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Albuterol treatments Trey&Genesis'momma 4 kids; 4 angel babies; Somewhere, IN, United States 4299 posts
24th Apr '13

I suffer from asthma but when I get bronchitis like I have now, the only way to help it is with albuterol treatments in the nebulizer. However, Idk if it has different effects during pregnancy or what but everytime I have to use it during pregnancy, I get REALLY jittery and almost feel like I can't control my breathing. I CAN breathe but it just feels really rapid bc of the jitteriness. I don't notice this when I'm not pregnant though. Does anyone else use albuterol and does it make you feel this way too? I have mentioned it to a dr before but he just said that's one of the side effects from albuterol. I just don't understand why it seems so bad during pregnancy. TIA

Akeema 18 kids; Altus AFB (AFB), Oklahoma 5979 posts
24th Apr '13

That is completely normal. You have more blood flow during pregnancy, and the treatments makes your heart beat faster. It can cause you to feel really shaky and jittery. Most people who get these treatments have this happen to them, us Asthmatics somehow don't usually have this problem except when we are pregnant.

Mann Makin' Mama[BBM] 18 kids; Dalton, Georgia 11563 posts
24th Apr '13

Everything the the PP posted is correct.
Try an inhaler and see if it helps, it gives you small doses.

Trey&Genesis'momma 4 kids; 4 angel babies; Somewhere, IN, United States 4299 posts
24th Apr '13
Quoting Akeema:" That is completely normal. You have more blood flow during pregnancy, and the treatments makes your heart ... [snip!] ... these treatments have this happen to them, us Asthmatics somehow don't usually have this problem except when we are pregnant."

Well yeah...that would make sense. Thanks. I didn't think about the increase in blood flow during pregnancy as affecting the treatments. Good to know I'm not the only one who sees a difference during pregnancy. Tonight it just REALLY scared me bc I felt extremely jittery and couldn't get control over myself.

Trey&Genesis'momma 4 kids; 4 angel babies; Somewhere, IN, United States 4299 posts
24th Apr '13
Quoting Mann Makin' Mama[BBM]:" Everything the the PP posted is correct. Try an inhaler and see if it helps, it gives you small doses."

Yeah I have an inhaler but I don't use it much. I might have to try that bc I don't remember it making me quite as jittery as the nebulizer does now. Thanks

*~AngelEyes~* 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Memphis, Tennessee 8633 posts
status 24th Apr '13

I use one here and there but never get jittery.

Trey&Genesis'momma 4 kids; 4 angel babies; Somewhere, IN, United States 4299 posts
24th Apr '13
Quoting *~AngelEyes~*:" I use one here and there but never get jittery. "

I don't either unless I'm pregnant. It's odd. I noticed it happening in my last pregnancy especially but like I said, the dr just waved it off and said it was a very common side effect. I don't use it often either bc my asthma isn't that bad. But bc I'm sick with bronchitis right now, I'm using it more than I normally have to.

Amy mommy of 4 Due June 27 (boy); 51 kids; Arlington, Washington 361 posts
25th Apr '13

Im in the er right now getting one and I feel like I can jump off this gurney and high tail out of here. Im so shakey. Omg! This sucks!

*~AngelEyes~* 2 kids; 1 angel baby; Memphis, Tennessee 8633 posts
status 25th Apr '13
Quoting Trey&Genesis'momma:" I don't either unless I'm pregnant. It's odd. I noticed it happening in my last pregnancy especially ... [snip!] ... often either bc my asthma isn't that bad. But bc I'm sick with bronchitis right now, I'm using it more than I normally have to."


Aw no fun
Hope you feel better soon.

Trey&Genesis'momma 4 kids; 4 angel babies; Somewhere, IN, United States 4299 posts
25th Apr '13
Quoting Amy mommy of 4:" Im in the er right now getting one and I feel like I can jump off this gurney and high tail out of here. Im so shakey. Omg! This sucks!"

Right....see that's exactly how I felt last night. It was AWFUL! Excuse the reference but I seriously felt like someone doped up on drugs. Lol. I was so tense and couldn't stop shaking. If it wasn't for the fact that I can't breathe bc of this illness....I would just stop using the albuterol. But I can't :/

Trey&Genesis'momma 4 kids; 4 angel babies; Somewhere, IN, United States 4299 posts
25th Apr '13
Quoting *~AngelEyes~*:" Aw no fun Hope you feel better soon."

Thanks, me too. The jitters stopped finally after like an hour or so after taking the treatment. But I feel 100 times worse this morning bc I'm coughing so bad and nothing is helping. I think I'm gonna have to bite the bullet and go see my dr to see if they can give me something else to stop the coughing fits bc I also woke up with a bad headache too. Funny thing is....not having a runny/stuffy nose or anything except for coughing nonstop, headache and feeling like I can't breathe at times.

Amy mommy of 4 Due June 27 (boy); 51 kids; Arlington, Washington 361 posts
25th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Trey&Genesis'momma:</b>" Right....see that's exactly how I felt last night. It was AWFUL! Excuse the reference but I seriously ... [snip!] ... If it wasn't for the fact that I can't breathe bc of this illness....I would just stop using the albuterol. But I can't :/"</blockquote> I need to call my doc and tell him I cant tolerate the the abuteral. I apparently got acute bronchitis so it wont be something I need for a long time. Theres gotta be a safe cough medicine for pregnancy out there. No way am I touching that again!!!

Trey&Genesis'momma 4 kids; 4 angel babies; Somewhere, IN, United States 4299 posts
25th Apr '13
Quoting Amy mommy of 4:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Trey&Genesis'momma:</b>" Right....see that's exactly how I felt ... [snip!] ... I need for a long time. Theres gotta be a safe cough medicine for pregnancy out there. No way am I touching that again!!!"

There are safe cough meds out there but usually they prescribe the albuterol because it works faster. You can take robitussin DM and sudafed PE. Those are the main cough syrups I know about. I'm currently starting the robitussin though bc I don't want to use the albuterol again unless I absolutely have no other choice.

Amy mommy of 4 Due June 27 (boy); 51 kids; Arlington, Washington 361 posts
26th Apr '13

<blockquote><b>Quoting Trey&Genesis'momma:</b>" There are safe cough meds out there but usually they prescribe the albuterol because it works faster. ... [snip!] ... currently starting the robitussin though bc I don't want to use the albuterol again unless I absolutely have no other choice."</blockquote>




Awesome thank you. Ill try that. And my doc called in another inhaler that doesnt cause jitters. Im gonna pick it up tomorrow. I hope that helps too.

Trey&Genesis'momma 4 kids; 4 angel babies; Somewhere, IN, United States 4299 posts
26th Apr '13
Quoting Amy mommy of 4:" <blockquote><b>Quoting Trey&Genesis'momma:</b>" There are safe cough meds out there ... [snip!] ... try that. And my doc called in another inhaler that doesnt cause jitters. Im gonna pick it up tomorrow. I hope that helps too."

That's great about the alternate inhaler. I have an inhaler but it's also albuterol but it doesn't cause jitters for me. So maybe I should just stick with it. Lol