What type of drug is Albuterol?
Albuterol is a bronchodilator. The active ingredient in Albuterol is albuterol sulfate which is supplied in the form of oral extended release tablets in 4mg or 8mg. Albuterol can also be administered with an inhaler.
What is Albuterol used for?
Albuterol is used to prevent bronchospasms associated with a variety of respiratory ailments. Doctors may use this drug to treat other health problems.
What is the recommended dose of Albuterol?
Albuterol is to be taken as instructed by your doctor. If you have been prescribed the extended release tablets, do not break or chew them.
If you are using the inhaler, shake the canister vigorously before use. Keep the inhaler dry and clean and, when it is not in use, cover the mouthpiece with the cap provided. Your inhaler should be cleaned every week. Remove the canister and put the mouthpiece in warm water for about 30 seconds. Allow all the pieces to dry fully before fitting them back together.
Keep your inhaler with you at all times in case of emergencies. Do not expose your inhaler to extreme heat because it might burst.
What to do if a dose is missed
If a dose is missed, take it when you remember. But do not take the missed dose if your next scheduled dose is due soon. Ignore the missed dose in this case. Never take two close together.
Important facts about Albuterol
Never use more of this medication than prescribed. Excessive use of Albuterol can cause asthma-related deaths.
Do not use Albuterol if you have experienced an allergic reaction to this medication.
Your doctor may need to prescribe a lower dose of Albuterol if you have any of the following medical problems: an overactive thyroid, high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, heart disease, diabetes, epilepsy, or irregular heart rate.
If you are pregnant, do not use Albuterol because this drug may cause birth defects. Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. Your baby may be at risk of some harmful effects because it is not known if Albuterol is passed into breast milk. If you become pregnant while using Albuterol, tell your doctor immediately.
Overdose with Albuterol
Overdose with this medication can be fatal. Symptoms of excessive doses include: headache, dry mouth, nervousness, tremors, chest pain, irregular heart rate, sweating, dizziness, pain in the arms or shoulders, nausea, convulsions, light-headedness, or fainting. Contact an emergency centre or a doctor immediately.
Does Albuterol cause any side effects?
The signs of an allergic reaction to this medication are: difficulty in breathing, hives, or swelling (tongue, lips, face, or throat). Call a doctor immediately.
Get medical help if any of the following serious symptoms occur: difficulty in breathing, tightness of the chest, wheezing, chest pain, irregular heart rate, tremors, confusion, nervousness, extreme thirst, leg pain, increased urination, muscle weakness or limpness, severe headache, ringing in the ears, vision problems, confusion, anxiety, or chest pain.
Minor side effects include: diarrhea, dry throat or mouth, muscle pain, blocked nose, coughing, sore throat, insomnia, nervousness, dizziness, or headache. Get medical help if any of these symptoms persevere.