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Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Can I take albuterol orally if my neb is broke?

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Your humble question My nebulizer just stopped working.  Can I take albuterol neb solution orally for an emergency until I get a new nebulizer?

My humble answerNo.  If swallowed the medicine will simply be broken down by stomach acid and will have no effect. I would recommend recommend using your albuterol inhaler, or calling your doctor and asking for an inhaler so you can use that until your nebulizer if fixed.  Most studies show that using an inhaler with a spacer works just as well as a nebulizer. 

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