Albuterol is a prescription medication used to treat airway spasms (called bronchospasms). These bronchospasms are most common in people with asthma, but can also occur in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or emphysema. Some forms of albuterol are also approved to prevent exercise-induced asthma.
Albuterol comes in many different forms. Some are inhaled into the lungs, while others are taken by mouth (swallowed) and work through the bloodstream. The albuterol inhalers include:
Albuterol solution (inhaled using a nebulizer), short-acting tablets, long-acting tablets (Vospire ER®), and syrup are also available.
Although most people tolerate albuterol well, it is not suitable for everyone. Before starting treatment with the medication, make sure to talk to your healthcare provider about any other medical conditions you may have and any other medications you are taking (including vitamins and herbal supplements). Possible side effects may include nervousness, headaches, and dizziness.
(Click Albuterol for a more in-depth look at the various forms of albuterol inhalers [albuterol inhl], as well as information on how the medication works, general dosing guidelines, and possible side effects.)