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    Information about Salbutamol/Albuterol

    Salbutamol/albuterol uses

    Salbutamol/Albuterol is used in the treatment of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

    How salbutamol/albuterol works

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

    Common side effects of salbutamol/albuterol

    Tremor, Headache, Insomnia (difficulty in sleeping), Palpitations, Dizziness, Nervousness, Muscle cramp, Increased heart rate
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    Dr. Sakshi Sharma
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    Dr. Ashish Ranjan
    MD (Pharmacology), MBBS
    Last updated on:
    15 Nov 2019 | 02:41 PM (IST)
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    Expert advice for Salbutamol/Albuterol

    • Salbutamol/Albuterol is used to relieve symptoms of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) such as coughing, wheezing and breathlessness.
    • The inhalers are called 'reliever' inhalers as they give you quick relief from breathing problems. 
    • Always keep the inhaler upright during loading of the dose and administration steps.
    • If you feel a slightly sweet tasting powder in your mouth after inhaling, you have received the dose and the active substance has reached your lungs.
    • Always replace the inhaler cap after you have used the inhaler.
    • Gargle with warm water after each inhalation to avoid any fungal infections in your mouth and throat.
    • Dry mouth may occur as a side effect. Frequent mouth rinses, good oral hygiene, increased water intake and sugarless candy may help.
    • If you need to use Salbutamol/Albuterol more than 3 times a week, it could be a sign that your breathing problem is not well controlled. Talk to your doctor about it.
    • Inform your doctor if you have a history of heart diseases or if you experience heart racing, headache, or chest pain.

    Frequently asked questions for Salbutamol/Albuterol


    Q. When should I take Salbutamol/Albuterol?

    Use Salbutamol/Albuterol as and when you need it. Salbutamol/Albuterol relieves the symptoms of asthma like coughing, shortness of breath and tightness in the chest. You can also take it to prevent asthma attacks in circumstances where you know it may occur, example after strenuous exercise or unavoidable exposure to allergen.

    Q. Can I smoke if I have been prescribed Salbutamol/Albuterol?

    No, you should not smoke while taking Salbutamol/Albuterol. Smoking irritates the lungs. Especially in asthmatics, it makes breathing more difficult. Take advice from your doctor if you are finding it hard to avoid smoking.

    Q. Is it safe to take Salbutamol/Albuterol if I have heart disease?

    Yes, but its use depends on the severity of your heart problem. If you experience chest pain or any other symptom of worsening heart disease while taking Salbutamol/Albuterol, you should seek immediate medical advice.

    Q. Being a diabetic, what should I remember while taking Salbutamol/Albuterol?

    Salbutamol/Albuterol 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 appointments.

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

    It could be due to Salbutamol/Albuterol. 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. Feeling shaky is a common side effect of Salbutamol/Albuterol and goes away after sometime.

    Q. What would happen if I take higher than the recommended dose of Salbutamol/Albuterol?

    Taking a higher than the recommended dose of Salbutamol/Albuterol may cause seizures, chest pain, nervousness, headache, dry mouth, nausea, dizziness and lack of energy. High doses of Salbutamol/Albuterol 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.

    Content on this page was last updated on 15 November, 2019, by Dr. Varun Gupta (MD Pharmacology)