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Ventolin Syrup

Last reviewed on RxList: 11/22/2016
Ventolin Syrup Side Effects Center

Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP

Last reviewed on RxList 11/14/2016

Ventolin Syrup (albuterol sulfate syrup) is a bronchodilator used for the relief of bronchospasm in adults and children 2 years of age and older with reversible obstructive airway disease. The brand name Ventolin is discontinued, but generic versions may be available. Common side effects of Ventolin Syrup (albuterol sulfate syrup) include:

  • tremor,
  • nervousness,
  • shakiness,
  • headache,
  • dizziness,
  • excitement,
  • hyperactivity,
  • sleeplessness,
  • increased appetite,
  • rapid heart rate,
  • mood changes,
  • disturbed sleep,
  • irritability,
  • dilated pupils,
  • weakness,
  • fast heart rate,
  • palpitations,
  • chest pain,
  • sweating,
  • nosebleeds,
  • increased appetite,
  • stomach pain,
  • muscle spasm, and
  • cough.

The usual starting dosage of Ventolin Syrup for adults and children over 12 years of age is 2 mg (1 teaspoonful) or 4 mg (2 teaspoonfuls) three or four times a day. Ventolin Syrup may interact with other oral sympathomimetic agents, beta-blockers, diuretics, digoxin, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), or antidepressants. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, Ventolin Syrup should be used only if prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.

Our Ventolin Syrup (albuterol sulfate syrup) 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.

Ventolin Syrup Professional Information

SIDE EFFECTS

The adverse reactions to albuterol are similar in nature to those of other sympathomimetic agents. In clinical trials, the most frequent adverse reactions to VENTOLIN Syrup (albuterol sulfate syrup) in adults and older children were:

Percent Incidence of Adverse Reactions in Adults and Children (6-12 Years of Age)

Adverse Event

Percent Incidence

Central Nervous System

 

Tremor

10

Nervousness

9

Shakiness

9

Headache

4

Dizziness

3

Excitement

2

Hyperactivity

2

Sleeplessness

1

Disturbed sleep

<1

Irritable behavior

<1

Dilated pupils

<1

Weakness

1

Cardiovascular

 

Tachycardia

1

Palpitations

<1

Sweating

<1

Chest Pain

<1

Ear, Nose, and Throat

 

Epistaxis

1

Gastrointestinal

 

Increased appetite

3

Epigastric pain

<1

Stomachache

<1

Musculoskeletal

 

Muscle spasm

<1

Respiratory

 

Cough

<1

 

In clinical trials, the following adverse reactions to VENTOLIN Syrup (albuterol sulfate syrup) were noted more frequently in young children 2 to 6 years of age than in adults and older children:

Percent Incidence of Adverse Reactions Noted More Frequently in Children 2 to 6 Years of Age Than in Older Children and Adults

Adverse Event

Percent Incidence

Central Nervous System

 

Excitement

20

Nervousness

15

Hypokinesia

4

Sleeplessness

2

Emotional lability

1

Fatigue

1

Cardiovascular

 

Tachycardia

2

Pallor

1

Gastrointestinal

 

Gastrointestinal symptoms

2

Loss of appetite

1

Ophthalmologic

 

Conjunctivitis

1

Cases of urticaria, angioedema, rash, bronchospasm, oropharyngeal edema, and arrhythmias (including atrial fibrillation, supraventricular tachycardia, and extrasystoles) have been reported after the use of VENTOLIN Syrup (albuterol sulfate syrup) .

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

The reactions are generally transient in nature, and it is usually not necessary to discontinue treatment with VENTOLIN Syrup (albuterol sulfate syrup) . 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 Ventolin Syrup (Albuterol Sulfate Syrup)

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