What is Albuterol?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Albuterol Inhaler ProAir HFA Ventolin HFA Show all

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Albuterol relaxes the smooth muscle in the lung and dilates airways to improve breathing. It is used in the treatment of asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. The inhaler enables the drug to reach deep into the lungs for maximum benefit. The international generic name is Salbutamol.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Asthma 1290 595
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 439 251
Bronchitis 116 53
Cystic fibrosis 111 25
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 84 41

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 36
Moderate 119
Mild 295
None 570

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Albuterol

Side effect Patients Percentage
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 69
Jittery feeling 68
Shakiness 67
Heart palpitations 23
Shaky hands 16
Dry mouth 13

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Albuterol

Dosage Patients Percentage
90mcg/puff as needed 80
90mcg/inh as needed 45
2 90mcg/puff as needed 35
2 90mcg/inh as needed 24
2 CFCfree90mcg/inh as needed 19
CFCfree90mcg/inh as needed 18
90 mcg twice daily 13
90 mcg four times daily 13
180 mcg twice daily 12
180 mcg four times daily 6

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Why patients stopped taking Albuterol

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Reason Patients Percentage
Other 91
Doctor's advice 67
Course of treatment ended 65
Did not seem to work 62
Side effects too severe 45
Change in health plan coverage 18
Expense 14
Personal research 5
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Duration

Currently taking Albuterol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 22
6 months - 1 year 31
1 - 2 years 40
2 - 5 years 78
5 - 10 years 80
10 years or more 164

Stopped taking Albuterol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 56
1 - 6 months 56
6 months - 1 year 31
1 - 2 years 38
2 - 5 years 56
5 - 10 years 29
10 years or more 57
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 504
Usually 275
Sometimes 204
Never taken as prescribed 37
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 29
Somewhat hard to take 99
A little hard to take 223
Not at all hard to take 669
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 3
$100-199 3
$50-99 40
$25-49 63
< $25 463
Not specified 448

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Albuterol after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 13
Ipratropium-Albuterol (Combivent) 9
Budesonide (Pulmicort) 5
Prednisone (Deltasone) 5
Fluticasone-Salmeterol (Advair Diskus) 4

Show all 21 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Albuterol and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Levalbuterol (Xopenex HFA) 12
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 11
Ipratropium-Albuterol (Combivent) 10
Fluticasone-Salmeterol (Advair Diskus) 5
Ipratropium (Ipratropium Inhalant) 4

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66 patient evaluations for Albuterol

Jan 6, 2019 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    Mild (racing heart feeling, shakiness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Take it as directed no notable side effects.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: racing heart feeling

Feb 21, 2018 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (racing heart feeling, shakiness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Side effects: racing heart feeling

Nov 10, 2014 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (racing heart feeling, shakiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Side effects: racing heart feeling

Dec 3, 2013 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for asthma)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (racing heart feeling, shakiness)
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Side effects: racing heart feeling

May 5, 2010 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    Severe (racing heart feeling, shakiness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Very hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: When I take 2 puffs from the inhaler, my heart and breathing begin to race. If I only take 1 puff, it is tolerable.
Side effects: racing heart feeling

  • 0 helpful marks

Aug 13, 2018 (Started Mar 10, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks

Oct 25, 2017 (Started Oct 01, 2017)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Works GREAT!
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks
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