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Ventolin Solution Patient Information including How Should I Take
In this Article
- What is albuterol (Ventolin Solution)?
- What are the possible side effects of albuterol (Ventolin Solution)?
- What is the most important information I should know about albuterol (Ventolin Solution)?
- What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking albuterol (Ventolin Solution)?
- How should I take albuterol (Ventolin Solution)?
- What happens if I miss a dose (Ventolin Solution)?
- What happens if I overdose (Ventolin Solution)?
- What should I avoid while taking albuterol (Ventolin Solution)?
- What other drugs will affect albuterol (Ventolin Solution)?
- Where can I get more information?
What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before taking albuterol (Ventolin Solution)?
Before taking albuterol, tell your doctor if you have
- heart disease or high blood pressure;
- epilepsy or another seizure disorder;
- an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism);
- difficulty swallowing;
- liver disease; or
- kidney disease.
You may not be able to take albuterol or you may require a dosage adjustment or special monitoring during treatment if you have any of the conditions listed above.
Albuterol is in the FDA pregnancy category C. This means that it is not known whether it will harm an unborn baby. Do not take albuterol without first talking to your doctor if you are pregnant or could become pregnant during treatment.
It is not known whether albuterol passes into breast milk. Do not take albuterol without first talking to your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.
How should I take albuterol (Ventolin Solution)?
Take albuterol exactly as directed by your doctor. If you do not understand these directions, ask your pharmacist, nurse, or doctor to explain them to you.
Take each dose with a full glass of water.
To ensure that you get a correct dose, measure the liquid forms of albuterol with a special dose-measuring spoon or cup, not with a regular table spoon. If you do not have a dose-measuring device, ask your pharmacist where you can get one.
Do not break, crush, or chew the Volmax or Proventil Repetabs tablets. These are specially formulated to release the medication slowly in the body. The Volmax tablets have an outer shell that is not absorbed by the body. Occasionally, this shell may be seen in the stool. This is not a problem as the medication has been absorbed by the body.
Seek medical attention if you notice that you require more than your usual or more than the maximum amount of any asthma medication in a 24-hour period. An increased need for medication could be an early sign of a serious asthma attack.
Store the Volmax brand of albuterol tablets in the refrigerator between 36 and 46 degrees Fahrenheit (2 and 8 degrees Celsius).
Store all other forms of albuterol at room temperature away from moisture and heat.
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