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Reaction to Albuterol -- sore lungs , tachycardia , fatigue

I'm a 33 yo male, and have had asthma since childhood and have always taken Albuterol. Recently, however, it seems that I can not tolerate it at all. In the past 3 weeks or so, every time I take it (either MDI or nebulizer), my heart races and pounds, I feel VERY much out of breath (like my body can't regulate my breathing pattern), my lungs become very sore, and sometime I even feel more tight-chested than before I took it. I also get extreme fatigue -- climbing up stairs, laughing, or emotional stress of any kind tires me out. The effect wears off after 4-5 hours. I now avoid taking this previously life-saving medicine and have no idea what to do.

I'm perfectly willing to admit that it may be anxiety-related, but the physical symptoms are far too profound. Can people become resistant to Albuterol? Are my lungs too inflamed to use this?
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replied September 13th, 2010
Just an update: Since no one replied yet, perhaps this will shed some more light on the subject. I saw a doctor today, she said that my body has probably developed a sensitivity to the albuterol and even the Xopenex and instructed me to stop using it for now (which I already did). She prescribed me MaxAir, which is a slight variation on albuterol molecule (piralbuterol instead of levalbuterol or albuterol). I haven't tried it yet, as I am scared it will make me feel the same way Xopenex did.

Does anyone have experience with MaxAir?
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replied January 13th, 2011
Can you use albuterol 2times a day without problems? I think sometimes I have racing heart and trouble resting, sleep apnea, but I can't breathe and have heavy chest so I have to take the Alb and Symbicort. I also got some infected abscesses.
I developed asthma as an adult is it for life?
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