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Albuterol is used in the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder (copd).

How it works

The Albuterol works by relaxing the muscles in the walls of the airways. This opens the airways and makes breathing easier.

Common side effects

Cough, Throat irritation, Respiratory tract inflammation, Musculoskeletal (bone, muscle or joint) pain, Respiratory tract infection

Available Medicine

No medicine available

Expert advice

• Do not give albuterol in an inhalation form to children under 4 years of age.
• Tell your doctor if you have or have a history of any heart disease, high blood pressure, rapid/uneven heart rate, convulsion episodes, diabetes, a hormonal condition called hyperthyroidism or low levels of potassium in your blood.
• Talk to your doctor if your symptoms worsen or if you feel that symptoms are no longer being controlled by the medicine.
• Do not drive or operate machinery as albuterol may cause trembling or shaking of hands and feet as well as dizziness.
• Tell your doctor if you are or planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding.
• Should not be given to patients who are allergic to albuterol or any of its ingredients.
• Should not be given to patients with underlying heart diseases.

Frequently asked questions


Q. Is albuterol a steroid or a corticosteroid?
Albuterol is not a steroid or a corticosteroid
Q. Is it addictive?
No it is not an addictive
Q. Is albuterol safe and over the counter?
Albuterol is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor. Albuterol is not available over-the-counter. It is sold only upon a prescription by a registered medical practitioner
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Q. Does albuterol make you sleepy?
Albuterol can cause sleepiness as a rare side effect
Q. Is albuterol the same as Ventolin?
Albuterol and ventolin belongs to same category of drugs with similar action, but their effect may vary upon individual response
Q. Can I take albuterol for bronchitis, coughing, chest congestion, pneumonia, croup (respiratory infection caused by a virus)?
Albuterol is mainly used in asthma. It is good in the treatment of chest congestion and can prevent getting pneumonia
Q. Can I take albuterol and Advair?
Using albuterol and Advair together can increase heart related side effects
Q. Can I take albuterol with prednisone?
Concomitant use of albuterol and prednisolone may result in hypokalaemia (deficiency of potassium in the blood)
Q. Can I take albuterol with Symbicort?
Using albuterol with symbicort may increase heart related side effects such as increased heart rate, blood pressure or irregular heart rhythm.

Content on this page was last updated on 13 February, 2017, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)