Information about Bambuterol

Bambuterol Uses

Bambuterol is used in the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

How Bambuterol works

Bambuterol is a bronchodilator. It works by relaxing the muscles in the airways and widens airways. This makes breathing easier.

Common side effects of Bambuterol

Headache, Restlessness, Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Palpitations, Trembling, Muscle cramp
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Available Medicine for Bambuterol

BambudilCipla Ltd
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AsthafreeZuventus Healthcare Ltd
25 to ₹463 variant(s)
BamwinKlokter Life Sciences
421 variant(s)
BambetEast West Pharma
401 variant(s)
RoburolSun Pharmaceutical Industries Ltd
32 to ₹562 variant(s)

Expert advice for Bambuterol

  • Take bambuterol tablets shortly before bedtime.
  • Caution should be exercised in patients with history of diabetes, thyroid disease, high blood pressure, heart disease, problems of liver or kidneys, family history of glaucoma (increased pressure in the eye).
  • You should continue taking the medication after the start of treatment with bambuterol, even if the asthma symptoms diminish.
  • If you have moderate to severely impaired renal function (GFR < 50 ml/min), it is recommended that the starting dose of Bambuterol should be halved.
  • If you have severe asthma, you should undergo regular blood tests to monitor the amount of potassium in your blood. 
  • If you are suffering from diabetes, you may need additional medications for blood glucose control, due to the hypoglycemic effect exerted by bambuterol.
  • Consult your doctor as soon as possible if this medicine doesn't relieve wheezing or chest tightness as well as usual, or for as long as usual, or if you need to use it more often than usual.
  • If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, ask your doctor for advice before taking this medicine.Caution is recommended during the first trimester of pregnancy.

Frequently asked questions for Bambuterol


Q. How does Bambuterol work?

Bambuterol works by widening the air passages in your lungs so that air can flow into your lungs more freely. For people with asthma, Bambuterol helps to relieve symptoms such as coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath, particularly at night.

Q. How should I take Bambuterol?

Bambuterol should be taken in the dose and duration advised by your doctor. Bambuterol can be taken with or without food, preferably at the same time each day to reduce the chances of a missed dose. However, it is advisable to take Bambuterol just before bedtime with a glass of water.

Q. What if I forget to take a dose of Bambuterol?

If you forget a dose of Bambuterol, take it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, take it in the regular schedule instead of taking the missed dose. Do not double the dose to make up for the missed one as this may increase the chances of developing side effects.

Q. What would happen if I take higher than the recommended dose of Bambuterol?

Taking a higher than the recommended dose of Bambuterol may cause seizures, chest pain, nervousness, headache, dry mouth, nausea, dizziness and lack of energy. High doses of Bambuterol may also cause fast, irregular or pounding heartbeat, uncontrollable shaking of any part of the body and difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. In any such case, seek immediate medical attention.

Q. Is it safe to take Bambuterol if I have heart disease?

Yes, Bambuterol is considered safe, but its use depends on the severity of your heart problem. However, it would be best to consult your doctor before taking Bambuterol. If you experience chest pain or any other symptom of worsening heart disease while taking Bambuterol, you should seek immediate medical advice.

Q. Being a diabetic, what should I remember while taking Bambuterol?

Bambuterol may cause blood sugar levels to rise. Therefore, your doctor may adjust your dose of insulin or antidiabetic medicines. Keep a regular check on your blood glucose levels and do not miss any dose. Consult your doctor if you experience a sudden rise in blood sugar levels.

Q. I have started using Bambuterol and I am experiencing headaches and shakiness. Is this because of Bambuterol and will these go away?

Yes, it could be due to Bambuterol. Feeling shaky is a common side effect of Bambuterol which goes away after some time. For headaches, drink plenty of water, get sufficient rest and avoid alcohol. Usually, headaches go away after a week. If they persist for a long time, contact your doctor.

Q. Can I smoke if I have been prescribed Bambuterol?

No, you should not smoke while taking Bambuterol. Smoking irritates the lungs. The medicine may make breathing more difficult, especially in patients who have asthma. Take advice from your doctor if you are finding it hard to avoid smoking.


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