Medical Editor: John P. Cunha, DO, FACOEP
VoSpire ER (albuterol sulfate) Extended-Release Tablets is a bronchodilator used to treat wheezing and shortness of breath caused by breathing problems (e.g., asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). VoSpire ER is available in generic form. Common side effects of VoSpire ER include:
- shaking (tremor)
- trouble sleeping
- nausea, or
- elevated blood pressure
The usual recommended dosage for adults and pediatric patients over 12 years of age is 8 mg every 12 hours. In some patients, 4 mg every 12 hours may be sufficient. The usual recommended dosage for children 6 through 12 years of age is 4 mg every 12 hours. VoSpire ER may interact with ephedrine, epinephrine, beta-blockers, digoxin, tricyclic antidepressants, diuretics, or cough-and-cold products and diet aids. Tell your doctor all medications and supplements you use. During pregnancy, VoSpire ER should be used only if prescribed. It is unknown if this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.
Our VoSpire ER (albuterol sulfate) Extended-Release 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.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: fast/pounding heartbeat.
Seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: chest pain, irregular heartbeat.
Rarely, this medication has caused severe (rarely fatal), sudden worsening of breathing problems/asthma (paradoxical bronchospasm). If you experience sudden wheezing, seek immediate medical attention.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
In the US -
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
Read the entire patient information overview for VoSpire ER (Albuterol Sulfate Extended-Release Tablets)
The adverse reactions to albuterol are similar in nature to reactions to other sympathomimetic agents. The most frequent adverse reactions to albuterol are nervousness, tremor, headache, tachycardia, and palpitations. Less frequent adverse reactions are muscle cramps, insomnia, nausea, weakness, dizziness, drowsiness, flushing, restlessness, irritability, chest discomfort, and difficulty in micturition.
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.
In controlled clinical trials of adult patients conducted in the United States, the following incidence of adverse events was reported:
|Event||Albuterol Extended-Release Tablets
A trend was observed among patients treated with albuterol extended-release tablets toward increasing frequency of muscle cramps with increasing patient age (12-20 years, 1.2%; 21-30 years, 2.6%; 31-40 years, 6.9%; 41-50 years, 6.9%), compared with no such events in the placebo group. Also observed was an increasing frequency of tremor with increasing patient age (12-20 years, 29.4%; 21-30 years, 29.9%; 31-40 years, 27.6%; 41-50 years, 37.9%), compared to 2.9% or less in the placebo group.
The reactions are generally transient in nature, and it is usually not necessary to discontinue treatment with albuterol extended-release tablets.
Read the entire FDA prescribing information for VoSpire ER (Albuterol Sulfate Extended-Release Tablets)