Asthmatic patients are all too familiar with Albuterol
. It is one of their helplines when breathing difficulty, chest tightness, and wheezing occurs. Albuterol works by relaxing the muscles in the air passageways to improve breathing. It is also effective in treating other pulmonary diseases other than asthma
Albuterol comes in a liquid solution form which is placed either on the nebulizer or the inhaler. When used to treat lung diseases
, it is used at least every six hours; when used to improve breathing, it is used every 15 to 30 minutes. Consult your doctor for the exact dosage needed in your case based on your symptoms. He will know how the correct amount of Albuterol you should use every dosage time and how often you should use it. Do not change the dosage without the orders from your doctor. If Albuterol no longer controls your symptoms or if you feel that your symptoms worsen even after taking the drug, call your doctor immediately. If your symptoms got better before you even complete the prescription period, call your doctor and ask him whether you must discontinue using Albuterol or not. Never stop using it unless it is advised.
Albuterol used through inhalers comes in canisters. Each canister contains 200 inhalations. Once you have used up the labeled number of inhalations the canister contains, you must throw it away and make use of another canister. Some canisters do not have counters. In this case, you need to keep track of the number of inhalations you have used up by yourself so you will know when to change it. The inhaler with Albuterol aerosol is meant for use only with Albuterol. Do not use other medicines with it in the same way that you cannot use a canister of Albuterol with another inhaler.
Be careful in using the inhaler and the nebulizer. The solution must not contact your eyes. It must not also be used near a source of heat or flame. Albuterol may explode when near very high temperatures. To lead you the way, take a lesson from your doctor on the proper way of using the inhaler or nebulizer. Let him watch during your first try. If you are using it on your kid, always watch him over while he inhales the medicine.
Extra care must be taken for patients with histories of allergies
disease, high blood pressure
, and hyperthyroidism
. Current drug use, whether it is just a vitamin or herbal supplement, must be mentioned to the doctor as well. Pregnant women and nursing mothers are also considered special cases. As such, doctors may need to adjust the dosages when any of the above mentioned conditions are present.
Albuterol causes side effects. Normally, side effects like headache
, and throat irritation come mildly. If they persist or worsen as you continue using Albuterol, you will need to make an immediate appointment with your doctor. Equally alarming signs include chest pains, rashes, itching
difficulty, and hoarseness.
Albuterol must be stored tightly closed and out of reach of children at room temperatures. It must also be kept away from excessive heat and moisture. Ask your doctor on proper handling and disposal of Albuterol to be safe.
Albuterol has the following structural formula:
• Molecular formula of albuterol is C13H21NO3
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 2-(hydroxymethyl)-4-(1-hydroxy-2-tert-butylamino-ethyl)-phenol
• Molecular weight is 239.311 g/mol
• Albuterol available : 0.63mg/3ml solution 3ml plastic container, 2mg/5ml syrup, 2mg tablets, 4mg tablets