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A few albuterol warnings and precautions to be aware of include those relating to possible drug interactions and the medication occasionally making asthma symptoms worse. Also, albuterol is not suitable for everyone; you should not take albuterol if you are allergic to any of the ingredients used to make the medicine.
Albuterol: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking albuterol if you have:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- A fast heart rate (tachycardia)
- An irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
- Other types of heart disease, including congestive heart failure
- An overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Some Albuterol Warnings and PrecautionsSome warnings and precautions to be aware of with albuterol include the following:
- Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are using albuterol more often than usual. Asthma symptoms can become worse very quickly, which can result in a medical emergency.
- Using albuterol alone is rarely the best asthma treatment, especially for adults. Your healthcare provider should consider prescribing additional asthma medications.
- Rarely, albuterol can make bronchospasms (spasms of the airways) worse, which is exactly the opposite of what should happen. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if albuterol makes your asthma worse.
- Albuterol can have a stimulatory effect on the heart and blood pressure. This may result in a fast heart rate (tachycardia), high blood pressure (hypertension), and an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia) -- although low blood pressure (hypotension) is also possible. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of it. He or she may wish to use particular caution if he or she recommends albuterol in your case.
- People with an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), diabetes, or epilepsy should use caution when using albuterol, as albuterol can make these conditions worse or increase the risk of side effects.
- Albuterol can interact with other medications (see Albuterol Drug Interactions).
- Albuterol is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that albuterol may not be safe to use during pregnancy. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using albuterol during pregnancy (see Albuterol and Pregnancy for more information).
- It is not known if albuterol passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about using albuterol (see Albuterol and Breastfeeding for more information).