Albuterol Tablets

Generic Name: Albuterol

  • What is this medication and its most common uses?

    Albuterol tablets are medicines 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 tablets work 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 tablets have been shown to improve your lung function and may help you breathe better.

    When: Albuterol tablets may start working within 30 minutes, and symptom relief may last up to 8 hours or longer.

    How do I know it is working?

    You may feel an improvement in your breathing once you begin taking albuterol tablets. 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: nervousness, shaking.

    Less common side effects 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 tablets may also cause low blood potassium levels.

  • Who should not take this medication?

    Do not take albuterol tablets if you are allergic to them or any of their 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 tablets. 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 starting dose is 2 or 4 milligrams (mg) three or four times a day.

    Children 6-12 years: The usual starting dose is 2 mg three or four times a day.

    Your healthcare provider may adjust your or your child's dose as needed.

  • How should I take this medication?

    Take albuterol tablets exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider.

  • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

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

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

    If albuterol tablets are 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 tablets 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 tablets during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Do not breastfeed while you are taking albuterol tablets. 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 tablets, 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.