Tuesday, May 26, 2015
What happens when you drink Albuterol???
It's not something you do on purpose, but sometimes, when you take breathing treatments a lot, or give them a lot, the medicine squirts into your mouth. It's not like it happens on purpose, it just happens .
The good news is I don't ever remember suffering from side effects. In fact, the side effects from ingesting albuterol are probably less than when you inhale it.
Years ago, when I was a student perhaps, I gave a breathing treatment to a really awesome mentally challenged young man. I started the breathing treatment using a mask, and then a conversation ensued between me his mother.
She said she set him up with a treatment using a mask a few days earlier and then left the room. When she returned, she saw the mask was off his fact and the nebulizer taken apart.
"What did you do with this?" she said, concerned.
"I drank it," he said proudly.
"YOU DRANK IT!!!!"
She called poison control. They said that he would be fine, that the side effects from drinking Albuterol would be no different than if you inhaled it: nervousness, dizziness, tremors, etc.
So, take it from the authorities, the next time you accidentally squirt albuterol into your mouth, take note of the fact it will do no harm.
This post was originally published on August 28, 2008 and has since been edited