- Ipratropium Bromide–Albuterol/Salbutamol
- Tiotropium Bromide
What is Albuterol–Beclomethasone used for?
Albuterol–Beclomethasone is a combination inhaler used to prevent and treat symptoms of breathing problems (such as wheezing, cough, shortness of breath and tightness in chest) in patients with lung diseases, including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).
COPD is characterized by the narrowing of the airways within lungs (bronchospasms). Albuterol–Beclomethasone inhalation medicine relaxes the smooth muscles of the airways and can prevent or control asthma symptoms.
Albuterol–Beclomethasone is also indicated for the treatment of exercise-induced asthma.
Albuterol–Beclomethasone inhalation medicine is made up of 2 drugs: Albuterol (a bronchodilator) and Beclomethasone (a corticosteroid). Albuterol–Beclomethasone inhaler helps make breathing easier by relaxing muscles in the airways, by opening up the air passages to the lungs, and by decreasing irritation and swelling in the airways.
Albuterol–Beclomethasone may also be used to treat other conditions as determined by your doctor.
What is the recommended dosage of Albuterol–Beclomethasone?
The dosage of Albuterol–Beclomethasone may vary based on the patient's age, sex, body weight, medical condition and response to treatment. Always follow your physician's instructions and/or the directions on the prescription drug label.
How should you use Albuterol–Beclomethasone inhalation medicine?
Albuterol–Beclomethasone medicine is available in the form of 'inhaler medicine' and 'rotacaps.'
To use the Albuterol–Beclomethasone inhaler, follow the steps below:
- Before you use the Albuterol–Beclomethasone inhalation medicine, wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
- Remove the cap and check that the mouthpiece is clean.
- Hold the inhaler in an upright position and shake it well for a few seconds.
- Breathe out completely and place the inhaler in your mouth between your teeth.
- Press down on the canister while breathing in slowly and deeply for about 3 to 5 seconds.
- Then hold your breath for 5 to 10 seconds.
- Remove the inhaler and breathe out slowly.
- Gargle and rinse your mouth with water after your last puff of using the Albuterol–Beclomethasone inhaler.
- If you have been prescribed more than 1 puff at a time, wait for about 1 minute and then repeat steps as above.
- After using the Albuterol–Beclomethasone inhaler, remove the canister and wash the mouthpiece under warm running water for at least 30 seconds. Dry it completely.
Note: Do not swallow the Albuterol–Beclomethasone Rotacaps medicine. Albuterol–Beclomethasone Rotacaps are intended for use in a dispensing device called 'Rotahaler'.
What if you miss a dose of Albuterol–Beclomethasone?
If your physician has instructed or directed you to administer Albuterol–Beclomethasone medication in a regular schedule and you have missed a dose of this medicine, use it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose and go back to your regular dosing schedule. Do not double the doses to catch up for the missed dose.
What if you overdose on Albuterol–Beclomethasone?
Any medication used in excess can have serious consequences. If you suspect an overdose of Albuterol–Beclomethasone inhalation medicine, seek medical attention immediately.
Overdose symptoms of Albuterol–Beclomethasone may include
- uneven heart rate
- seizures (convulsions)
What other drug(s) could interact with Albuterol–Beclomethasone?
It may be noted that drugs other than those listed above may also interact with Albuterol–Beclomethasone. Make sure to inform your doctor if you are taking any of the above-mentioned drugs.
Albuterol–Beclomethasone can interact with the following 'types' of medicines/products:
- other bronchodilators
- other corticosteroids
- other inhaled medicines
- anticoagulants (blood-thinning drugs)
- oral contraceptives
- tricyclic antidepressants
- MAO (monoamine oxidase) inhibitors
Usually drug interactions may occur when certain drugs are used together. Before you administer a medication for a particular ailment, you should inform the health expert about the use of any prescription medications, over-the-counter products (non-prescription medications) and dietary supplements like vitamins, minerals and herbals, which may increase the effect of Albuterol–Beclomethasone. This information can help your doctor to warn you of any possible drug interactions.
Do let your doctor know if you smoke, consume alcohol or caffeinated drinks, or use illegal drugs as these may interfere with the action of your medication. It is also important to tell your healthcare professional if you have any medical conditions or a family history of any medical problems. Do not start or stop using any medicine without consulting your doctor.
What are the possible side effects of Albuterol–Beclomethasone?
As with other medications, Albuterol–Beclomethasone can cause some unwanted side effects, along with the desired therapeutic effect. If they do occur, the side effects of Albuterol–Beclomethasone are most likely to be minor and temporary. However, some may be serious and may require the individual to inform the doctor or visit the nearest hospital immediately.
It is pertinent to note that side effects of Albuterol–Beclomethasone cannot be anticipated. It should be also noted that not everyone using Albuterol–Beclomethasone will experience the side effects stated below. The occurrence of side effects may vary for each person depending on his/her age, sex, weight, dose, treatment duration, state of the disease, and overall health.
Albuterol–Beclomethasone can cause the following side effects:
- sore throat
- runny/stuffy nose
- hoarseness (deepened voice)
- mild nausea
- abdominal pain
- dry mouth
This may not be a complete list of all side effects of Albuterol–Beclomethasone. If any side effects of Albuterol–Beclomethasone develop or change in intensity, inform your doctor as soon as possible. Do concur with your doctor and follow his directions completely when you are using Albuterol–Beclomethasone.
What are the questions to ask your doctor before using Albuterol–Beclomethasone?
- Will Albuterol–Beclomethasone interact with other drugs I use?
- Should certain beverages, foods and other products be avoided when I use Albuterol–Beclomethasone?
- Are there any other drugs that would interact with Albuterol–Beclomethasone?
- What side effects can I expect from using Albuterol–Beclomethasone?
- How to reduce the risk of Albuterol–Beclomethasone drug interactions and side effects?
- For how long should I use Albuterol–Beclomethasone?
- When and how should Albuterol–Beclomethasone be used?
- How will Albuterol–Beclomethasone work in my body?
What should you tell your doctor before using Albuterol–Beclomethasone?
Before using Albuterol–Beclomethasone, make sure to tell your doctor if you
- have diabetes
- have heart disease
- have liver problems
- have seizures (convulsions)
- have thyroid problems
- have high blood pressure
- have eye problems (glaucoma, cataracts)
- have infections (tuberculosis)
- have osteoporosis (weak bones)
- have immune system problem
- have low potassium levels in your blood
- are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding.
Also, let your doctor know if you are allergic to Albuterol–Beclomethasone, or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to any other medicines.
What other important information should you know about Albuterol–Beclomethasone?
- Albuterol–Beclomethasone may cause dizziness/drowsiness. Do not drive, operate machinery, or do any activities that require alertness until you are certain you can perform such tasks safely.
- Limit alcoholic beverages while on treatment with Albuterol–Beclomethasone.
- While using Albuterol–Beclomethasone medication, avoid close contact with people who are sick or have infections.
- Keep the Albuterol–Beclomethasone inhaler clean and dry.
- Avoid spraying the inhaler drug in your eyes.
The health and medical information provided here is intended to supplement and not substitute for the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professional. It should not be understood to indicate that the use of Albuterol–Beclomethasone is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always consult your health care professional before using this, or any other, drug.