Albuterol is a steroid nasal steroid, and is the most commonly prescribed steroid for post-nasal drip. It is the primary ingredient in the over-the-counter decongestant preparation Nasalyn. It is also the primary ingredient in the antihistamine preparation Zyrtec, and generic albuterol.
Albuterol is one of the most frequently prescribed nasal steroids used in the treatment of asthma and allergy symptoms. It is usually taken as an injection or as a spray. Albuterol comes in two primary forms: liquid and gel. Each type of albuterol has different ways of delivering it to the target area. By mouth using a port or anadrol jet nebulizer, and by mouth with an inhaler or nose cone, the medication is given to the target area.
Liquid Albuterol should be mixed with a small amount of warm water prior to administration. It is best to do this at the doctor’s office or an emergency room, and then either taken to the bathroom or left there in the same room for about 6 hours. If the medication is administered in the mouth, it must be left there for the full prescribed time period in order to ensure it works. However, Albuterol cannot be stored in the mouth for any length of time, as it thickens and solidifies when exposed to air. Also, if Albuterol is administered with the inhaler or nose cone, it should be left in the container with the other medication for the entire duration of the treatment.
Gel Albuterol requires no preparation. It is simply poured into the can, mixed with water and swallowed. Like liquid medication, Albuterol cannot be stored longer than four hours. When mixed with water, it thickens and expands like a gel, thus preventing its administration through the nose, mouth, or inhaler. Mixing a few tablets of Albuterol with water gives a thicker, more potent dose. Using four times a day as directed will give you maximum results.
Extended Use and Dangers of Abuse by Patients Some patients may find that they need to increase the dosage of Albuterol they receive during an attack in an effort to reduce its effect or alleviate its discomfort. This can lead to serious health problems and even death. Because Albuterol is considered a prescription drug, it is illegal to sell the drug without a valid prescription. Also, if the wrong dosage is used or an abuse occurs, it can lead to withdrawal symptoms and addiction, including respiratory and circulatory problems such as sleep apnea and excessive mucus production, heart and kidney damage, and even death.
With all of the possible interactions, it is important to talk with your doctor if you think you are likely to develop a negative reaction to one of these drugs or to any of the ingredients in Albuterol. Even if you have no reactions to Albuterol, it is important to understand how other drugs interact with it to avoid an adverse outcome. Although serious side effects from taking Albuterol are rare, you should discuss this fact with your doctor before starting Albuterol therapy. If you suffer from a heart or breathing problem, you should not take Albuterol under any circumstances.