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There are some cases where salbutamol may not be the best choice for everyone. In these cases, patients should discuss albuterol alternatives with their doctor.

Albuterol Alternatives for Asthma

Fluticasone Propionate

Fluticasone propionate (Flovent Diskus, Ticanase, ArmonAir RespiClick) is a glucocorticoid (a specific type of steroid hormone) that can help treat nonallergic rhinitis (stuffy nose), inflammatory pruritic (itchy skin) dermatoses, and asthma.


Theophylline (Theo-24, Theochron, Elixophylline) is a xanthine (a purine base, which is a crystalline compound) that can manage the symptoms associated with COPD, asthma, and other lung conditions that result from reversible airflow obstruction.


Isoetharine can treat chronic asthmatic bronchitis, wheezing, and asthma.


What is a substitute for albuterol?

Substitutes will vary based on the individual. That being said, options like isoetharine, theophylline, and fluticasone propionate may be suitable alternatives for some people.

What can I use in place of an inhaler?

As long as you have the form of albuterol you need, you can use a nebulizer while in a private setting (e.g., at home); however, an inhaler is meant to be a rescue device that is used in the event of a bronchospasm.

Is albuterol and Ventolin the same thing?

Albuterol is a generic term, and Ventolin is a brand-name medication that uses albuterol as its primary active ingredient.

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