What to Expect With Albuterol

When and How to Take Albuterol

Some general considerations for when and how to take albuterol include the following:
 
  • Some people take the medication on a regular schedule to prevent asthma attacks, while others take it only when they need it.
     
  • In general, albuterol should not be taken more often then every four hours. Let your healthcare provider know if you need to use it more frequently than prescribed, as this may be a sign that your asthma is worsening.
     
  • Make sure you know exactly how to take albuterol. Inhalers and nebulizers may be difficult to use at first.
     
  • For albuterol to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.
     

Dosing Information

The dose of albuterol your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
 
  • The particular product
  • Your age
  • The severity of your asthma or other respiratory problem
  • Other medications you may be taking.
     
As is always the case, do not adjust your albuterol dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
 
(Click Albuterol Dosage for more information.)
 

Side Effects of Albuterol

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with albuterol. However, not everyone who takes it will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate the medication well. If side effects do occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider. Serious side effects are less common.
 
Common side effects include but are not limited to:
 
  • Shakiness (tremors)
  • Nervousness
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness.
     
(Click Albuterol Side Effects to learn more, including some of the more serious side effects you should report to your healthcare provider.)
 
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