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This is intended as a summary and should not replace individual medical advice from a doctor or pharmacist. This summary does not include all possible information for this medication, ask your health care professional for personalized recommendations and complete information about this product.
Albuterol is used in the treatment of shortness of breath and wheezing caused by breathing problems. It is also used in the prevention of exercise-induced asthma. Albuterol is part of a class of inhalers called bronchodilators which work in the airways by relaxing muscles and opening breathing passages.
Before use shake the canister well, if you’re using it for the first time follow the directions for test spraying in the air. If the inhaler produces a fine mist it’s working properly. Do not get the medication in your eyes. Inhale the medication orally as needed every 4-6 hours.
Do not adjust your use of this medication without your doctor’s approval, using too much of this medication can increase your risk of serious side effects. If you’re using this medication for exercise induced asthma inhale as directed by your doctor, generally 2 puffs about 30 minutes before exercise. Wait at least 1 minute between inhalations if you’re prescribed more than 1 inhalation. Keep this inhaler with you.
After you’ve used the number of inhalations on the product discard the inhaler. Count test sprays in this number of inhalations. Talk with your doctor ahead of time what to do if you have new or worsening shortness of breath, wheezing, cough, increased sputum, waking up at night with trouble breathing, worsening peak flow meter readings, or if your quick-relief inhaler doesn’t seem to be working well.
Shaking, nervousness, mouth/throat dryness or irritation, headache, cough, nausea, dizziness, or changes in taste may occur. If these effects worsen or persist talk to your doctor. Your doctor has prescribed this medication after determining that the benefits outweigh the risk of side effects. The majority of people taking this medication never experience serious side effects.
This medication has the potential to raise your blood pressure so check your blood pressure regularly and talk to your doctor if the results are high. If you experience any of these side effects tell your doctor promptly: pounding/fast heartbeat. If you have any of these rare but serious side effects tell your doctor immediately: irregular heartbeat, chest pain, confusion, rapid breathing.
This medication has rarely caused severe (rarely fatal) worsening of asthma/breathing problems. Get medical help right away if you experience sudden wheezing. Serious allergic reactions to this drug are uncommon but seek medical attention if you experience any of the following signs of allergic reaction: itching/swelling, rash, trouble breathing or severe dizziness.
Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any allergies or if you’ve had a reaction to a similar medication. This product can contain inactive ingredients that can lead to allergic reaction or other issues. Talk to your doctor and pharmacist about your medical history before using this medication especially of: high blood pressure, seizure, heart problems.
Limit alcoholic beverages and talk to your doctor if you use marijuana. Tell your doctor and your dentist about all products you use before you have surgery. This medication should only be used when clearly needed during pregnancy, and it is not known if this medication passes into breast milk so talk to your doctor before breast-feeding.
Drug interactions can affect the efficacy of your medications or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document is not a complete list of drug interactions. Share a list of the products you use with your doctor and pharmacist. Levalbuterol is very similar to Albuterol, do not use medications containing levalbuterol while you use albuterol.
If someone has overdosed they may exhibit symptoms such as trouble breathing or passing out call 911 or poison control immediately.
This medication should not be shared with others. Have lab/medical tests done regularly to check for side effects and monitor progress. Avoid irritants/allergens like smoke, pollen, dust, pet dander, or molds that can worsen breathing problems. Learn how to use a peak flow meter, use it everyday and update your doctor on the results.
If you use this medication on a schedule and miss a dose use it when you next remember, if it’s close to the time of your next dose just skip the missed dose. Never try to double up to catch up.
Store away from light and moisture at room temperature but not in the bathroom. Store the inhaler with the mouthpiece down. This medication has different brands with different storage needs so check the product packaging.
Do not expose the canister to high heat or flame, do not puncture the packaging. Discard of this product as directed by a pharmacist or waste disposal company when it’s no longer needed.
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