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Albuterol Tablet Uses in Children

Albuterol tablets are approved for use in children ages six and older. The medication has not been adequately studied in children under six years old. Be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about the best ways to treat childhood asthma.
 

Off-Label Albuterol Tablet Uses

On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend albuterol tablets for treating something other than the conditions discussed above. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, off-label albuterol tablet uses can include the treatment of:
 
  • High potassium in the blood (hyperkalemia)
  • Difficulty breathing associated with respiratory infections, such as pneumonia or the flu.
     
Although it is not usually thought of as a medication that can be abused, albuterol is sometimes used inappropriately for other uses, such as to lose weight, improve athletic performance, or achieve a stimulant "high" (see Albuterol Abuse for more information).
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