Albuterol is a bronchodilator used to treat and prevent symptoms of asthma, such as wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing. It is also used to treat bronchospasm associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and to prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm. Albuterol works by relaxing the muscles in the airways, allowing more air to flow in and out of the lungs.
How to use albuterol inhaler:
Albuterol inhalers are used to deliver the medication directly to the lungs. Shake the inhaler well before each use. Breathe out completely and place the mouthpiece of the inhaler into your mouth, forming a tight seal around it with your lips. Press down on the canister to release a dose of medication, while inhaling deeply and slowly through your mouth. Hold your breath for 10 seconds before exhaling slowly. If your doctor has prescribed more than one inhalation, wait 1 minute before repeating the process. Rinse your mouth with water after using the inhaler to help prevent throat irritation.
Possible side effects of albuterol inhaler:
Albuterol inhalers may cause some side effects, including:
Shakiness or trembling
Dry mouth or throat
If any of these side effects persist or worsen, inform your doctor immediately. Seek emergency medical attention if you experience any signs of an allergic reaction, such as hives, difficulty breathing, or swelling of the face, lips, tongue, or throat.
Precautions and warnings for albuterol inhaler:
Before using albuterol inhaler, inform your doctor if you have any medical conditions, such as heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or hyperthyroidism. Albuterol inhalers may interact with certain medications, including beta-blockers and diuretics. It is important to inform your doctor of all medications and supplements you are taking.
Albuterol inhalers should not be used during pregnancy unless specifically recommended by a healthcare provider. It is also important to inform your doctor if you are breastfeeding, as albuterol can pass into breast milk.
It is important to attend regular doctor appointments and report any new or worsening symptoms to your healthcare provider while using albuterol inhaler. Albuterol inhaler is a prescription medication and should only be taken under the supervision of a healthcare provider.