|(al BYOO ter
|Airet®; Proventil®; Proventil® HFA; Ventolin®; Ventolin®
|Foreign Brand Names|
|Apo-Salvent® (Canada); Novo-Salmol (Canada); Sabulin (Canada); Salbulin (Mexico); Salbutalan (Mexico); Volmax®
|Reasons not to take this medicine|
- If you have an allergy to albuterol or any other part of the
|What is this medicine used for?|
- This medicine is used to open the airways in diseases, such as asthma
and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, where spasm may cause breathing
- It may also prevent exercise-induced breathing problems. It must be
taken before exercising.
|How does it work?|
- Albuterol works at sites in the airways to relax the muscles and
improve oxygen delivery.
|How is it best taken?|
- For inhaling (puffing) only by an inhaler or as a liquid (solution)
through a special machine (nebulizer) into the lungs. It may be used on an as
needed basis, on a timed schedule, or both. Shake inhaler well before using.
- Follow directions given by healthcare provider. Do not go over
maximally recommended daily dose.
- Spacer can be used with inhaler for easier delivery. This gets more
medicine into the lungs.
- Check inhaler use with healthcare provider at each visit. Using the
inhaler the right way is very important.
- If you are using more than one type of inhaler, use albuterol first,
then the others.
- Tablets/syrup may be taken with or without food. Take with food if
this medicine causes an upset stomach.
- Swallow sustained-release tablet whole. Do not break, crush, or
|What do I do if I miss a dose?|
- Take a missed dose as soon as possible.
- Do not change dose or stop taking medicine without talking with
|What are the precautions when taking this
- Wear disease medical alert identification for lung disease.
- Limit caffeine (for example, tea, coffee, cola) and chocolate intake.
Use with this medicine may cause nervousness, shakiness, rapid heartbeats, and
- If exercise causes symptoms, use inhaled dose immediately before
activity to prevent them.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make
sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling
about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of
face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.
- Tell healthcare provider if you are pregnant or plan on getting
- Tell healthcare provider if you are
|What are the common side effects of this
- Inability to sleep, nervousness, shakiness, over active.
- Rapid or pounding heartbeat.
- Nausea or vomiting. Small frequent meals, frequent mouth care, sucking
hard candy, or chewing gum may help.
- Dry mouth. Rinse out mouth with water after each inhaler use.
- Inhaled medicine has the fewest side
|What should I monitor?|
- Watch for changes in breathing. Is breathing better, worse, or about
- If used for asthma, monitor with peak flow meter.
- Follow up with healthcare
|Reasons to call healthcare provider
- Signs of a life-threatening reaction. These include wheezing;
tightness in the chest; fever; itching; bad cough; blue skin color; fits;
swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Unable to get breathing attack under control.
- Very nervous and excitable.
- Chest pains, fast heartbeats, shortness of breath, or decreased
ability to walk.
- Any rash.
- No improvement in condition or feeling
|How should I store this medicine?|
- Store at room temperature.
- Store inhaler at room temperature for best
- Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's
- Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
- Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, herbal/supplements,
vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider
(doctor, nurse, pharmacist, physician assistant).
- Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine,
including over-the-counter or natural products (herbs,
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