Are There Risks With Albuterol Tablets?
Following are some warnings and precautions to be aware of with albuterol tablets:
- Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are using albuterol tablets more frequently than usual. Asthma symptoms can worsen very quickly and become a medical emergency.
- Using albuterol tablets alone is rarely the best asthma treatment, especially for adults. Your healthcare provider should consider adding additional asthma medications.
- Rarely, albuterol tablets can cause a worsening of bronchospasms (spasms of the airways), which is exactly the opposite of what should happen. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if albuterol tablets make your asthma worse.
- Albuterol tablets can have a stimulatory effect on the heart and blood pressure. A fast heart rate (tachycardia), high blood pressure (hypertension), and irregular heart rhythms (arrhythmias) may occur -- though low blood pressure (hypotension) is also possible. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of it. He or she may wish to use particular caution if he or she recommends albuterol tablets in your case.
- People with an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), diabetes, or epilepsy should use caution when taking albuterol tablets, as the medication may worsen these conditions or increase the risk of side effects.
- Albuterol tablets can increase certain liver enzymes and blood sugar levels and can decrease white blood cell levels. Albuterol tablets may also increase your risk of anemia.
- Albuterol tablets can interact with certain other medications (see Albuterol Drug Interactions).
- Albuterol is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that it may not be safe to use during pregnancy. Talk with your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using albuterol tablets during pregnancy (see Albuterol and Pregnancy for more information).
- It is not known if albuterol passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about using albuterol tablets (see Albuterol and Breastfeeding for more information).