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Albuterol Inhaler Interactions Explained
The following sections explain in detail the potentially negative interactions that can occur when the albuterol inhaler is combined with any of the drugs listed above.
Using an albuterol inhaler and taking a beta blocker at the same time can decrease the effectiveness of both medications. Additionally, people with asthma should generally avoid beta blockers, as they may worsen their condition. While some beta blockers are less likely than others to interact with albuterol inhalers, all beta blockers can potentially cause problems.
Using an albuterol inhaler with certain diuretics can increase your risk of low potassium levels (hypokalemia), especially when you use an inhaler more frequently than recommended. Talk to your healthcare provider before using these medications together.
Digoxin (Digitek, Lanoxin)
Albuterol inhalers may decrease the level of digoxin in your blood, perhaps making it less effective. Your healthcare provider may need to monitor the level of digoxin in your blood and adjust your digoxin dosage as necessary, especially when you are starting or stopping albuterol inhaler use.
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)
Albuterol inhalers should be used with extreme caution in combination with MAOIs. Dangerously low blood pressure (hypotension) may occur as a result. Talk to your healthcare provider before combining albuterol inhaler with an MAOI.
Albuterol inhalers should be used with extreme caution in combination with tricyclic antidepressants. Dangerously low blood pressure (hypotension) or an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia) may result. Talk to your healthcare provider before combining an albuterol inhaler with a tricyclic antidepressant.