Atrovent Nebulizer

Posted on: Wed, 07/07/2004 - 10:49am
nyj4lifa's picture
Joined: 07/07/2004 - 09:00

Hello to everyone. I am 14 years old and I live on Long Island, NY. Right now I have a sinus infection, a very bad cough and my asthma is very bad now. I had been taking a lot of medicines and yesterday I went to my pulmonologist (asthma doctor) and she prescribed Atrovent Nebulizer, among other things. Before I had been taking Albuterol Nebulizer 5 times a day. I took the Atrovent twice last night and once this morning before my mom called and said the nurse at the camp she works at said I should not take this since I am allergic to peanuts. The pulmonologist then said that only applied to the inhaler, not the nebulizer. I did not risk it, however, and I took two more doses of Albuterol. I had no reaction to the Atrovent but I did not want to take a chance. WebMD says not to take it. I have taken multiple blood tests and they all say that I have the most severe peanut allergy possible. What's the deal?

Posted on: Wed, 07/07/2004 - 12:10pm
jessica77's picture
Joined: 06/21/2004 - 09:00

I would consult your allergist and your pharmacist on this one.

Posted on: Wed, 07/07/2004 - 12:16pm
rebekahc's picture
Joined: 12/02/1999 - 09:00

The Atrovent inhaler is the one with the peanut warning on it. It doesn't actually contain peanut but does contain soy. Apparently a few PA individuals reacted to the Atrovent inhaler. My understanding was that they were also soy allergic but didn't know. Since soy and peanut are in the same family, they put the warning on it for all PA individuals. The Atrovent solution does not contain the soy so you should be fine.
That said, it's always best to double check with your doctor or pharmacist...

Posted on: Wed, 07/07/2004 - 1:04pm
wendysco's picture
Joined: 05/03/2003 - 09:00

Double check with your pharmacist but the nebulizer med should be okay, it is the propellent in the inhaler that poses a risk. There should be an insert in the box that among thousands of other things has a section for ingredients, it will list all active and inactive ingredients. You could also call the pharmaceutical company.
Hope you feel better soon.

Posted on: Sat, 07/10/2004 - 4:53am
tcperrine's picture
Joined: 03/01/2002 - 09:00

My DD was 3 years old when she had her first asthma episode. Her pediatrician knew about PA, but gave her nebulized Atrovent in her office. Nothing happened to DD. I later learned about the peanut issues with Atrovent and nearly died. But I spoke with her allergist and he confirmed that Atrovent only has a warning for the inhaler. The nebulized Atrovent is supposedly safe. We refuse to use it anyway.
I don't think you said why you switched from Albuterol. My DD was VERY jacked up when taking Albuterol. We were finally given Xopenex (pronouned Zo-pa-necks) and she has done wonderfully with it. Xopenex may be an alternative for you.

Posted on: Thu, 07/22/2004 - 2:58am
darenberg's picture
Joined: 01/24/2004 - 09:00

Quote: [b]The pulmonologist then said that only applied to the inhaler, not the nebulizer. I did not risk it, however, and I took two more doses of Albuterol. I had no reaction to the Atrovent but I did not want to take a chance. WebMD says not to take it. I have taken multiple blood tests and they all say that I have the most severe peanut allergy possible. What's the deal?[/b]
The nebulized form of Atrovent does not contain the same propellant as the metered-dose inhaler, and therefore does not contain the soya lecitihin that can cause problems for [b]some[/b] people with peanut allergies. Your pulmonologist was correct. Pulmonologists are wonderful people ;-)

Posted on: Mon, 02/21/2005 - 12:52am
kelly01's picture
Joined: 03/19/2001 - 09:00

Raising this thread to compliment KerosmomE thread on her daughter. I know that I was told the same info (regarding nebulizer being safe) by my doctor. Does anyone have any "official" links on this?

Posted on: Mon, 02/21/2005 - 1:31pm
rebekahc's picture
Joined: 12/02/1999 - 09:00

Here's a link. Looks as if the site is a NZ site, but should be applicable.
Under contradictions it says the inhaler should not be used for soy allergy or PA, but the neb solution is fine.

Posted on: Tue, 02/22/2005 - 3:28am
kelly01's picture
Joined: 03/19/2001 - 09:00

Reraising again, as this is a fairly recent thread that talks about the Atrovent. The nebulizer does/did not contain Soya Lecithin (ingredient in the propelant in Atrovent Inhaler, that makes it questionable for persons with Soy or Peanut allergies).

Peanut Free and Nut Free Community

Click on one of the categories below to see all topics and discussions.

Latest Discussions

Latest Post by Theschaeffers Mon, 07/13/2020 - 10:53am
Comments: 0
Latest Post by beachgal2020 Thu, 07/09/2020 - 2:17pm
Comments: 173
Latest Post by beachgal2020 Thu, 07/09/2020 - 2:08pm
Comments: 714
Latest Post by beachgal2020 Thu, 07/09/2020 - 1:51pm
Comments: 483
Latest Post by doggydude (not verified) Wed, 07/08/2020 - 6:06am
Comments: 9
Latest Post by doggydude (not verified) Wed, 07/08/2020 - 6:00am
Comments: 14
Latest Post by SmilinMo Tue, 06/09/2020 - 11:29am
Comments: 7
Latest Post by MoRich Mon, 06/01/2020 - 10:06am
Comments: 6
Latest Post by Sarah McKenzie Fri, 05/22/2020 - 12:57pm
Comments: 6

Peanut Free Store

More Articles

Peanuts and Nuts Can Trigger An Asthma Attack

According to the American Academy of Allergy, Asthma and Immunology (AAAI), more than 3...

There are more "peanut-free" products than ever on the supermarket shelves. This means more choices than ever for peanut-allergic shoppers and...

It Is Easy To Buy Peanut Free Chocolate Online

Ask any parent of a child with a potentially life-...

How Do You Determine If A Food Is Safe For A Peanut Allergic Person?

The answer varies. “Peanut-free” means different things to different...

Recently, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a New Drug Application for an epinephrine auto-injector (EAI) designed for use with...

Fact 1: Over a third of food allergy reactions happen after the first known oral...

It can be easy to overlook the presence of nut allergens in non-food items because the allergens are often listed by their Latin or scientific...

It’s hard to think of Chinese food without thinking of peanuts. China is the world’s leading peanut producer, and that’s not a coincidence....

Soymilk is one of the most popular alternatives to cow’s milk. As well as being rich in fiber, soy is a great source of protein and contains all...

My mom was at a lakeside restaurant enjoying fish and chips when her mouth began tingling. The next day at a family gathering, we had grilled...

Peanuts and peanut oil are cheap and easy additives to food and other commercial goods. It is surprising (and alarming if you have a...

Vegetable oil is healthy before it is hydrogenated and a process that requires adding hydrogen to unsaturated fats. Oils that are often...

Although it's true that peanuts are in many snack items, there are several snacks that do not contain peanuts. Anyone who has a peanut...

The most frightening thing about a severe allergic reaction to a new food is that it can happen so fast. If parents are not looking for allergic...

It may never be safe to begin feeding peanut butter to your baby or toddler if you have peanut allergies in your family. If either parent or one...

Families who have food allergies are familiar with reading food labels and of being aware of everything that they or their allergic child eats....

If a parent is alert and observing their toddler when peanuts are first introduced, the chance of the child receiving help if she has a reaction...

For those who don't have experience with peanut allergies, going 'peanut-free' often seems as easy as avoiding peanut butter sandwiches and bags...

Dealing with food allergies can be difficult, especially if you're not sure what's 'safe' to buy. This is especially true for those with severe...

Are you craving sweets? Those with peanut allergies must be especially careful when indulging their...