Bronchiestatis and albuterol

Posted by gaylesunflower1 @gaylesunflower1, Oct 6 5:23pm

Hi everyone – my doctor has me on albuterol to control my bronchiestatis – has anyone else used this?

Hello gaylesunflower1 I use Alvesco twice daily for bronchiestatis and asthma along with nebulizing Brovana twice daily. Alvesco replaces albuterol for me due to other health issues. I have used it for about 5 years. Sure beats having to use antibiotics every few weeks as I used to have to do before finding an asthma/allergy specialist who tested me. Best of health to you.

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Thanks and same to you. I'm not a very patient person so it's going to take me awhile to get used to this new med

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@gaylesunflower1

Thanks and same to you. I'm not a very patient person so it's going to take me awhile to get used to this new med

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My pulmonologist put me on albuterol and saline 7%…..It did take me a while as I became very jittery…..but after a year I am better. It does help.

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@kaykuz

My pulmonologist put me on albuterol and saline 7%…..It did take me a while as I became very jittery…..but after a year I am better. It does help.

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thanks – I'll hang in there 🙂

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@kaykuz

My pulmonologist put me on albuterol and saline 7%…..It did take me a while as I became very jittery…..but after a year I am better. It does help.

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Is the saline and albuterol given together in an aerobikas via a nebulizer? How long does it take?? Do you do it 1 or 2 x’s/day?

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My pulmonologist ordered it for me and I think it is a pretty standard treatment. However, I could not tolerate it and had to quit using it after trying it.

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@gej53

My pulmonologist ordered it for me and I think it is a pretty standard treatment. However, I could not tolerate it and had to quit using it after trying it.

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Makes me tired and a little shaky – gonna try and stick with it

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@gaylesunflower1

Makes me tired and a little shaky – gonna try and stick with it

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Hi Gayle & @gej53 – If you do not tolerate albuterol well (shakiness, etc) ask your doctor if you can try levalbuterol (brand name Xopenex.) It is buffered somehow to alleviate some of the side effects. Albuterol gave me such shakes & tremors that I would wait to use it until I could barely breathe. Although I get slight symptoms from levalbuterol, I would say it is 90% better. Since it used to be brand name only and very expensive, many docs don't usually prescribe it. Now that the generic version is available the price is similar to albuterol and is on the formulary for most insurance plans. It comes in both nebulizer solution and rescue inhaler.
Sue

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Hi Sue – thanks for the info – wrote the info down for when I see my doctor in a month. I have to keep track of when I take the albuterol and message my doctor in a week. Take care

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Gayle, My wife has asthma and has used Albuterol as a "rescue" inhaler. Other than a generalized shortness of breath during exertion, bronchiectasis (or MAC) apparently hasn't become sufficiently severe to cause concern about catching my breath. I suppose that's why my pulmo hasn't ever suggested it.

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I got asthma 18 yrs ago after inhaling a poisonous gas at work and have been on wixela – twice a day with albuterol as my rescue inhaler. After seeing my bronchiectasis dr he told me to stoop taking the wixela and use albuterol as needed. I've been able to get by with 3 puffs a day. Dr said that even with all the tests and blood work I've done – he's still not sure what is causing by shortness of breath and coughing – we are taking it one day at a time

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@sueinmn

Hi Gayle & @gej53 – If you do not tolerate albuterol well (shakiness, etc) ask your doctor if you can try levalbuterol (brand name Xopenex.) It is buffered somehow to alleviate some of the side effects. Albuterol gave me such shakes & tremors that I would wait to use it until I could barely breathe. Although I get slight symptoms from levalbuterol, I would say it is 90% better. Since it used to be brand name only and very expensive, many docs don't usually prescribe it. Now that the generic version is available the price is similar to albuterol and is on the formulary for most insurance plans. It comes in both nebulizer solution and rescue inhaler.
Sue

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The albuterol gave me shakes but I thought I would work thru it. It then gave me the sensation of a horrible "lump" in my throat with painful swallowing. That went away fairly quickly once I stopped the Albuterol. I wonder if Xopenex would do the same? Will mention it to my pulmonology doc. So far the saline does seem to be working and once he started me on the percussion vest I had much better results with a productive cough. Thank you for the suggestion!!

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@judyhodgern

Is the saline and albuterol given together in an aerobikas via a nebulizer? How long does it take?? Do you do it 1 or 2 x’s/day?

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Judy….I do albuterol in my nebulizer…Then the saline with the aerobika…connected to the nebulizer…..I do twice a day. I have to say when I did saline with nebulizer it was quick…Now with the Aerobika…much longer. Takes about 30 min total.

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Dear Kay thank you so much for your information given. When I went into pulmonary rehab two years ago in Denver I was never given albuterol. I will call my doctor in Denver and ask them about the albuterol whether I should be on it or not. Blue skies J

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@gaylesunflower1

I got asthma 18 yrs ago after inhaling a poisonous gas at work and have been on wixela – twice a day with albuterol as my rescue inhaler. After seeing my bronchiectasis dr he told me to stoop taking the wixela and use albuterol as needed. I've been able to get by with 3 puffs a day. Dr said that even with all the tests and blood work I've done – he's still not sure what is causing by shortness of breath and coughing – we are taking it one day at a time

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Gayle, this is probably entirely obvious but I take it you are pretty sure that if you stopped albuterol you’d be more short of breath and cough more. Don

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