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Myths About Albuterol (Is It Addicting? Is It Performance Enhancing?)

 

Part 5: Asthma and Allergy Myths, Busted!

Dr. M. Itch is back for the final round of asthma and allergy myth busting for National Asthma and Allergy Awareness Month. To round it out, he talks about whether or not you can be addicted to albuterol and if asthma inhalers are considered performance-enhancing drugs for athletes.

We're glad we gave Dr. Itch the chance to take over the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America's (AAFA) TikTok channel. We're going to miss his energetic style of sharing asthma and allergy education. Hopefully, he'll come back for future videos.

In the meantime, we're still trying to find the chair of our Medical Scientific Council, Dr. Mitchell Grayson. We haven't heard from him since we started sharing these videos. We're sure he's busy doing the valuable work he does at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Ohio State University. But if you see him, let us know. Paging Dr. Grayson... Paging Dr. Grayson...



Can You Get Addicted to Albuterol?


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@aafanational:

Needing your quick relief (rescue) inhaler more and more is a sign your #asthma is not well controlled. #asthmaawareness #mythbusters #drmitch #fyp

How do you know if your asthma is under control? Ask yourself these questions:

  • Do you have asthma symptoms more than two times a week?
    Do you wake up at night with asthma symptoms more than two times a month?
  • Are you not able to do all your usual activities?
  • Do you need your quick-relief inhaler (albuterol) for symptoms more than two times a week?
  • Do you need to take oral corticosteroids more than one time a year?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, your asthma may not be under control. Talk with your doctor about creating a new plan to control your asthma.



Is Asthma Medicine Considered a Performance-Enhancing Drug for Athletes?


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@aafanational:

Athletes with #asthma need their meds to combat swelling and blockages in their airways. #asthmaawareness #mythbusters #drmitch #asthmatic #fyp

Asthma medicines are important to reduce swelling in your airways and help you keep your asthma under control. Depending on the type of asthma you have, your doctor may prescribe an asthma medicine that you take regularly to prevent symptoms, as well as a quick-relief medicine to use when you have symptoms.

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