- Ipratropium Bromide–Albuterol/Salbutamol
- Tiotropium Bromide
What does Albuterol/Salbutamol treat?
This is an inhalation medication that comes under the class of bronchodilators. This is prescribed to treat lung diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It helps to relieve asthma symptoms such as chronic cough, shortness of breath, wheezing and chest tightness. It also helps to prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm. It acts by relaxing muscles in the airways and increasing air flow to the lungs.
Follow the Albuterol/Salbutamol dosage prescribed by your physician. The dosage could vary based on individual patient requirements. Always follow your physician’s instructions or go by the directions on the prescription drug label. This is not to be used for children below the age of four.
Missed a dose?
Take it immediately once you remember. In case, this time falls close to the next dosage, skip it and get back to the prescribed schedule. Never take a double dose unless your physician specifically directs you to do so.
Don’t waste any time and seek immediate medical attention. Some of the overdose symptoms that you may encounter are chest pain, nervousness, dry mouth, seizures, irregular heart rate, nausea, sweating, and tremors.
Drug interactions must be considered before starting to take any kind of drug. Drug interactions might happen either when Albuterol/Salbutamol is taken along with another drug or with particular foods. To prevent any kind of negative interaction, make sure you inform your doctor of any drugs you are taking including non-prescription medication, OTCs, health supplements like vitamins, minerals, herbal medicine, drinks with caffeine and alcohol, illegal drugs, smoking habits and so on which may increase the effect of Albuterol/Salbutamol.
It may interact with:
It could also interact with MAO inhibitors, asthma medications and beta-blockers. This is not an exhaustive list though.
Appraise your doctor of any medical conditions that you are suffering from and your family history of medical ailments. It’s important that you do not stop or start taking any medicine without the consent of your physician.
Possible Side Effects
Albuterol/Salbutamol might have some side effects but it’s not possible to anticipate them. It does not have any major side effects and the minor ones that may occur are temporary. In rare cases, there might be major side effects and immediate medical attention must be sought.
Some of the side effects could be insomnia, headache, muscle pain, dizziness, nervousness, cough, and diarrhea. Serious side effects that could occur are irregular heartbeat, rash, chest pain, very high blood pressure, difficulty breathing, and swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat. This is not the complete list though.
In case, there is a change in intensity of side effects or if any new side effects develop, make sure you consult your doctor.
What to ask your doctor before you start on Albuterol/Salbutamol
- Can I take Albuterol/Salbutamol along with other drugs?
- Are there certain foods, beverages and products to be avoided while on Albuterol/Salbutamol?
- What is the dosage of Albuterol/Salbutamol to be consumed?
- How should I use Albuterol/Salbutamol?
- How will Albuterol/Salbutamol work on my body?
- How can the drug interactions and side effects of Albuterol/Salbutamol be minimized or completely avoided?
The health and medical information that we have provided are meant to supplement and not substitute the advice of your physician, pharmacists or other health care professionals. This does not suggest that usage of Albuterol/Salbutamol is safe, appropriate or effective for you. Always ensure that you take this or any other drug only after consulting your physician.