Albuterol is primarily an asthma medication that opens up the bronchial tubes to allow free breathing. This medication comes in many forms from the aerosol form to pill forms of this drug.Other conditions that Albuterol is prescribed for are COPD, and other types of bronchospasms present. Children as young as four years of age may be able to take Albuterol.
When you are taking this very serious medication, you must never run out and keep it on hand at all times. It is instrumental in treating asthma attacks.
Before anyone takes Albuterol, they need to be aware of a few things. If have an overactive thyroid, diabetes, epilepsy or seizure disorders, hypertension, or any type of heart disease, please be certain that your prescribing doctor is aware of this. Taking Albuterol can cause interactions with medications you are taking with any of these conditions.
Anyone that is taking MAO Inhibitors also need to let their prescribing doctor know since Albuterol can cause some serious drug interactions with any types of these.
Antidepressants that are tricyclic, (meaning used for pain and depression,) will need to use this medicine with caution.
In pregnancy, Albuterol may or may not harm the baby. Research has not determined if taking Albuterol is the cause of any birth defects or not, but it should be used with caution.
When you are taking Albuterol in any form, you must be AWARE that there are several types of side effects that can happen while on this medication. All and all this medication is really well tolerated, otherwise I doubt it would have stayed on the market for so many years now.
The Aersol can also bring on symptoms that are very serious. These side effects are the less common ones experienced, but have occured on rare occasions. These are things such as:
You are having hives, feel itchy, and have a lot of difficulty breathing. This actually resembles a form of anaphylaxis, and needs IIMMEDIATE medical treatment.
Other more serious effects are tongue swelling, loss of voice, severe degrees of abdominal pains, nausea, vomiting, cold and clammy skin, trouble with urination, breathing problems that were not experienced before, and jaw pressure. Wheezing can also occur on very rare occasions. If any of these are happening to you, seek immediate medical help.
If ever you miss a dosage of Albuterol, NEVER double it! Instead, wait for the next scheduled dosage time.