I'm the one you refer to in your 10-25 post.....the one who takes lots of meds including Albuterol 6-8x's a day 2 puffs each time.
The following is that post:
I use albuterol 6-8x's a day 2 puffs each time plus xopenex and atrovent solutions for the nebulizer 2x's a day plus singulair, medrol and symbicort (new to symbicort, just switched from pulmicort and serevent). I have never been jittery from xopenex but I'm using the nebulizer solution not inhaler. That may be the difference.?.
Hope that helps
Notice, however, that I use xopenex in my nebulizer and albuterol as my rescue inhaler. Also note that I am highly monitered my a team of Dr.'s. I have an asthma specialist, pulmonary specialist endocrinologist as well as 4 hospitals (another one just added today) involved in my every move. I don't have the kind of asthma most people on this site have. Only 1-4 percent of asthma patients will ever develop the kind of asthma I have. For that reason I check this site very seldom. I belong to another one for transplant patients.
I was first recommended for transplant in 2000 and turned it down. I was recommended again in September (when I joined both sites) and again turned it down. Obviously you can not compare your condition to mine.....I could kill for your condition. What I do have is knowledge that can only be acquired from being in this condition. I understand your fear of dying and how scary it is to not be able to take a breath, you actually (at my stage) go into a hypoxic panic but I don't think you're there yet....or even close.
I absolutely agree with stkitt. Never take meds not prescribed to you! Many meds are the same but go by different names, ex. Ventolin and Albuterol are the same drug. I also agree with Chartreux to keep a journal and bring it with you to your Dr. appt. Your Dr. can only be as good as the information he has. Also, you forget what happened a week or two ago when sitting in those warm and inviting exam rooms.
And again (I'll probably say this on every post) NEVER LEAVE YOUR DR.'S OFFICE UNTIL YOU UNDERSTAND YOUR DX, TREATMENT, MEDS AND THEIR SIDE EFFECTS.