Albuterol Tablet Uses
Albuterol tablets are used to treat airway spasms in people with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Occasionally, a healthcare provider may also recommend the medication for treating other conditions. Among these "off-label" albuterol tablet uses are the treatment of breathing problems associated with respiratory infections and the treatment of high potassium in the blood.
Albuterol is a prescription medication used to treat airway spasms (called bronchospasms). These bronchospasms are most common in people with asthma. However, they can also occur in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or emphysema. While albuterol is most often inhaled, it can also be taken orally. Albuterol tablets are available in both short-acting and long-acting forms (Vospire ER®).
Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways, which are the tubes that carry air into and out of your lungs. If you have asthma, the inside walls of your airways are inflamed (swollen). The inflammation makes the airways very sensitive, and they tend to react strongly to things that you are allergic to or find irritating. When the airways react, they narrow and less air flows to your lungs. This is called bronchospasm. It causes asthma symptoms like wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), coughing, tightness in the chest, and trouble breathing.
Although there is no asthma cure, the symptoms of asthma can be controlled. Albuterol is one of the most commonly used medications for asthma treatment. While albuterol is often inhaled (using an inhaler or nebulizer), it can also be taken orally, such as with albuterol tablets.
Asthma is not the only cause of bronchospasm. Albuterol tablets can also treat bronchospasm due to other lung problems, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.