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Albuterol sulfate

Albuterol sulfate review

Asthmatic patients are all too familiar with Albuterol Sulfate. It is one of their help lines when breathing difficulty, chest tightness, and wheezing occurs. Albuterol Sulfate works by relaxing the muscles in the air passageways to improve breathing and is also effective in treating pulmonary diseases other than asthma.

Albuterol Sulfate comes in a liquid solution, which is placed either in 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 the correct amount of Albuterol Sulfate you should use every dosage time and how often you should use it. Do not alter the dosage without orders from your doctor. If Albuterol Sulfate 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 get better before you complete the prescription period, talk to your doctor and ask him whether you must continue using Albuterol Sulfate or not. Do not stop using the medication unless it is advised to do so by your doctor.

Albuterol Sulfate 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 so you will need to keep track of the number of inhalations you have used up so you will know when to change the canister. The inhaler with Albuterol Sulfate aerosol is meant for use only with Albuterol Sulfate. Do not use other medicines with it in the same way that you cannot use a canister of Albuterol Sulfate with another inhaler.

Be careful in using the inhaler and the nebulizer. The solution cannot come into contact your eyes or be used near a source of heat or flame. Albuterol Sulfate may explode when near very high temperatures. Have your doctor instruct you on the proper way of using the inhaler or nebulizer. Let him watch during your first try. If you are using it on your child, always watch over them while they take the medicine.

Extra care must be taken for patients with histories of allergies, heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, 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 Sulfate, as with most medications, has some known side effects. Normally, side effects such as headache, nausea, vomiting, coughing, and throat irritation come mildly. If they persist or worsen as you continue using Albuterol Sulfate, you will need to make an immediate appointment with your doctor. Equally alarming signs include chest pains, rashes, itching, swelling, swallowing difficulty, and hoarseness.

Albuterol Sulfate needs to be stored tightly closed and out of reach of children at room temperatures. It must be kept away from excessive heat and moisture. Ask your doctor on proper handling and disposal of Albuterol Sulfate to be safe.

Albuterol sulfate has the following structural formula:

Chemical structure of albuterol sulfate

• Molecular formula of albuterol sulfate is C13H21NO3
• Chemical IUPAC Name is 2-(hydroxymethyl)-4-(1-hydroxy-2-tert-butylamino-ethyl)-phenol
• Molecular weight is 239.311 g/mol
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Generic name: Albuterol

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