WHY IS ALBUTEROL SULFATE USED?
Albuterol is a prescription drug. It’s available as an inhalation suspension, nebulizer solution, inhalation powder, immediate-release tablet, extended-release tablet, or oral syrup. Albuterol inhalation suspension isn’t available as a generic drug. It’s only available as the brand-name drugs ProAir HFA, Ventolin HFA, and Proventil HFA. To help treat asthma symptoms, albuterol may be taken as part of a combination therapy with inhaled corticosteroids, long-acting beta agonists, and bronchodilators. This drug is used to treat or prevent bronchospasm, which is tightening and swelling of the muscles around the airways. It’s used in people with asthma (reversible obstructive airway disease). It’s also used to prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm.
HOW DOES IT WORK?
Albuterol is a type of bronchodilator drug. It works by dilating the airways, making it easier to breathe for people who experience bronchospasm, or tightening of the airways. Albuterol sulfate (AccuNeb) is a liquid form of this medication. A nebulizer is a machine that turns liquid medicine into a fine mist. A person breathes this mist through a mouthpiece or face mask. These devices can make it easier to administer medications to a child. However, some younger children may find wearing a mask distressing, causing them to cry. This will make the nebulizer less effective. Nebulizers come in different shapes and sizes, with some bulkier than others. Some are battery powered and others come with a power cord. People may notice some nebulizers are noisier than others.
HOW TO USE?
Use albuterol inhalation exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label. Do not use albuterol inhalation in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Read all patient information, medication guides, and instruction sheets provided to you. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. You may need to prime your albuterol inhaler device before the first use. Your medicine comes with directions for priming if needed. You may also need to shake your albuterol device just before each use. Keeping your inhaler clean is important to ensure you are receiving the medication.
If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away.
If you are using albuterol regularly and miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Use your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Nervousness, dizziness, shaking (tremor), headache, nausea, mouth/throat dryness or irritation, or unusual taste may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Store the metered dose inhaler at room temperature with the mouthpiece down. Keep this drug at a temperature between 59°F and 77°F (15°C and 25°C). Keep it away from extreme heat or cold. Temperatures above 120°F (49°C) may cause the canister to burst. Don’t store this medication in moist or damp areas, such as bathrooms.
WHO SHOULD NOT USE ABUTEROL?
Albuterol may not be suitable for some people. Before using albuterol with a nebulizer, a person should make their doctor aware of any underlying health conditions to ensure this medication does not interact with them. It is especially important to notify a doctor about: heart disease, high blood pressure, seizures, hyperthyroidism, diabetes. If a person could have one of these conditions, they should ask a doctor to perform diagnostic tests to rule them out.
CAN PERSON GET ADDICTED TO ALBUTEROL?
A person cannot develop an addiction to albuterol. However, people may feel dependent on albuterol if their symptoms are severe. If this is the case, people should speak with a doctor about how to better control their symptoms. Some people need more than one type of medication to control asthma. Inhaling too much albuterol can cause: dry mouth, Headache, nervousness, dizziness, fast heartbeat, chest pain, seizures. If someone has taken too much albuterol or experiences these symptoms after using it, they should call 911 or go straight to the emergency room.
Albuterol sulfate is a bronchodilator that expands the airways, allowing a person to breathe. Albuterol nebulizers allow people to inhale the medication as a mist. The medication can help manage the symptoms of conditions such as asthma and COPD. It is not an addictive medication, but people may feel dependent on their nebulizer if their symptoms are not well controlled. Always speak with a doctor before adjusting the dosage of albuterol.
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