Thanks for your reply, Razzle. I don't get side effects from the albuterol and it does work for me with the azmacort so I guess I will just stick with what I am using. I am hoping with a hard freeze in the fall that it will kill all the allergens in the air and maybe I will get better. It is so annoying to always have to use the inhalers and I have to drag all the equipment with me in case of an attack. I wonder if maybe asthma gets worse when you get older. Also, I heard on the news that this has been a bad season for allerigies, lots of ragweed and mold. I'm just hoping for the best.
I have been using xopenex in my nebulizer since 2004. I was switched from albuterol to xopenex in the hospital because the albuterol raised my blood pressure and increased my heart rate. Thats the only difference I have ever seen between the two drugs. My regular asthma doctor likes albuterol better but the pulmonologist likes xopenex so I use xopenex and atrovent in a nebulizer twice a day and an albuterol inhaler in between.
I have had jitters for high dose albuterol, but most people don't require the level of medicine that I do.
Hi Allura, I read your post with interest and would like to ask you a few questions. I use an albuterol inhaler ( the new one with HFA) and an azmacort. I use the albuterol 4X a day, 2 puffs each time and I use a spacer as it works better this way. It's not as good as the old one but I do get relief. I use the azmacort 2-3 times a day up to 8 puffs but usually 4-6 puffs and that one comes with its own spacer. I am curious, when you say you use a high does of albuterol just how high is it? How many puffs do you take a day? With the xopenex do you get jittery? My dr. and my pharmacist says as long as the two I am using work not to switch to xopenex. My dr. says xopenex makes you really jittery. Please reply when you get a chance. Thanks so much for your help.