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Albuterol and Pregnancy
By Barbara Parker, RN, ARNP, CNM

Q. I have asthma which is usually isn't that bad. I was told it was safe to use my inhaler when I needed it. Now I'm sick and of course my asthma is acting up; I have been wheezing and feeling the need to use my inhaler a few times a day - is using this much still safe? Is there a limit to the number of times I should use it a day?

A. It is safe to use your inhaler in pregnancy. After all, breathing is not an optional activity!! Albuterol should be used in a dosage of 2 puffs every 4 hours as needed for wheezing or shortness of breath. You should talk to your doctor to see if you should be taking any other meds as well!

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