Albuterol Inhalation Powder

Name: Albuterol Inhalation Powder

What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Albuterol Inhalation Powder?

  • If you have an allergy to albuterol inhalation powder or any part of this medicine.
  • If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
  • If you are taking or will be taking another drug like this one.
  • If you have a milk allergy.
  • If you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.

This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with albuterol inhalation powder.

Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take this medicine with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.

What are some things I need to know or do while I take Albuterol Inhalation Powder?

  • Tell all of your health care providers that you take albuterol inhalation powder. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
  • Do not take more of this medicine or use it more often than you have been told. Deaths have happened when too much of albuterol inhalation powder was taken. Talk with your doctor.
  • Call your doctor right away if your normal dose does not work well, if your signs get worse, or if you need to use this medicine more often than normal.
  • If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch your blood sugar closely.
  • If you are taking digoxin, talk with your doctor. You may need to have your blood work checked more closely while you are taking it with albuterol inhalation powder.
  • Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
  • Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using this medicine while you are pregnant.

Consumer Information Use and Disclaimer

  • If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
  • Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
  • Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
  • Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
  • Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about this medicine, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take albuterol inhalation powder or any other medicine. Only the healthcare provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for a specific patient. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to albuterol inhalation powder. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from the healthcare provider. You must talk with the healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

Review Date: October 4, 2017

Highlights for albuterol

ALBUTEROL (al BYOO ter ole) is a bronchodilator. It helps open up the airways in your lungs to make it easier to breathe. This medicine is used to treat and to prevent bronchospasm.

This drug also comes in other forms, including Oral syrup, Inhalation suspension, pressurized, Oral tablet, Inhalation solution

This drug can cause serious side effects. See which side effects you should report to your doctor right away.

Know how to use your medication, and learn what might happen if you miss a dose.

Talk to your healthcare provider if you have any of these conditions.

Know what to watch for and get tips for reducing your risks while taking this drug.

Albuterol Side Effects

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue
  • breathing problems
  • chest pain
  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls
  • high blood pressure
  • irregular heartbeat
  • fever
  • muscle cramps or weakness
  • pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet
  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (Report these to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome.):

  • changes in taste
  • cough
  • headache
  • nervousness or trembling
  • stomach upset
  • stuffy or runny nose
  • throat irritation
  • trouble sleeping

Albuterol May Interact with Other Medications

  • anti-infectives like chloroquine and pentamidine
  • caffeine
  • cisapride
  • diuretics
  • medicines for colds
  • medicines for depression or for emotional or psychotic conditions
  • medicines for weight loss including some herbal products
  • methadone
  • some antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, levofloxacin, and linezolid
  • some heart medicines
  • steroid hormones like dexamethasone, cortisone, hydrocortisone
  • theophylline
  • thyroid hormones
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
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