An albuterol inhaler is used to treat and prevent asthma attacks. It can also be used to treat and prevent airway spasms in people with COPD. The medication usually starts working within 6 to 15 minutes when taken during an asthma attack; you can also use an albuterol inhaler 15 to 30 minutes before exercise to help prevent exercise-induced asthma.
There are many different albuterol inhalers. Some are equivalent to each other, while others are not. Older inhalers are made using chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as the propellants, while newer inhalers use hydrofluoroalkane (HFA), an environmentally friendly propellant. The older albuterol inhalers include:
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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.
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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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