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Hi everyone – my doctor has me on albuterol to control my bronchiestatis – has anyone else used this?
Hi Gayle. May I ask what poisonous gas you inhaled at your job? That sounds wicked.
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Hi Terri – I was told that it was the same gas that was used to kill people during the Vietnam War – very scary
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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.
I don't tolerate albuterol either. It makes me crazy. When I switched from 3% saline to 7%, my doc wanted me to add albuterol but when I told him it made me upset and shaky, he switched it to generic for xopenex. I take two puffs of before using the saline.
gaylesunflower1, That sounds terrible! Was it agent orange?
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.
@kayekuz, Hello there. I have never tried the aerobika although mu doc has prescribed it. I haven't ordered one because I have no trouble getting stuff up after I neb the saline. My question is: can the aerobika be used without nebulizing the vials of albuterol and/or saline? Or can it be used by itself?
Yes, Terri – the Aerobika can be used alone or with the neb. I too only use it if I feel congested – the saline alone is usually enough to get me hacking. Oops, that reminds me – I need to go find another neb cup – I washed the impeller from mine down the drain…
Not a problem – I buy a half dozen at a time froma med supply. My best friend's husband is blind but likes to be independent, so he's forever losing pieces.
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.
What is Brovana ? Flib
Hello Flib! Brovana is a formoterol brochiodilator. To open airways. Here is their link: https://www.brovana.com/nebulizer-treatment.html?utm_source=google&utm_medium=cpc&utm_content=BRO_DTC_FY17_2&utm_campaign=Brovana_DTC_Google_Brand_Exact&utm_term=brovana&utm_medium=SEM&utm_source=google&utm_campaign=&utm_term=brovana&utm_content=&gclid=EAIaIQobChMI79jKnb2H7QIVk-eGCh3eXgjXEAAYAiAAEgJbyPD_BwE&gclsrc=aw.ds Has your dr prescribed this for you?
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