Can I use albuterol for a cough?
Give it for dry, hacking cough (especially nighttime cough), wheezing you can hear, or if your child is working harder to breathe. Remember, albuterol only helps one cause of cough: tight airways. It won't help other kinds of coughs, like coughing from nasal drainage from a bad cold.
Asthma inhalers soothe the airways and suppress the need to cough. They can allow you the peace to recover. If an inhaler such as Ventolin doesn't help, and the cough worsens, it's important to see a doctor again in case there's an underlying infection or other problem.
- Using any medication for a condition that you do not have is not advised. The bronchodilator inhaler, or “reliever medication”, is used to relieve spasms in the airway muscles. If you don't have spasms, it will have no effect on the airways but potential side effects include a racing heart beat and feeling very shaky.
- A humidifier or steam can help loosen mucus and relieve wheezing and limited air flow. If your bronchitis causes wheezing, you may need an inhaled medicine to open your airways. You take this medicine using an inhaler. If you have chronic bronchitis, your doctor may prescribe oxygen therapy.
- The answer here is yes. Most asthma experts will agree that expired asthma medicines are safe even after their expiration dates. You must also consider that most asthma experts recommend every asthmatic carry an asthma rescue inhaler (albuterol) at all times, or have one readily available for emergencies.
Updated: 2nd October 2019