Albuterol Syrup

Generic Name: Albuterol

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Albuterol syrup 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 syrup 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 syrup has been shown to improve your lung function and may help you breathe better.

    When: Albuterol syrup may start working within 30 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 taking albuterol syrup. 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.

    Adults and Children 6-14 Years

    More common side effects may include: shaking.

    Children 2-6 Years

    More common side effects may include: excitement, nervousness.

    Less common side effects of albuterol syrup may include: Worsening trouble breathing, coughing, or wheezing.

    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 syrup may also cause low blood potassium levels.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not take albuterol syrup 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 syrup. 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 >14 years: The usual starting dose is 1 or 2 teaspoonfuls three or four times a day.

    Children 6-14 years: The usual starting dose is 1 teaspoonful three or four times a day.

    Children 2-5 years: Your healthcare provider will prescribe the appropriate dose for your child, based on his/her weight. Your healthcare provider may increase your or your child's dose as needed.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Take albuterol syrup exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

    Do not change your dose or stop taking albuterol syrup without first talking to your healthcare provider.

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

    If albuterol syrup is taken 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 syrup 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, medicines that affect your blood pressure or heart rate (such as pseudoephedrine), or water pills (such as furosemide or hydrochlorothiazide).

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

    The effects of albuterol syrup during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are taking albuterol syrup. 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 syrup, take 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 take two doses at once.

  • How should I store this medication?

    Store at room temperature.