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Albuterol Interactions Explained
The following sections explain in detail the potentially negative interactions that can occur when albuterol is combined with any of the drugs listed above.
Taking albuterol and a beta blocker together can decrease the effectiveness of both medications. Additionally, people with asthma should generally avoid beta blockers, as they can make their condition worse. While some beta blockers are less likely than others to interact with albuterol, all beta blockers can potentially cause problems.
Taking albuterol and certain diuretics together can increase your risk of low potassium levels (hypokalemia), especially when you use albuterol more often than recommended. Talk to your healthcare provider before using these medications together.
Digoxin (Digitek, Lanoxin)
Albuterol may decrease the level of digoxin in your blood, perhaps making it less effective. Your healthcare provider may need to monitor the level of digoxin in your blood and adjust your digoxin dosage as necessary, especially when you are starting or stopping albuterol.
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors (MAOIs)
Albuterol should be used with extreme caution in combination with MAOIs, as it may result in dangerously low blood pressure (hypotension). Talk to your healthcare provider before combining albuterol with an MAOI.
Albuterol should be used with extreme caution in combination with tricyclic antidepressants, as it may result in dangerously low blood pressure (hypotension) or an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia). Talk to your healthcare provider before combining albuterol with a tricyclic antidepressant.