Albuterol Inhalation Solution 0.5%

Generic Name: Albuterol

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Albuterol inhalation solution 0.5% is a medicine used to treat airway narrowing associated with certain breathing problems (such as asthma).

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

    How does this medication work?

    Albuterol inhalation solution 0.5% works by relaxing the muscles in your airways.

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

    What: Albuterol inhalation solution 0.5% has been shown to improve your lung function and may help you breathe better.

    When: Albuterol inhalation solution 0.5% may start working within 5 minutes, and symptom relief may last up to 6 hours or longer.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may feel an improvement in your breathing once you begin using albuterol inhalation solution 0.5%. Your healthcare provider may perform tests to check your lung function and ask you questions to assess how well your 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: shaking.

    Less common side effects may include:

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

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

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

    Albuterol inhalation solution 0.5% may also cause low blood potassium levels.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not use albuterol inhalation solution 0.5% if you are 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 healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with albuterol inhalation solution 0.5%. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart or thyroid problems, diabetes, high blood pressure, or seizures.

  • 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.

    Adults and children >12 years: The usual dose is 2.5 milligrams three to four times a day via a nebulizer.

    Children 2-12 years: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child, based on his/her weight.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Use albuterol inhalation solution 0.5% exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.

    Please review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use your nebulizer.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not allow the tip of the bottle to touch any surface, as this can contaminate albuterol inhalation solution 0.5%.

    Do not use albuterol inhalation solution 0.5% if it changes color or becomes cloudy.

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

    If albuterol inhalation solution 0.5% is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining albuterol inhalation solution 0.5% with the following: blood pressure/heart medications known as beta-blockers (such as metoprolol or propranolol), certain antidepressant medications (such as amitriptyline or phenelzine), digoxin, epinephrine, other similar medicines (such as pirbuterol), or water pills (such as furosemide or hydrochlorothiazide).

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

    The effects of albuterol inhalation solution 0.5% during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are using albuterol inhalation solution 0.5%. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

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

    If you miss a dose of albuterol inhalation solution 0.5%, use it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not inhale two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature or in the refrigerator.