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Headache, throat irritation, and vomiting are common side effects that may occur while using an albuterol inhaler. Side effects that are much less common include insomnia, ear pain, and dry mouth. Although side effects of albuterol inhalers are typically mild, serious problems can require immediate medical attention. Notify your healthcare provider if you experience worsening breathing problems, a fast heart rate, or unexplained swelling.

An Introduction to Albuterol Inhaler Side Effects

As with any medicine, side effects are possible with albuterol inhalers; however, not everyone who uses an albuterol inhaler will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate them well. If side effects occur, in most cases, they are minor and either require no treatment or can be easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with albuterol inhalers. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of albuterol inhaler side effects with you.)

Common Side Effects of Albuterol Inhalers

Albuterol inhalers have been studied thoroughly in clinical trials, in which a group of people taking the drug have side effects documented and compared to another group not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
In these studies, the most common albuterol inhaler side effects included:
  • Cough
  • Feelings of a rapidly or forcefully beating heart (heart palpitations)
  • Headache
  • Irritated or runny nose
  • Muscle or bone pain
  • Nausea
  • Nervousness
  • Shakiness (tremor)
  • Throat irritation
  • Upper respiratory tract infections (such as the common cold)
  • Vomiting.
These side effects may not apply to every albuterol inhaler product, as different products may have different side effects.
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