A bronchodilator, Albuterol helps in the treatment of bronchospasm. The medication is also prescribed for people having exercise-induced bronchospasm.
Albuterol has to be kept on hand all times as no one can say when uneasiness happens. If a person has been asked to use albuterol, he or she should follow the doctor’s direction. Never go for larger doses if your condition is getting worse as overdoses will not give relief from the situation but only augment the situation. In case you could not resist the situation and used an overdose, it is better to contact the doctor without delay. If an overdose is taken, people could come across headache, nervousness, chest pain, tremor, heavy feeling, dry mouth, uneven heart rate, nausea, seizure, sweating, light-headedness and dizziness.
If the Inhaler is being used for the first time, one should have to prime it by spraying at least four times in the air. It is also advised to prime the device if it has not been used for more than a week.
In case of Albuterol prescription, the doctor will prefer it only if he is satisfied with the medical conditions. If allergic to Albuterol contents, the physician will avoid advising Albuterol. It is always better to consult with the doctor about all the medical conditions, including pressure problems, heart diseases or failures, seizure diseases, overactive thyroid or diabetes. Doctors avoid prescribing Albuterol if these conditions exist or they may advise adjustments in the dosage.
In case of pregnant women and breast-feeding women, they are generally advised not to use Albuterol. But in case prescribed, they have to be under the watchful eyes of a practitioner.
Persons taking other medicines should have to be careful when they are prescribed Albuterol. The patients should have to discuss with the doctor about al the medicines that they are using as some of the medicines are known top interact with Albuterol. The doctors prefer other medicines instead of Albuterol if you are using Tricyclic Antidepressants, Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors. This is because there is a possibility that the pressure may increase if these medicines are mixed with Albuterol. The doctors generally advice Albuterol only after two weeks of stopping Tricyclic Antidepressants and Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors. Albuterol is also not advised if a person is taking stimulant medications as it can lead to many complications such as heart problems and increased pressure. A person using Beta-blockers is not given Albuterol as the beta-blockers are known increase bronchospasm in asthmatics. The doctors also do not give Albuterol along with loop diuretics as it could increase the risk of hypokalemia.
When taking Albuterol, one has to be cautious against the side effects. Though the side effects are not that serious, one has to be careful or it could worsen. Chest pain, uneven heart beats, nervousness, tremor, extreme thirst, discomfort in legs, increased urination, muscle weakness, high pressure are some of the serious side effects for which one has to consult a doctor at the earliest. One could also come across headache, insomnia, dry mouth, cough, sore throat, stuffy nose and diarrhea while taking Albuterol.