Atrovent Nebulizer

Posted on: Wed, 07/07/2004 - 10:49am
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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
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I would consult your allergist and your pharmacist on this one.

Posted on: Wed, 07/07/2004 - 12:16pm
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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...
Rebekah

Posted on: Wed, 07/07/2004 - 1:04pm
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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
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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.
Carolyn

Posted on: Thu, 07/22/2004 - 2:58am
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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
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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?
Kelly

Posted on: Mon, 02/21/2005 - 1:31pm
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Kelly,
Here's a link. Looks as if the site is a NZ site, but should be applicable.
[url="http://www.medsafe.govt.nz/Profs/Datasheet/a/Atroventinhalerespules.htm"]http://www.medsafe.govt.nz/Profs/Datasheet/a/Atroventinhalerespules.htm[/url]
Under contradictions it says the inhaler should not be used for soy allergy or PA, but the neb solution is fine.
Rebekah

Posted on: Tue, 02/22/2005 - 3:28am
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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).
Kelly

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