Albuterol Sulfate Tablets

Last updated on RxList: 10/30/2020
Albuterol Sulfate Tablets Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

What Is Albuterol Sulfate?

Albuterol sulfate is a beta2-adrenergic bronchodilator used to relieve bronchospasm in adults and children 6 years of age and older with reversible obstructive airway disease.

What Are Side Effects of Albuterol Sulfate?

Common side effects of Albuterol Sulfate include:

Dosage for Albuterol Sulfate

TThe usual starting dosage of albuterol sulfate for adults and children 12 years and older is 2 or 4 mg three or four times a day. The usual starting dosage of albuterol sulfate for children 6 to 12 years of age is 2 mg three or four times a day.

Albuterol Sulfate In Children

Safety and effectiveness of albuterol sulfate in children below 6 years of age have not been established.

What Drugs, Substances, or Supplements Interact with Albuterol Sulfate?

Albuterol sulfate may interact with other medicines such as:

  • oral sympathomimetic agents,
  • monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs),
  • tricyclic antidepressants,
  • beta-blockers,
  • diuretics, and
  • digoxin

Albuterol Sulfate During Pregnancy and Breastfeeding

Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant before using albuterol sulfate; it is unknown how it would affect a fetus. It is unknown if albuterol sulfate passes into breast milk. Because of the potential for tumorigenicity shown for albuterol in animal studies, breastfeeding is not recommended while using albuterol sulfate.

Additional Information

Our Albuterol Sulfate Tablets Side Effects Drug Center provides a comprehensive view of available drug information on the potential side effects when taking this medication.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

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Albuterol Sulfate Tablets Consumer Information

Get emergency medical help if you have signs of an allergic reaction: hives; difficult breathing; swelling of your face, lips, tongue, or throat.

Call your doctor at once if you have:

  • wheezing, choking, or other breathing problems after using this medicine;
  • chest pain, fast heart rate, pounding heartbeats or fluttering in your chest;
  • severe headache, pounding in your neck or ears;
  • pain or burning when you urinate;
  • high blood sugar--increased thirst, increased urination, dry mouth, fruity breath odor; or
  • low potassium--leg cramps, constipation, irregular heartbeats, increased thirst or urination, numbness or tingling, muscle weakness or limp feeling.

Common side effects may include:

  • chest pain, fast or pounding heartbeats;
  • upset stomach, vomiting;
  • painful urination;
  • dizziness;
  • feeling shaky or nervous;
  • headache, back pain, body aches; or
  • cough, sore throat, sinus pain, runny or stuffy nose.

This is not a complete list of side effects and others may occur. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Read the entire detailed patient monograph for Albuterol Sulfate Tablets (Albuterol Sulfate Tablets)

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SIDE EFFECTS

In clinical trials, the most frequent adverse reactions to albuterol tablets were:

Percent Incidence of Adverse Reactions

ReactionPercent Incidence
Central nervous system
  Nervous20%
  Tremor20%
  Headache7%
  Sleeplessness2%
  Weakness2%
  Dizziness2%
  Drowsiness<1%
  Restlessness<1%
  Irritability<1%
Cardiovascular
  Tachycardia5%
  Palpitations5%
  Chest discomfort<1%
  Flushing<1%
Musculoskeletal
  Muscle cramps3%
Gastrointestinal
  Nausea2%
Genitourinary
  Difficulty in micturition<1%

Rare cases of urticaria, angioedema, rash, bronchospasm, and oropharyngeal edema have been reported after the use of albuterol.

In addition, albuterol, like other sympathomimetic agents, can cause adverse reactions such as hypertension, angina, vomiting, vertigo, central nervous system stimulation, unusual taste, and drying or irritation of the oropharynx.

The reactions are generally transient in nature, and it is usually not necessary to discontinue treatment with albuterol tablets. In selected cases, however, dosage may be reduced temporarily; after the reaction has subsided, dosage should be increased in small increments to the optimal dosage.

Read the entire FDA prescribing information for Albuterol Sulfate Tablets (Albuterol Sulfate Tablets)

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