Albuterol sulfate (pronounced as “al-BYOO-ter-ole”) is an inhalation solution. Some of the brand names of albuterol sulfate include Proventil and Ventolin. This asthma medication belongs to the drug class of bronchodilators.
Albuterol sulfate relaxes the smooth muscle in the lungs and dilates airways to improve breathing. The inhaler enables the drug to reach deep into the lungs for maximum benefit. This medicine is a beta receptor stimulant used to treat or prevent the symptoms of asthma, exercise-induced asthma, emphysema, cardio-obstructive pulmonary disease and other breathing conditions as determined by your doctor.
Take albuterol sulfate exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not take it more frequently without your doctors approval. Excessive use may result in decreased efficacy and increased side effects. Store medication at room temperature, away from direct heat or sunlight. Rinse your mouth after each dose to help relieve dryness and throat irritation.
Onset, Peak, and Duration
Onset of albuterol sulfate occurs within 15 minutes after inhalation. Peak effect occurs 1 to 1.5 hours after inhalation. Effects persist for 3 to 6 hours.
Do not double dose if missed, but take it as soon as remembered. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and resume regular dosing schedule.
Possible side effects of albuterol sulfate that may occur during treatment include dry mouth, irritated throat, dizziness, headache, lightheadedness, heartburn, loss of appetite, altered taste sensation, restlessness, anxiety, nervousness, trembling, and sweating may occur but should subside as your body adjusts to the medication. Chew gum or suck hard candy to relieve dry mouth. If these symptoms persist or worsen, Contact your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.
Inform your doctor if you experience chest pain, pounding heartbeat or breathing difficulties while taking this medication. If symptoms do not improve or worsen after taking this medication, call your doctor immediately. This medication SHOULD NOT BE USED DURING PREGNANCY unless clearly indicated UNDER DIRECT SUPERVISION OF YOUR PHYSICIAN.