My friend has an Ignition Interlock Device installed in his vehicle and he has to use his Albuterol inhaler before he can blow hard enough to start the engine. On a couple of occasions it shows as having failed even tho he hasn't been drinking. Once in a while he said he needs to use it a couple of times to gather enough breath to start the engine. Could this be the problem?
Yes, it does have some ethanol in it. I was unable to find out how much but I wouldnt think it is that much. Inhaled albuterol should work for this person for 4-6 hours after inhalation. If he knows that he is going to drive, he should use his inhaler well in advance so the ethanol has time to "blow off" If he uses it right before blowing the Interlock device, it will likely block him because it will detect that ethanol. If he knows he is going to drive, he should use his inhaler at least an hour before blowing into the device. He should still have the albuterol working in his system to open airways but the ethanol should be blown off by his lungs. I did find some contact info for the makers of ProAir, a brand name company for albuterol inhalers. Perhaps they can give you more info if you call. Here is the contacts: www.ProAirHFA.com or call 1-888-482-9522.
- Albuterol Information for Consumers
- Albuterol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Albuterol (detailed)
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