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Side effects of proair

My 7 yr old son has been taking qvar and proair for 2 years now .  All of a sudden ,  last week he started shaking his head like he has a nervous twitch and has been doing this for a week now. should I stop the proair ?  also, does this side effect go away?

Thank you , Stephanie 

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  • Shea

    I would follow up with his doctor before stopping since it is a rescue inhaler, and the first medication that can prevent an asthma attack from turning deadly. Proair is usually used 2 puffs every 4-6 hours, but read his instructions and make sure he is not taking it more than he should by monitoring the counter on the inhaler. You can talk to his doctor to find out if there is a rescue inhaler that does not raise heart rate as much, or if you should lower doses, or if there are tests to find out what the nervous twitch is, because any medication that raises heart rate may just be exasperating the nervousness, but not actually causing the twitch. All I could find online for side effects of albuterol that relates is nervousness, but no mention of twitch. I googled twitches and there are some behavioral therapies available for sure.

  • Kathy P

    Hi Stephanie and welcome. What makes you suspect that it is a side effect of the Proair? How often is he taking it? Are you using the metered dose inhaler or the Respiclick?

  • swellington1978

    I Googled side effects of proair and qvar and it was in the side effects of proair . 

    He has never done this before . I had been giving it to him in the morning and evening everyday because that's what I thought I was supposed to be doing. I didn't realize that proair was only supposed to be taken when he is wheezing . He is using the metered dose inhaler.

  • Jen

    Hi Stephanie,

    Welcome to our forums. I can understand your concerns. I would definitely want to speak with your son's doctor. Do they have someone that is on call over the weekend?

  • Kathy P

    Did the doc give you a an for your son? One that tells you which meds to use when? And what to do if things don't improve? If not, I'd call and ask for clarification.

    Proair (albuterol) is a "rescue medication" that is . It's not typically used daily – that is the QVar which is a preventative. But sometimes doc do prescribe albuterol daily during a flare.

    I looked at the and I don't see motor tics on there. I see nervousness and tremor – which I've definitely experienced. That is more of a shakiness though. The "twitch" you are describing sounds more like a motor tic which should be looked at by a doctor.

  • K8sMom2002

    and welcome … I would definitely circle back and talk with your doctor, both about an asthma action plan and also the current symptoms you're seeing. 

    I looked up the that comes with the medication for both doctors and patients to read. The tremor that they refer to usually means the hands and fingers — and I definitely get that if I have to use my rescue inhaler after a long spell where I haven't had to use it. 

    Keep us posted on what the doctor says!

  • Melanie Carver

    I had been giving it to him in the morning and evening everyday because that's what I thought I was supposed to be doing. I didn't realize that proair was only supposed to be taken when he is wheezing .

    Hi @swellington1978,

    Most often, people take albuterol (ProAir) at the first signs of an asthma attack. This can include other symptoms besides wheezing, such as: coughing, shortness of breath, rapid breathing, chest tightness, etc.

    There may be other times that your doctor instructs you to take albuterol:

    • As a "pre-treatment" before you start exercise 
    • To treat your lungs during a respiratory illness (like a cold or the flu)

    Please call your doctor and pharmacist to review your son's prescription and how often he should be taking albuterol. 

    Additionally, it may be very helpful for you to have an Asthma Action Plan. Here is one you can download and ask your doctor to fill out:

    Hope he is feeling better. Keep us updated!

  • K8sMom2002

    Swellington1978, just checking in … did you ever get any answers from your doctor? Did you get a good solid ?

  • Jen

    @swellington1978 - How is your son doing?  Have you had a chance to talk to the doctor?