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SALBUTAMOL

Salbutamol or sometimes called albuteroil, belongs to a class of drugs called short-acting beta-2 agonists. This druug is generally used to treat asthma symptoms. It works by producing rapid, short-term dilation of the airways.

This medication is used to relieved symptoms of Asthma such as chest tightness, wheezing and coughing. This medication may also be used in other conditions to be determined by your doctor.

Use as prescribed. Do not overdose.

Aside from the benefits, this drug may bring some unwanted effects, including:

  • Feeling A Bit Shaky
  • Headache
  • Hypokalaemia (Low Blood Potassium Levels)
  • Restlessness
  • Diziness
  • Bronchospasm (Inhaled Salbutamol Only).
  • Lactic Acidosis
  • Rapid Or Uneven Heart Beat
  • Flushing
  • Muscle Cramps
  • Irritation Or Dryness Of The Mouth And Throat (Inhaled Salbutamol Only)

Notify your doctor promptly if any of these symptoms persist or worsen.

Seek immediate medical attention if you experience any of the following side effects:

  • Low Blood Pressure (Hypotension)
  • Collapse
  • Increasing in Wheezing or Shortness of Breath

Precautions

Before taking this drug, tell your doctor or pharmacist:

  • If you are allergic to it or if you have any other allergies.
  • If you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
  • If you are to undergo any surgical procedure.
  • If you are taking herbal, prescription and non-prescription drugs.
  • If you have certain medical conditions such as:
    • Severe Asthma
    • Heart Problems
    • High Blood Pressure (Hypertension)
    • Diabetes
    • An Overactive Thyroid Gland (Hyperthyroidism)
    • Infection of the Lungs
    • Arrhythmias (A Disorder of the Heart Rate)
    • Glucose Intolerance
    • Low Levels of Potassium in the Blood

 

Interactions

Drug interactions may either lessen the effectiveness of this drug or heighten the risk for severe side effects. It’s important to inform your doctor all the medication including prescription and non-prescription and herbal medicines you are taking or going to take.

Possible interactions with this drug are:

  • Beta Blockers For High Blood Pressure Or Heart Conditions (Propranolol)
  • Diuretics (Water Tablets)
  • Steroids
  • Digoxin
  • Atomoxetine (with Intravenous Salbutamol only)
  • Methyldopa
  • Theophylline
  • Aminophylline
  • Medicines Used for Depression

Call emergency hotline if someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing.

Symptoms of overdose may include:

  • Increased or Uneven Heart Beat
  • High Blood Sugar (Hyperglycaemia)
  • Shaking
  • Hypokalaemia (Low Blood Potassium Levels)

 

Available brand/s:

 

  • Actimed Salbutamol
  • Activent
  • Aero-Vent
  • Asbunyl
  • Asfrenon

 

 

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