What is this medicine?
ALBUTEROL (al BYOO ter ole) is a bronchodilator. It helps to open up the airways in your lungs to make it easier to breathe. This medicine is used to treat and to prevent bronchospasm.
How should I use this medicine?
This medicine is used in a nebulizer. Nebulizers make a liquid into an aerosol that you breathe in through your mouth or your mouth and nose into your lungs. You will be taught how to use your nebulizer. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not use more often than directed.
Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.
What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
high blood pressure
muscle cramps or weakness
pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
stuffy or runny nose
What may interact with this medicine?
anti-infectives like chloroquine and pentamidine
medicines for colds
medicines for depression or emotional or psychotic conditions
medicines for weight loss including some herbal products
some antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, levofloxacin, and linezolid
some heart medicines
steroid hormones like dexamethasone, cortisone, hydrocortisone
What if I miss a dose?
If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.
Where should I keep my medicine?
Keep out of the reach of children.
Store between 2 and 25 degrees C (36 and 77 degrees F). Do not freeze. Protect from light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. Most products are kept in the foil package until time of use. Some products can be used up to 1 week after they are removed from the foil pouch. Check the instructions that come with your medicine.
What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?
They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:
heart disease or irregular heartbeat
high blood pressure
an unusual or allergic reaction to albuterol, levalbuterol, sulfites, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives
pregnant or trying to get pregnant
What should I watch for while using this medicine?
Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve. Do not use extra albuterol. Call your doctor right away if your asthma or bronchitis gets worse while you are using this medicine.
If your mouth gets dry try chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy. Drink water as directed.