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Albuterol Sulfate Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is albuterol inhalation (Albuterol Sulfate)?
- What are the possible side effects of albuterol inhalation (Albuterol Sulfate)?
- What is the most important information I should know about albuterol inhalation (Albuterol Sulfate)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using albuterol inhalation (Albuterol Sulfate)?
- How should I use albuterol inhalation (Albuterol Sulfate)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Albuterol Sulfate)?
- What happens if I overdose (Albuterol Sulfate)?
- What should I avoid while using albuterol inhalation (Albuterol Sulfate)?
- What other drugs will affect albuterol inhalation (Albuterol Sulfate)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using albuterol inhalation (Albuterol Sulfate)?
You should not use this medication if you are allergic to albuterol.
If you have certain conditions, you may need a dose adjustment or special tests to safely use this medication. Before using albuterol, tell your doctor if you have:
- heart disease, high blood pressure, or congestive heart failure;
- a heart rhythm disorder;
- a seizure disorder such as epilepsy;
- diabetes; or
- overactive thyroid.
If you have any of these conditions, you may not be able to use albuterol, or you may need a dose adjustment or special tests during treatment.
FDA pregnancy category C. This medication may be harmful to an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether albuterol passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I use albuterol inhalation (Albuterol Sulfate)?
Use this medication exactly as it was prescribed for you. Do not use the medication in larger amounts, or use it for longer than recommended by your doctor. Follow the instructions on your prescription label.
Albuterol may increase the risk of asthma-related death. Use only the prescribed dose of this medicine and follow all patient instructions for safe use. Talk with your doctor about your individual risks and benefits of using albuterol.
When using the inhaler device for the first time, prime it by spraying 4 test sprays into the air, away from your face. Shake well before priming. Also prime the inhaler if you have not used it for 2 weeks or longer, or if you have dropped the inhaler.
The instructions below are for standard use of the inhaler and nebulizer devices. Your doctor may want you to use your device differently. Use only the inhaler device provided with your medicine or you may not get the correct dose.
To use the inhaler:
- Shake the canister well just before each spray.
- Uncap the mouthpiece of the inhaler. Breathe out fully. Put the mouthpiece into your mouth and close your lips. Breathe in slowly while pushing down on the canister. Hold your breath for 10 seconds, then breathe out slowly.
- If you use more than one inhalation at a time, wait at least 1 minute before using the second inhalation and shake the inhaler again.
- Keep your inhaler clean and dry, and store it with the cap on the mouthpiece. Clean your inhaler once a week by removing the canister and placing the mouthpiece under warm running water for at least 30 seconds. Shake out the excess water and allow the parts to air dry completely before putting the inhaler back together.
To use the solution with a nebulizer:
- Measure the correct amount of medicine using the dropper provided, or use the proper number of ampules. Place the liquid into the medication chamber of the nebulizer.
- Attach the mouthpiece or face mask to the drug chamber. Then, attach the drug chamber to the compressor. Sit upright and place the mouthpiece into your mouth, or cover your nose and mouth with the face mask. Breathe slowly and evenly until you have inhaled all of the medicine (usually 5 to 15 minutes). The treatment is complete when the drug chamber is empty.
- Clean the nebulizer after each use. Follow the cleaning directions that came with your nebulizer.
Call your doctor right away if you feel that this medicine is not working as well as usual, or if it makes your condition worse. If it seems like you need to use more of any of your medications in a 24-hour period, talk with your doctor.
It is important to keep this medication on hand at all times. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely. Keep using all of your other medications as prescribed by your doctor.
Store this medication at room temperature away from moisture and heat. Extreme heat can cause the medicine canister to burst. Do not store it in your car on hot days. Do not throw an empty canister into open flame.
Additional Albuterol Sulfate Information
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