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Albuterol

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Notes

    Related terms
    • Brand Names: U.S.: AccuNeb®;ProAir® HFA;Proventil® HFA;Ventolin® HFA;VoSpire ER®
    • Brand Names: Canada: Airomir;Apo-Salvent®;Apo-Salvent® AEM;Apo-Salvent® CFC Free;Apo-Salvent® Sterules;Dom-Salbutamol;Med-Salbutamol;Mylan-Salbutamol Respirator Solution;Mylan-Salbutamol Sterinebs P.F.;Novo-Salbutamol HFA;Nu-Salbutamol;PHL-Salbutamol;PMS-Salbutamol;ratio-Ipra-Sal;ratio-Salbutamol;Sandoz-Salbutamol;Ventolin®;Ventolin® Diskus;Ventolin® HFA;Ventolin® I.V. Infusion;Ventolin® Nebules P.F.
    • Mexican Brand Names: Assal;Avedox-FC;Brusal;Inbumed;Salbutalan;Unibron;Ventolin;Zibil
    • Pharmacologic Category: Beta2-Adrenergic Agonist

    Uses
    • This drug is used to stop exercise-induced breathing problems.
    • It is used to open the airways in lung diseases where spasm may cause breathing problems.
    • Albuterol works in the airways to calm the muscles and help the flow of oxygen.

    Dosing

    How to take

    • Puffer (inhaler):
    • Follow how to take this drug as you have been told by your doctor. Do not use more than you were told to use.
    • If working out or playing sports causes signs, use right before doing it.
    • For breathing in only by a puffer (inhaler) or as a liquid (solution) by a special machine (nebulizer) into the lungs.
    • Shake puffer (inhaler) well before use.
    • Prepare puffer (inhaler) before first use or when puffer has not been used for more than 2 weeks. Spray 4 test sprays into the air.
    • A spacer may be used with the puffer (inhaler) for easy use.
    • If you are using more than 1 type of puffer (inhaler), ask your doctor which puffer to use first.
    • Rinse out mouth after each use.
    • Have your puffer (inhaler) use checked with your doctor at each visit. Read and follow facts on how to use the puffer. Make sure you use the puffer the right way.
    • Oral:
    • Take tablet/syrup with or without food. Take with food if it causes an upset stomach.
    • Long-acting products: Swallow whole. Do not chew, break, or crush.
    • Shot:
    • It is given as a shot into a vein over a period of time.

    Missed Dose

    • Take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
    • If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
    • Many times this drug is taken on an as needed basis.

    Storage

    • Store at room temperature.
    • Protect tablets from water. Do not store in a bathroom or kitchen.
    • Throw away the puffer (inhaler) after the most number of sprays have been used, even if it feels like there is more drug in the can.
    • Do not use if solution changes color.
    • The shot will be given to you in a hospital or doctor's office. You will not store it at home.

    Safety



    Warnings

    • Unsafe side effects may happen. This drug cannot be taken while you are taking some other drugs. Check all the drugs you are taking with your doctor.

    Avoid

    • If you have an allergy to albuterol or any other part of this drug.
    • Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs. Make sure to tell about the allergy and what signs you had. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.

    Precautions

    • Wear disease medical alert ID (identification).
    • Do not run out of this drug.
    • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), talk with your doctor.
    • If you have glaucoma, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have heart disease, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have high blood pressure, talk with your doctor.
    • If you have an overactive thyroid, talk with your doctor.
    • Check all drugs you are taking with your doctor. This drug may not mix well with some other drugs.
    • Limit your use of caffeine (for example, tea, coffee, cola) and chocolate. Use with this drug may cause nervousness, shakiness, and a fast heartbeat.
    • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant.
    • Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding.

    Side Effects

    • Nervous and excitable.
    • Upset stomach or throwing up. Many small meals, good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help.
    • Dry mouth. Good mouth care, sucking hard, sugar-free candy, or chewing sugar-free gum may help. See a dentist often.
    • Cough.
    • Not able to sleep.

    Contact a healthcare provider

    • If you think there was an overdose, call your local poison control center or ER right away.
    • Signs of a very bad reaction to the drug. These include wheezing; chest tightness; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; seizures; or swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
    • If you are not able to get the breathing attack under control. Get help right away.
    • Chest pain or pressure or a fast heartbeat.
    • Very nervous and excitable.
    • Peak flow measurement low.
    • Any rash.
    • Health problem is not better or you are feeling worse.

    General Statements

    • If you have a very bad allergy, wear an allergy ID at all times.
    • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
    • Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
    • Most drugs may be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
    • In Canada, take any unused drugs to the pharmacy. Also, visit http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca/hl-vs/iyh-vsv/med/disposal-defaire-eng.php#th to learn about the right way to get rid of unused drugs.
    • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
    • Call your doctor for help with any side effects. If in the U.S., you may also call the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or if in Canada, you may also call Health Canada's Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
    • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including OTC, natural products, or vitamins.

    Author information
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    The information in this monograph is intended for informational purposes only, and is meant to help users better understand health concerns. Information is based on review of scientific research data, historical practice patterns, and clinical experience. This information should not be interpreted as specific medical advice. Users should consult with a qualified healthcare provider for specific questions regarding therapies, diagnosis and/or health conditions, prior to making therapeutic decisions.

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