recently got diagnosed with allergy induced asthma. the doc gave me both for some reason, stated to take the Atrovent first then if needed the albuterol . i was fine with the idea until the pharmacy tech was explaining the side effects which stated the albuterol can increase heart rate... then stated the Atrovent shouldn't cause an increase in HR(but also stated it could also possibly do the same thing as the albuterol) due to its taking 15-20 minutes to start working. here's the issue, i have an anxiety disorder that started with a crazy increase in HR, thus causing panic every time my HR increases when i feel it pounding. which one would be a better option to take with the less likely spike in HR? I didn't get much info as the doc sent me to a pulmonologist, but awaiting the appointment(guess it was a quick fix until then?) but i also have pretty bad allergies along with excessive mucus production. any suggestions or user experiences with either one?
Atrovent is a daily inhaler. It is used to open up your breathing passages, it does not have the same medication as an albuterol inhaler. The albuterol is for when you are having symptoms like an asthma attack or bronchial spasms. It is considered a rescue inhaler. Use the atrovent everyday and the albuterol when in distress. The albuterol will make your HR jump up for a short amount of time, it can also make you jittery and lightheaded because of the type of medication in it. Good luck.
Jeanag gave you good advice. When you see the pulmonologist you can discuss the different asthma meds and what is best for you, but in the meantime take the atrovent everyday as preview and use the Albuterol when you are having an attack, or breathing gets a little hard to do. It may raise your heart rate a little but it's worth it if it helps you to breath.
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