I ended up in the hospital because I used the Primatene Mist inhaler you can buy over-the-counter pretty much anywhere. I was having an asthma attack that would worsen, then improve, then worsen again over a period of two days, and when I tried to use Primatene I got so bad that an ambulance had to take me to the hospital! It took hours before I could breathe even somewhat close to normal, with all these IV's and nebulizer treatments and oxygen. Scary, to say the least. The nurses and doc all told me that Primatene Mist is a majorly bad idea for people with asthma, and that it causes DEATH for some. My question is, how is this sh** even available on the market any more? the packaging even says it's to treat asthma. Anyone else have a near-death experience using this inhaler?
I don't know the answer to all your questions but the last one I do remember the Model Nikki Taylor's sister died very young and the news report said she had been using Primatene Mist and it contributed to her death. Just because a medicine is over the counter does not mean everyone is safe taking it and some people die from ordinary otc meds. Thank God you got to an ER and they brought you out of this. Make sure you are not coming into contact with something in your environment that is triggering your asthma. I'll be saying some Prayers for you.
This drug should not be on the market. The active ingredient in it is epinephrine, which is a bronchodilator, meaning it opens the airways. It also has severe cardiac side effects. It's effects, however are relatively short-acting. So after the effects wear off, more is needed. The problem with this is that taking too many of these drugs can have a rebound effect, and can actually shut the airways down. I am a respiratory therapist, and I have seen people almost die from taking this drug. It should have been pulled off the shelves a long time ago.
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