What is albuterol inhalation?
Albuterol is a bronchodilator which relaxes the muscles of the airways, and also increases airflow to the lungs.
Albuterol inhalation can be used to treat or prevent bronchospasm or the narrowing of airways in the lungs in patients suffering from asthma or certain forms of chronic obstructive lung disease (COPD). Also, it is utilized to prevent bronchospasm that is caused by exercise.
Albuterol inhalation can be used for children and adults who are at or below 4 years of age. Be sure to follow the physician’s guidelines when administering albuterol to children.¶
It is essential to have albuterol available at all times. Make sure you refill your prescription before your run out of medication completely. Make sure you continue to use the other medicines as directed by your physician.
Discuss with your doctor to determine if any asthma medicines do not seem to be working as effectively in preventing or treating attacks. If you feel that you’re required to take more than one of your asthma medications over the course of a 24 hour period discuss it with your doctor. The increased demand for medications may be a warning indicator of a severe asthma attack.
Albuterol should only be used as prescribed by your doctor. Albuterol overdoses could be fatal. Get medical attention immediately or contact toll-free the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. Albuterol overdoses can lead to death. Get medical attention immediately or contact toll-free the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222.
Before taking this medication, you must consult your physician
This medicine if you’re allergic to albuterol. It is not recommended to use ProAir RespiClick If you are sensitive to proteins from milk.
Albuterol could increase the chance of dying or hospitalization among people with asthma However, how much risk for people suffering from obstructive airway illness or chronic lung disease (COPD) isn’t known.
To ensure that the albuterol inhalation medication is safe for you, inform your doctor whether you suffer from:
- heart disease high blood pressure congestive heart failure
- A heart rhythm disorder
- a seizure disorder such as epilepsy;
- excessively active thyroid or
- the potassium levels are low within your blood.
Consult your doctor if are expecting or planning to be pregnant. It isn’t known if albuterol is harmful to the unborn child. But, having asthma that is not controlled during pregnancy could increase the risk of premature birth and low birth weight and the condition known as eclampsia (dangerously elevated blood pressure which could cause medical issues for both the mother and baby). The benefits of preventing breathing problems could outweigh any risk for the infant.
If you’re pregnant and you are a registered mother, your name could be added to the registry for pregnancy to monitor how albuterol affects your baby.
It might not be safe to breastfeed during this medication. Talk to your doctor regarding any risks.
What is the best way to use albuterol inhalation?
Utilize albuterol inhalation according to the prescription of your physician. Follow all instructions on the prescription label. Avoid using albuterol inhalation in greater quantities or in smaller quantities, or for a longer time than is recommended.
Check all information about your patient such as medication guides, instructions sheets that you receive. Talk to your pharmacist or doctor If you have any concerns.
It may be necessary to make sure that your inhaler is primed with albuterol prior to the first time you use it. The medication comes with instructions to prime your device if you need it. It may be necessary to shake the albuterol unit before every use.
Maintaining your inhaler’s cleanliness is essential to ensure that you’re receiving the medication. Clean the plastic actuator by having the canister taken off at least once per week. Your medicine will come with instructions for cleaning your device properly.
Follow all medication directions attentively.
Do not permit a small child to take albuterol inhalation without the assistance of an adult.
The recommended dosage of albuterol can be 2 doses every four to six hours. To prevent bronchospasm from exercise take two inhalations between 15 and 30 minutes prior to exercise. The effects of inhaling albuterol will last between 4 and 6 hours.
Consult a doctor If you believe your asthma medicines aren’t functioning as they should. An increased need to take medication could be a sign of an asthma attack that is serious.
Utilize the dose counter in the albuterol inhaler device. Make sure to fill your prescription prior to the time you are out of medication completely. Always use the latest inhaler device that comes in your refill. Don’t immerse a medicine container in water to determine whether it’s empty.
ProAir HFA Proventil HFA and Ventolin HFA are required to shake before every use. It is not necessary to shake ProAir RespiClick prior to use.
Follow the manufacturer’s guidelines for cleaning your albuterol inhaler device, as well as its mouthpiece. Don’t try to clean or disassemble the ProAir RespiClick inhaler device.
Asthma is typically treated with an array of drugs. Take all medications as instructed by your physician. Take note of the medication guide or patient’s directions that are included with every medication. Do not alter your dosage or schedule of medication without the advice of your doctor.
Maintain at room temperature, and free of heat, moisture or cold temperatures.
Make sure to keep the albuterol container away from flames or high temperatures for example, in an automobile in the heat of the day. The canister can be blown up if it is too hot. Don’t puncture or burn an empty inhaler bottle.
If I don’t take a dose?
Take the missed dose when you can remember. Avoid any missed doses if it’s nearing the time for the next dose. Do not take extra medicine to make up for the missed dose.
If I consume too much?
For medical emergencies, seek emergency treatment or contact for help at the Poison Help line at 1-800-222-1222. A high dose of albuterol could be fatal.
What to avoid?
Rinse thoroughly with water if this medicine is absorbed into your eyes.
Albuterol inhalation side effects
See a doctor immediately If you are experiencing symptoms warning signs of an allergic reaction due to albuterol symptoms include hives; trouble breathing or swelling of your lips, face, and throat.
Consult your physician immediately If you suffer from:
- wheezing, choking, or having other breathing issues after the use of this medicine;
- chest pain, rapid heart rate, beating heartbeats, or a fluttering chest;
- burning or pain during urination;
- Increased thirst, more frequent urine output, hunger the mouth is dry, it has a fruity smell dry skin reduced vision or weight gain or
- indicators of low potassium constipation, leg cramps irregular heartbeats, fluttering in your chest, intense thirst, frequent urination, tenderness or tingling in your muscles, weakening, or a limp sensation.
Common side effects of albuterol include:
- chest pain, fast or pounding heartbeats;
- upset stomach, vomiting;
- Urination that is painful;
- Feeling nervous or shakey;
- headache back pain, headache, body back pain;
- Sore throat, cough sinus pain, sinus pain, or a stuffy nose.
This is not a comprehensive list of all side effects. other side effects could occur. Consult your physician for advice regarding medical the effects. You can report any side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
What other medications can alter the effects of albuterol inhalation?
Discuss with your physician all the medicines you are currently taking and all you are about to start or stop using, in particular:
- any other inhaled medicine or other bronchodilators;
- diuretic or “water pill”;
- an antidepressant , amitriptyline desipramineand imipramine; nortriptyline, doxepin and many others;
- beta-blocker such as atenolol, carvedilol metoprolol, and propranolol sotalol, and more or
- An MAO inhibitor isocarboxazid linezolid, phenelzine and rasagiline selegiline, tranylcypromine, and many others, or Methylene blue injection
This list isn’t complete. Other medications may be incompatible with albuterol inhalation such as prescription and over-the-counter medications as well as vitamins and herbal products.
Always consult your doctor to make sure the information presented on this page is applicable to your specific situation.