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Albuterol (also known as salbutamol) is used to treat wheezing and shortness of breath caused by breathing problems (such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease ). It works in the airways by opening breathing passages and relaxing muscles. Controlling symptoms of breathing problems can decrease time lost from work or school. Albuterol belongs to a class of drugs known as bronchodilators.
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GENERIC NAME(S): Albuterol Sulfate.
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Before using this medication, l your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: heart problems (such as irregular heartbeat, angina, heart attack ), high blood pressure, diabetes, seizure.
To help you remember, take it at the same times each day. Do not increase your dose or take this drug more often than prescribed because your risk of serious side effects will increase. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it.
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Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.
Laboratory and/or medical tests (such as a lung /breathing test, blood pressure ) should be performed periodically to monitor your progress or check for side effects. Consult your doctor for more details.
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Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects. Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects.
Always have the quick-relief inhaler with you. Consult your doctor or pharmacist for more details. It should not be used for sudden attacks of breathing trouble. This medication is taken by mouth and does not work right away. Your doctor may prescribe a quick-relief inhaler for sudden shortness of breath/ asthma attacks while you are on this medication.
Check your blood pressure regularly and l your doctor if the results are high. This medication may raise your blood pressure.
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Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at. Symptoms of overdose may include: fast/pounding/ irregular heartbeat, severe shaking (tremors), seizures, chest pain. If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911.
Avoid allergens/irritants such as smoke, pollen, pet dander, dust, or molds that may worsen breathing problems.
Keep all medications away from children and pets. Do not store in the bathroom. Store at room temperature away from light and moisture.
Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. This drug may make you dizzy.
If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist. This is not a complete list of possible side effects.
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Learn when you can self-medicate and when you should get medical help right away. Learn which of your medications you should use every day and which you should use if your breathing suddenly worsens. Ask your doctor what to do if you have worsening cough or shortness of breath, wheezing, increased sputum, worsening peak flow meter readings, increased use of your quick-relief inhaler, or if your quick-relief inhaler does not seem to be working well.
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Learn to use a peak flow meter, use it daily, and promptly report worsening breathing problems (such as readings in the yellow/red range, increased use of quick-relief inhalers).
Get medical help right away if you have any rare but very serious side effects, including: chest pain, irregular heartbeat.
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Do not double the dose to catch up. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip themissed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule.
Rarely, this medication has caused severe (rarely fatal), sudden worsening of breathing problems / asthma (paradoxical bronchospasm). If you experience sudden wheezing, get medical help right away.
Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. 2016 First Databank, Inc. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.Information last revised July 2016. Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so.
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This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details. Before taking albuterol, l your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have had a serious reaction to similar drugs (such as levalbuterol, metaproterenol, terbutaline ); or if you have any other allergies.
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A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, get medical help right away if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching /swelling (especially of the face/ tongue /throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
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Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually 3 or 4 times daily. Children aged 6 to 12 years should not take more than 24 milligrams a day. Adults and children older than 12 years should not take more than 32 milligrams a day.
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