What is Albuterol?

Category: Prescription Drugs

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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
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 4641 338
Asthma 3981 629
Cystic fibrosis 646 25
Bronchitis 252 48
Emphysema 167 29

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
  • Can't tell

Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations Percentage
Severe 33
Moderate 128
Mild 315
None 678

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Albuterol

Side effect Patients Percentage
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 74
Jittery feeling 73
Shakiness 71
Heart palpitations 26
Shaky hands 17
Dry mouth 15

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Albuterol

Dosage Patients Percentage
90mcg/puff as needed 35
90mcg/inh as needed 17
2 90mcg/puff as needed 14
2puff(s) as needed 14
2 90mcg/inh as needed 13
CFCfree90mcg/inh as needed 8
2 CFCfree90mcg/inh as needed 7
180 mcg twice daily 5
90 mcg four times daily 5
180 mcg daily 4

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Why patients stopped taking Albuterol

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Reason Patients Percentage
Other 100
Course of treatment ended 71
Doctor's advice 68
Did not seem to work 66
Side effects too severe 48
Change in health plan coverage 18
Expense 17
Personal research 4
See all 346 patients who've stopped taking Albuterol

Duration

Currently taking Albuterol

Duration Patients Percentage
1 - 6 months 3
6 months - 1 year 5
1 - 2 years 8
2 - 5 years 35
5 - 10 years 40
10 years or more 83

Stopped taking Albuterol

Duration Patients Percentage
Less than 1 month 54
1 - 6 months 54
6 months - 1 year 32
1 - 2 years 39
2 - 5 years 62
5 - 10 years 29
10 years or more 61
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations Percentage
Always 563
Usually 315
Sometimes 233
Never taken as prescribed 43
Burden
Burden Evaluations Percentage
Very hard to take 31
Somewhat hard to take 107
A little hard to take 241
Not at all hard to take 775
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations Percentage
$200+ 3
$100-199 5
$50-99 49
$25-49 83
< $25 504
Not specified 510

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Albuterol after stopping:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 14
Ipratropium-Albuterol (Combivent) 9
Fluticasone-Salmeterol (Advair Diskus) 5
Levalbuterol (Xopenex) 5
Prednisone (Prednisone Intensol) 5

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Patients stopped taking Albuterol and switched to:

Treatment Patients Percentage
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 14
Levalbuterol (Xopenex) 14
Ipratropium-Albuterol (Combivent) 11
Fluticasone-Salmeterol (Advair Diskus) 8
Budesonide-Formoterol (Symbicort) 5

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64 patient evaluations for Albuterol

Nov 21, 2020 (Started Mar 10, 2013)

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

Oct 9, 2020 (Started Mar 10, 2013)

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

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

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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

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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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