What is Albuterol?
Albuterol belongs to a group of drugs called bronchodilators. It can be administered with an inhaler or oral tablets.
What are the uses of Albuterol?
Albuterol is used to treat, and prevent, asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, as well as other breathing problems. Albuterol works by dilating the airways which makes it easier to breathe. It may also be prescribed to treat certain other medical problems.
How should Albuterol be taken?
The dosage will depend on each individual person and each medical problem. Your doctor will prescribe the right dose for you.
The extended release tablets must be swallowed whole. They should not be chewed or broken.
Shake the inhaler well before use. Your inhaler must be kept dry and clean. When you are not using it, keep the mouthpiece covered. Once a week give your inhaler a good clean by removing the canister and running the mouthpiece under warm water for half a minute. Do not re-assemble the pieces until they are properly dry.
You should have your inhaler with you all the time in case of a sudden asthma attack. Don’t leave your inhaler in a hot car or any other place that is hot. Extreme heat can cause the inhaler to burst.
If a dose is missed
You may take a missed dose as long as it does not clash with your next scheduled dosage. It is better to ignore your missed dose if you are not sure. Taking a double dose may be harmful.
What else should I know about Albuterol?
It is extremely dangerous to take more than the prescribed dose of Albuterol. Over-use of this medication has caused asthma related fatalities.
If you are allergic to any ingredient of Albuterol, do not use this medication.
If you suffer with certain medical conditions, you may need a lower dose of Albuterol. Tell your doctor if you have an overactive thyroid, congestive heart failure, high blood pressure, diabetes, irregular heart rate, epilepsy, or heart disease.
Do not use Albuterol if you are pregnant because this medication may be harmful to unborn babies. If you are breast-feeding, tell your doctor. Because it is not yet known if Albuterol can contaminate breast milk, nursing babies may be harmed. If you are using Albuterol and you become pregnant, contact your doctor urgently.
What are the symptoms of overdose?
The symptoms of an overdose of Albuterol are: nervousness, dry mouth, headache, tremors, irregular heart rate, tremors, dizziness, sweating, nausea, pain in the shoulders or arms, convulsions, fainting, chest pain, fainting, or light-headedness. An overdose with Albuterol can cause death. If overdose is suspected, act immediately and call for emergency assistance.
What are the side effects of Albuterol?
If your tongue, lips, throat or face suddenly swell, and you cannot breathe properly, you are probably experiencing an allergic reaction. Contact a doctor as quickly as possible.
Other serious symptoms that will require medical attention are: wheezing, tightness in the chest, chest pain, confusion, tremors, nervousness, irregular heart rate, extreme thirst, limp or weak muscles, increased urination, pain in the legs, vision problems, severe headache, buzzing in the ears, or anxiety.
Less serious symptoms that may occur in the early stages of treatment are: dry mouth or throat, diarrhea, runny nose, coughing, muscle pain, headache, insomnia, dizziness, or nervousness.