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The active component of VENTOLIN Inhalation Solution is albuterol sulfate, USP, the racemic form of albuterol and a relatively selective beta2-adrenergic bronchodilator (see CLINICAL PHARMACOLOGY). It has the chemical name a1-[(tert-butylamino)methyl] -4-hydroxy-m-xylene-a, a'-diol sulfate (2:1)(salt) and the following chemical structure:
Albuterol sulfate has a molecular weight of 576.7, and the empirical formula is (C13H21NO3)2·H2SO4.
Albuterol sulfate is a white crystalline powder, soluble in water and slightly soluble in ethanol.
The World Health Organization recommended name for albuterol base is salbutamol.
VENTOLIN Inhalation Solution, 0.5% is in concentrated form. Dilute the appropriate volume of the solution (see DOSAGE AND ADMINISTRATION) with sterile normal saline solution to a total volume of 3 mL and administer by nebulization.
Each milliliter of VENTOLIN Inhalation Solution contains 5 mg of albuterol (as 6 mg of albuterol sulfate) in an aqueous solution containing benzalkonium chloride; sulfuric acid is used to adjust the pH to between 3 and 5. VENTOLIN Inhalation Solution contains no sulfiting agents. It is supplied in a 20-mL amber glass bottle.
VENTOLIN Inhalation Solution is a clear, colorless to light yellow solution.
What are the possible side effects of albuterol (Proventil, VoSpire ER)?
Get emergency medical help if you have any of these signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Stop using albuterol and call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
- new bronchospasm or worsening of your asthma symptoms;
- pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;
- chest pain, tremor, nervousness;
- seizure (convulsions);
- low potassium (confusion, uneven heart rate, extreme thirst, increased urination, leg discomfort, muscle weakness or...
What are the precautions when taking albuterol sulfate inhalation solution (Ventolin Solution)?
Before using albuterol, tell 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. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: heart problems (such as irregular heartbeat, angina, heart attack), high blood pressure, diabetes, seizure.
This drug may make you dizzy. 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.
Last reviewed on RxList: 12/17/2004
This monograph has been modified to include the generic and brand name in many instances.
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