Asthma Home > Albuterol Drug Information

If you have asthma, emphysema, or certain other lung problems, you may benefit from a medication called albuterol. This medicine is part of a class of asthma drugs known as beta-adrenergic receptor agonists, or beta agonists for short. It works by opening up the airways and allowing more air to get into and through the lungs. In some cases, a person can take it only when needed; in other cases, the medication is taken on a regular schedule to prevent asthma attacks.
 
Although the drug is generally well tolerated, it is not suitable for everyone. Nervousness, shakiness, and headaches are among the most commonly reported side effects.
 
Before using albuterol for your respiratory condition, make sure your healthcare provider has up-to-date information on your medical history and a list of your current medications. In particular, let your healthcare provider know if you have problems such as a fast heart rate or high blood pressure.
 
(For more information, click Albuterol. This article offers a complete overview of this drug, including safety warnings, how to ensure the effectiveness of each dose, and more.)
 
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