Albuterol (generic name: Salbutamol) is a prescription medication used in the treatment of asthma, including the prevention of asthma attacks. It is a bronchodilator which relaxes the airways, and this in turn increases the amount of oxygen into the lungs. It is also prescribed to prevent bronchospasm, which can often be caused by excessive exercise. Other uses of the medication include to treat wheezing and tightness in the chest in patients suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Albuterol comes as a liquid solution which is to be inhaled with the use of a nebuliser, or as an aerosol which can be inhaled using an inhaler. Asthma is when the airways become restricted due to irritants and allergens in the air, such as cigarette smoke and sometimes pollen.
Albuterol Side Effects:
Side effects of Albuterol may include headaches, dizziness, insomnia, dry or sore mouth and throat, diarrhea, coughing and muscle pain. More severe side effects include bronchospasm (chest tightening and coughing), chest pain, quickening of heartbeat, increase in urination, confusion, body weakness, nervousness, and high blood pressure (painful headaches, quickening heartbeat, anxiety). If you experience any side effects you should consult a doctor immediately.
Albuterol can be taken in a liquid form using a nebuliser, or in aerosol form using an inhaler. You should always follow the instructions in the packet, and follow the advice of the doctor who prescribed your medication. Before using an aerosol for the first time, you should spray into the air a few times to test it. This should also be done if the inhaler has not been used for more than two weeks. The canister should always be shaken before use.
Albuterol can increase the risk of asthma related deaths, so caution should be taken to only use the prescribed dosage. If you overdose, immediate medical attention should be sought as an overdose of Albuterol can cause death. If you get Albuterol in your eyes you should rinse the eyes and contact a doctor immediately. Albuterol may interact with other drugs including diuretics, digoxin, beta blockers, antidepressants, other bronchodilators and MAO inhibitors. Other medicines may also interact with Albuterol and if you are on any other medication you should check with your doctor.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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