to 4mg of albuterol tablet/syrup, several times per day.
Adverse Effects of Albuterol Nebulizer
Wrong use of albuterol nebulizer is associated with some health problems. As mild difficulties, people who use albuterol nebulizer may suffer from dry throat, nausea, vomiting or some headaches. There were also patients who have reported dizziness, sleeping problems, nervousness, tremors (shaking) and sinus infection due to the treatment with albuterol aerosol. These effects are not serious, but it's probably better not to ignore them, just to be on the safe side.
Albuterol aerosol may also cause some respiratory problems, even though this is exactly what it is used for. There are certain people in whom albuterol may actually worsen the wheezing and shortness of breath. If this happens, don’t neglect the problem and ask for immediate medical assistance. The same goes for people who experience chest pains, irregular heartbeats or some serious skin problems, such as swelling, redness, peeling or blisters on the skin. Always consult your doctor if these symptoms appear.