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How Should My Albuterol Inhaler Be Stored?
Albuterol inhalers should be stored at room temperature, away from moisture and heat. You should have an inhaler available at all times, especially if you have severe asthma attacks. To clean the inhaler, remove the canister from the plastic inhaler and run warm water through the plastic inhaler for 30 seconds. Let the inhaler air dry (do not use cloth or paper towels to dry the inhaler, as this may leave particles that could be inhaled). Never put the canister in water.
Keep your albuterol inhaler -- and all medications -- out of the reach of children.
What Should I Do If I Miss a Dose?
If you do not use your albuterol inhaler as scheduled, take your missed dose as soon as you remember, but do not take your doses more closely together than every four hours (unless absolutely necessary to control an attack).
All albuterol inhalers contain 200 inhalations, with 90 mcg of medication per inhalation.
Are There Generic Albuterol Inhalers?
Currently, only the older Ventolin inhaler is available as a generic. All other albuterol inhalers have no generic equivalents.
Written by/reviewed by: Kristi Monson, PharmD;Arthur Schoenstadt, MD
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List of references (click here):
Package insert information for various albuterol inhalers is available throughout the eMedTV Web site. Look up the specific inhaler you are taking for package insert information.
Food and Drug Administration, Center for Drug Evaluation and Research. Electronic orange book: approved drug products with therapeutic equivalence evaluations. FDA Web site. Available at: http://www.fda.gov/cder/ob/. Accessed April 2, 2010.
Briggs GG, Freeman RK, Yaffe SJ. Drugs in Pregnancy and Lactation. 7th ed. Philadelphia (PA): Lippincott Williams & Wilkins;2005.
National Library of Medicine (US). Drugs and Lactation Database (LactMED). NLM Web site. Available at: http://toxnet.nlm.nih.gov/cgi-bin/sis/htmlgen?LACT. Accessed April 3, 2007.
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