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MAC & Bronchiectasis | Last Active: Mar 3 9:50pm | Replies (128)

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Hi Marilyn. I have been prescribed albuterol for most of my adult life to help open my airways. It is generally prescribed for those with asthma, but it helps with other lung diseases also. If you have heart palpitation issues; you can request to have levalbuterol instead. That formulation takes out the ingredient that gives you the jitters and heart palpitations. My daily regimen is nebulized albuterol to open airways, then nebulize 7% saline to cleanse the lungs. I do this twice a day. You may want to ask your dr about albuterol since your oxygen is a little diminished from the normal mark. On some days, my oxygen level is the same as yours, but I have very good days where it is at 97%. Before 2013, I went many yrs with it at 90-91%. Mine will drop to 86 when I climb the stairs. Back to your question, your lower oxygen level is most likely due to narrowed airways or your bronchiectasis. Albuterol may help that. I am not a medical expert, so you need to consult with your dr about that. (Some drs think that oxygen levels at 90-93 is ok.) You are in danger if it stays at 88%. Please let me know, if you don't mind, what your dr says about this. You can probably take care of this with a phone call and ask about the albuterol.

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Thank you for the info on albuterol - it gives me the jitters. I’m using the 7% in my neb and drink a lot of water when I do - my problem IS how long it takes me to start coughing, other than a little while on the neb. I lay down afterwards for as long as a half hour and quite often won’t cough up much. I get up and go about my day and maybe 15 or 20 minutes later I’ll have much more. Doc doesn’t know so maybe it’s normal. Just wonder if anyone else has a similar problem. I’m off meds except for azithromycin 3 times a week maintenance. I’m also 84 and have been battling this since ‘03. Marilyn😷