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 What are the common cause for nose bleeds?
My friend suffers from very frequent nose bleed. What may be the cause?...

 why do teenagers smoke cigarettes..?
does cigarettes change your mood or somthing. i smoke pot but not ...

 Which is more harmful: Weed or Cigarettes?

 Can smoking cause bronchitis?
I'm a pretty regular smoker and I also deal with a lot of stress in my life, I just got over having constant panic attacks. I'm wondering if bronchitis can be caused by smoking cigarettes ...

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I'm 13 and I'm taking a class in school on drugs and I recognized a meth pipe when I was snooping around in my moms stuff. I don't know what to do. I know I can't just let this go....

 Iv'e got man who is vommiting blood, and can't keep down much food or liquid.?
He is skinny to begin with. About 5"9', and maybe 135 pounds. He works alot, is bad tempered, and stresses all the time. He also drinks beer every night, at least 6. Does this sound like a ...

 how can i stop smoking?

 my daughter recently started taking singulair. She is 7. I read the ingredients seen phenylketonurics?
is it safe ? will it cause any affects down the road ?...

 can't stop hiccuping, help!?
does anyone know a good cure?...

 what are causes of breathing problems?

 Why can't people stop smoking when they try to stop it?

 Dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath, occasional headaches. Do you know what's wrong with me?
Dizziness, fainting, shortness of breath, occasional headaches.

I can't run. I physically can't because it's too hard to breathe.

I'm about 155cm tall and ...

 Light headedness from smoking?
Im not a big smoker at all, ill have about one or two a week and can go months or so without one. Recently ive found that smoking makes me really light headed almost to the extent of being high. i ...

 should i try smoking weed again?
I smoked lots of weed everyday for about 4 years then i started to get heart palpitations and weird dizzy spells, my doctor said it was because of smoking weed. its been a bit more then a year and i ...

 help with asthma!!!help?
i am scared cuz my doctor is saying that probably i have asthma and some allergy becase some times i really cant breath and i am scared what should i do?
i am only 13...

 how to quit smoking cold turkey?
iv been having chest pains and they are in the middle of my chest and have shortness of breath when they come about, someone told me to quit smoking immediatly whats the best way?
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 Is it bad for your lungs if you don't inhale while smoking a cigarette?
I don't smoke, but I want to know for future ...

 why dont i get high i hold it in for a while and i try to put it in my lungs ?

 What can a daughter do for his dad? S.O.S?
My dad has been coughing very much lately. I can hear him coughing now. He has asthma and smokes. He has given up and smoked again and given up for a few years now. He has quit smoking for a month ...

 second hand smoke problem , any method to "fix" my body?
My friends smoke all the time and I try very hard to aviod them , almost all the time I'd walk away from sometimes it's very hard.

Last week I was with a few of my friends and ...

albuteral helppppppppp???
my daughter is six years old and she takes albuteral sulfate when she gets asthmatic symptoms...i was told that he albuteral solution is not a form of steroid....but my best friend just told me that it is a steroid...so can you please inform me... is albuteral sulfate a steroid or not. Thank you !

Cindy F
Albuterol is not a steroid. It helps open the airways more easily.

I am not sure but I think all inhalers are steroids of some sort. Why don't you check with a doctor or check WebMD

no, albuterol sulfate is not a steroid. It is basically a salt. It has the effect of decreasing the swelling specifically in the airway so the asthmatic person can breathe. When asthma doesn't respond to albuterol, then they use steroids.

Slappy McStretchNuts
I don't think it is... it's a bronchodilator to be used as a rescue inhaler. Fast acting. Inhaled steroids are for more long-term reduction in inflammation of the air passages, not for immediate relief of symptoms.

Consider Albuterol to be almost like an inhaled muscle relaxer. When you have an asthma attack, the "smooth muscles" of the bronchial tubes contract and close off the airways. Albuterol relaxes those muscles, allowing the airways to open up again.

Ask you doctor about getting her on a regimen of Advair, which does contain an inhaled steroid. I've been on Advair for 5 years now, and I haven't had a single attack since starting it, and I've never had to use my rescue inhaler.

matador 89
Salbutamol sulphate – proventil – ventolin – albuterol. A sympathomimetic agent used as a bronchodilator, especially in the treatment of asthma. Salbutamol is a selective beta2-adrenoceptor agonist that produces bronchodilation. It is a short-acting beta2 agonist and is used for immediate relief of asthma symptoms. Long acting beta2 agonists – eg: efomoterol and salmeterol – are generally added to an inhaled corticosteroid for people requiring prophylactic treatment.
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Hope this helps
Matador 89

I personally take albuterol for asthma symptoms and it is not a steroid containing drug

chILD Mom
Albuterol is not a steroid. It is a bronchodilator. It works by relaxing the airways during an asthma attack. That is why they call it a "rescue" medication. Inhaled steroids (Pulmicort, Advair, etc.) are commonly used in conjuction with the Albuterol, and they can actually prevent the asthma symptoms by decreasing overall inflammation in the lungs, so they may be worth considering especially if your daughter has much of an asthma problem. Side effects from inhaled steroids are generally pretty mild compared to the oral and IV forms. Also, during serious distress or acute illness, other forms of steroids (IV and oral) can be given for quicker relief. Oral forms include Prednisone, Ora-pred, Pedia-pred, etc. IV forms include Decadron, Solu-medrol, etc. I am obviously leaving out others......

Trust me, I do understand the fear of having a child on steroids and of what can happen..... My youngest child has a serious rare lung disease which required her to be on inhaled steroids twice daily, oral steroids continually for 18 months, plus pulses of IV steroids each time she became ill (in the winter, at least monthly). My daughter is just shy of 20 months old right now, by the way. Side effects we saw are weight gain (a good thing for us as children with lungs like hers often do not grow), round face, and toward the end, she was also showing signs of adrenal suppression. She also had a lot of stomach problems due to the steroids, her heart was really fast, and her blood sugars were consistantly high. She currently is off oral and IV steroids (for a month now) and is only receiving the inhaled, and side effects have resolved. My daughter also regularly uses albuterol and Atrovent and has suffered no ill effects from these medicines.

If your daughter is having much of a problem with asthma, please consider seeing either an asthma and allergy specialist or a pediatric pulmonologist for treatment. Asthma can be life-threatening, and if an attack can be prevented by proper management, it is definitely worth looking into. The chronic inflammation in the lungs that often goes along with asthma can lead to permanent lung damage, so if an inhaled steroid can help prevent that, it might be worth considering. Good luck.

Albuterol is NOT a steroid nor does it contain a steroid,
Albuterol is used to help in an attack case

Advair and Floridil contain steroids

I'm on Sprivia for the 24 hour controller, albuterol as a rescue unit and Asmenx as a 24 hour steroid.

These steroids are not the same as athletes use

Albuterol is NOT a steroid containing inhaler. It is a bronchodilator.

Hi - I'm a 3rd year med student and also asthmatic...albuterol is not a steroid, nor is it a salt. Asthma has 2 parts to it: airway constriction and airway inflammation. Chronic constriction can lead to increased inflammation. The albuterol acts on the muscles around the airways to relax them, which decreases the airways constriction. Steroids, on the other hand, decrease the inflammation part of asthma. Medications like advair combine the 2 (a brochodilator similar to albuterol and a steroid). Keep in mind though, that many, many people take inhaled steroids daily for asthma and there have been excellent long term results with practically no side effects. So if your child's doctor suggests an inhaled steroid at sometime in the future, don't worry. Prednisone is a pill form os a steroid that asthmatics sometimes take if their airways are very swollen. This is a drug you do not want to be on long term, since it has multiple nasty side effects. Inhaled steroids do not have these side effects. Good luck!

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