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Short-Acting Albuterol Tablet Dosing for Children
For children (ages 6 years to 12 years), the recommended starting dose of albuterol is 2 mg three or four times daily. If needed to control asthma symptoms, your child's healthcare provider can increase the dose up to 24 mg total per day (divided into three or four smaller doses per day).
Short-Acting Albuterol Tablet Dosing for Older Children and Adults
For adults and children over the age of 12, the recommended starting dose of albuterol is 2 mg or 4 mg three or four times daily. If needed to control your asthma symptoms, your healthcare provider can increase the dose up to 8 mg four times daily.
Following are some considerations for people taking albuterol tablets:
- Albuterol tablets are taken by mouth. The short-acting albuterol tablets are usually taken three or four times per day, while extended-release albuterol tablets are usually taken twice daily.
- Extended-release albuterol tablets should not be chewed, broken, or crushed. Be sure to swallow the tablets whole.
- It does not matter if you take albuterol tablets with or without food.
- Albuterol tablets should be taken at the same times each day to maintain even levels of the drug in your blood.
- For albuterol tablets to work properly, they must be taken as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.
- If you are unsure about anything related to albuterol tablets or your albuterol tablet dosage, please talk with your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.