Accuneb

Generic Name: Albuterol

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Accuneb is a medicine used to relieve airway narrowing associated with asthma.

  • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

    How does this medication work?

    Accuneb works by relaxing the muscles in your child's airways.

    What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

    What: Accuneb opens your child's airways to help relieve his/her asthma symptoms.

    When: Accuneb may start working within 30 minutes, and symptom relief may last up to 6 hours.

    How do I know it is working?

    Your child may feel an improvement in his/her breathing once he/she begins using Accuneb. Your child's healthcare provider may perform tests to check his/her lung function and ask you questions to assess how well your child's symptoms are controlled.

  • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

    The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

    More common side effects may include: fast or irregular heartbeat, chest pain, shakiness, nervousness.

    Less common side effects may include:

    Worsening trouble breathing, coughing, or wheezing. This is more likely to happen with your child's first use of a new canister.

    Heart problems, including faster heart rate and higher blood pressure.

    Allergic reactions with symptoms such as itchy skin, rash, swelling beneath the skin or in the throat, or worsening trouble breathing.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Your child should not use Accuneb if he/she is allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

  • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

    Tell your child's healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications he/she is taking before beginning treatment with Accuneb. Also, talk to your child's healthcare provider about his/her complete medical history, especially if your child has heart or thyroid problems; high blood pressure; seizures; diabetes; or low blood potassium levels.

  • What is the usual dosage?

    The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

    Children 2-12 years: The usual starting dose is 1.25 milligrams (mg) or 0.63 mg three or four times a day as needed, via a nebulizer. Your child's healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose based on his/her condition.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Give your child Accuneb exactly as prescribed by his/her healthcare provider. Do not administer it more often or stop giving it to your child without first talking to his/her healthcare provider.

    Accuneb is used with a special breathing machine called a nebulizer. Do not mix other medicines with Accuneb in the nebulizer.

    Please review the instructions that came with your child's prescription on how to properly use Accuneb.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not give your child Accuneb that is not clear and colorless.

  • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

    If Accuneb is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your child's healthcare provider before combining Accuneb with the following: blood pressure/heart medications known as beta-blockers (such as propranolol), certain antidepressants (such as nortriptyline or phenelzine), digoxin, epinephrine, or water pills (such as furosemide or hydrochlorothiazide).

  • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

    Accuneb is intended for use only by children.

  • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

    Accuneb should be given only as needed.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature. Protect from light and excessive heat.