Albuterol: Drug Description
Albuterol is an inhaler primarily used to treat or prevent bronchospasms, which are most common in people suffering from asthma.
Bronchospasm is a condition characterized by sudden narrowing or constriction of the airways, causing difficulty breathing, wheezing, and coughing. Airway spasm can also occur due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, such as emphysema or chronic bronchitis. Albuterol is also effective at preventing exercise-induced bronchospasms.
Albuterol can be used in children who are at least 4 years old.
Off-label uses of Albuterol include the treatment of breathing problems due to respiratory infections.
Mechanism of Action
Normally, air easily passes through the lungs. During an asthma attack, the airways suddenly narrow, which causes difficulty breathing. This condition is known as bronchospasm.
Active component albuterol, which belongs to a group of drugs called beta agonists. It works by relaxing the muscles around the airways, thereby widening the airways and allowing air to pass through the lungs.
Although generic Albuterol is not a cure for asthma, it helps treat and prevent its attacks by opening up the airflow to the lungs.
Albuterol may be used on a daily basis to prevent asthma attacks or only when needed.
Albuterol is a basic treatment for bronchospasms. It helps improve breathing very quickly, as soon as within 6 minutes, and its effect lasts for about 4 hours. Each Albuterol inhaler contains 200 inhalations.
Your dosage of Albuterol will depend on whether you use it to treat or prevent asthma attack. The recommended dose of Albuterol for treating bronchospasms is two sprays inhaled when needed. For some patients, only one spay is needed. When used for preventing asthma attack, the recommended dose is two spays every four to six hours.
When using Albuterol tablets to prevent exercise-induced asthma, the recommended dose is two sprays 30 minutes before exercise.
Before your first use of each Albuterol inhaler, test it by spraying it into the air. Shake the inhaler before each use. Remember that Albuterol should not be sprayed onto the throat, but it should be inhaled into the lungs. To do this, breathe in while spraying Albuterol.
It is important to know how exactly Albuterol inhaler should be used. Read Patient Information Leaflet carefully before using the inhaler or consult your doctor if you have any questions.