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 1,269 568
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 432 240
Bronchitis 115 53
Cystic fibrosis 111 25
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 81 40

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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
Severe 35
Moderate 112
Mild 285
None 549

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Albuterol

Side effect Patients
Jittery feeling 67
Shakiness 63
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 63
Heart palpitations 22
Shaky hands 14
Dry mouth 13

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Albuterol

Dosage Patients
90mcg/puff as needed 92
90mcg/inh as needed 67
2 90mcg/puff as needed 47
2 90mcg/inh as needed 33
CFCfree90mcg/inh as needed 32
2 CFCfree90mcg/inh as needed 22
90 mcg twice daily 21
90 mcg daily 15
90 mcg four times daily 15
180 mcg twice daily 13

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Why patients stopped taking Albuterol

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Reason Patients
Other 90
Doctor's advice 64
Course of treatment ended 63
Did not seem to work 59
Side effects too severe 42
Change in health plan coverage 17
Expense 13
Personal research 5
See all 309 patients who've stopped taking Albuterol

Duration

Currently taking Albuterol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 34
6 months - 1 year 31
1 - 2 years 40
2 - 5 years 92
5 - 10 years 113
10 years or more 231

Stopped taking Albuterol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 55
1 - 6 months 53
6 months - 1 year 31
1 - 2 years 37
2 - 5 years 53
5 - 10 years 29
10 years or more 55
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 485
Usually 265
Sometimes 195
Never taken as prescribed 36
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 27
Somewhat hard to take 95
A little hard to take 213
Not at all hard to take 646
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 3
$50-99 40
$25-49 59
< $25 448
Not specified 428

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Albuterol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 13
Ipratropium-Albuterol (Combivent) 9
Budesonide (Pulmicort) 5
Fluticasone-Salmeterol (Advair Diskus) 4
Levalbuterol (Xopenex HFA) 4

Show all 19 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Albuterol and switched to:

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

Show all 18 treatments patients report switching to

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67 patient evaluations for Albuterol

Jun 4, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I have a prescription with instructions to take 2 puffs every 4 hours while awake. I did have Advair also. Unfortunately I can't seem to inhale all of the medication, so stopped using it. So far, so good.

  • 0 helpful marks

Feb 21, 2018 (Started Jan 01, 2008)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (racing heart feeling)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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)
  • 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

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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