Friday, January 4, 2013

Advantages and disadvantages of Albuterol inhalers

What is Albuterol?
An Albuterol is a class of medication that helps you control asthma and any other pulmonary or lung diseases. It’s regarded as quick relief solution to asthma problem. It is useful to deal with Chronic Bronchitis. It contains a drug called beta-adrenergic receptor agonists, or beta agonists.In which condition the drug is used?

Albuterol is used to reduce asthma symptoms and worsening of asthma in case. It is also used to reduce wheezing and other non-infectious respiratory problems.

What is its combination?
Proventil HFA, Ventolin HFA, Vospire ER are its combination

Which Inhalers can use this?
Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI), Nebulizers and even some powder inhalers that contain capsules can use Albuterol.

What are its side effects?

 advantages and disadvantages

The side effects may be more than one:

  • Chest discomfort
  • Dizziness
  • Visual Changes
  • Fast or irregular heart rate
  • Worsening breathing etc

Albuterol inhalers work as a quick relief medicine that makes breathing easier. The medication helps people out with certain diseases such as asthma and COPD and certain lung diseases.FDA on Albuterol

Albuterol are used by MDIs. Now there was a time around 2008 and before when these MDIs used to contain CFC (Chlorofluorocarbons). These CFC is a type of propellant that helps reach the medication the lungs. CFC contains the substance that increases Ultraviolet B radiation level in the atmosphere. Hence FDA (Food and Drug Administration, USA) had decided to phase out CFC propelled Albuterol Inhaler with the cause that they are harmful to the environment and took up decision to replace a propellant called HFA (Hydrofluoroalkanes).
Likewise an FDA Final Rule and under the authority of the Clean Air Act of the U.S.

Environmental Protection Agency, no CFC-propelled Albuterol inhalers could be produced, marketed, or sold in the United States after Dec. 31, 2008. Manufacturers have been increasing production of HFA-propelled Albuterol inhalers so that sufficient supplies exist to replace the CFC-containing inhalers.

It is again interesting that HFA propelled inhalers may taste and feel different than that CFC propelled inhalers. Moreover the HFA inhalers are softer than that of CFC inhalers.Useinhalers.com has done an extensive study and research for their trainees. It has launched many new videos and apps in order to satisfy its trainees and the site-visitors.WWW.USE-INHALERS.COM is enriching their portal with drug-specific information, apps and videos on devices to give a way better solution for the patients as well as the trainees.

Source: www.nlm.nih.gov