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 1,140 483
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) 385 203
Asthma 359 105
Bronchitis 111 50
Cystic Fibrosis 108 21
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 75 34

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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
Severe 31
Moderate 102
Mild 253
None 487

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Albuterol

Side effect Patients
Jittery feeling 62
Shakiness 53
Heart rate increased 31
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 29
Heart palpitations 17
Dry mouth 14

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Albuterol

Dosage Patients
90mcg/inh as needed 62
90mcg/puff as needed 62
CFCfree90mcg/inh as needed 36
2 90mcg/inh as needed 34
2 90mcg/puff as needed 33
2 CFCfree90mcg/inh as needed 24
90 mcg twice daily 16
180 mcg twice daily 13
90 mcg four times daily 11
90 mcg daily 9

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Why patients stopped taking Albuterol

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Reason Patients
Other 77
Course of treatment ended 59
Doctor's advice 59
Did not seem to work 55
Side effects too severe 34
Change in health plan coverage 16
Expense 12
Personal research 5
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Duration

Currently taking Albuterol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 1
1 - 6 months 10
6 months - 1 year 23
1 - 2 years 32
2 - 5 years 86
5 - 10 years 101
10 years or more 183

Stopped taking Albuterol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 46
1 - 6 months 49
6 months - 1 year 32
1 - 2 years 35
2 - 5 years 47
5 - 10 years 24
10 years or more 50
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 432
Usually 234
Sometimes 176
Never taken as prescribed 31
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 24
Somewhat hard to take 82
A little hard to take 190
Not at all hard to take 577
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 3
$50-99 38
$25-49 53
< $25 393
Not specified 383

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Albuterol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 8
Ipratropium-Albuterol (Combivent) 8
Budesonide (Pulmicort) 4
Prednisone (Deltasone) 4
Levalbuterol (Xopenex HFA) 3

Show all 18 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Albuterol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Levalbuterol (Xopenex HFA) 8
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 6
Ipratropium-Albuterol (Combivent) 6
Fluticasone-Salmeterol (Advair Diskus) 3
Fluticasone nasal spray (Flonase Nasal Spray) 2

Show all 15 treatments patients report switching to

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66 patient evaluations for Albuterol

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rainydaygirl
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rainydaygirl
Gender: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
Pain: Most
Fatigue: All
Sleep: All
Stiffness: Some
function: None
external_stress: None
Stickman: most
Description:F73y
FM:27y Dx
CFS:8y Dx
I am: n
I have:
Fibromyalgia

See rainydaygirl's full Albuterol history

Apr 15, 2017 (Started Dec 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Shortness of breath with exertion)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Asthma)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed

Dec 8, 2016 (Started Dec 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Shortness of breath with exertion)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Asthma)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed

May 29, 2016 (Started Dec 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Shortness of breath with exertion)
  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Asthma)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed

Nov 28, 2015 (Started Dec 15, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Shortness of breath with exertion)
  • Effectiveness
    Major (for Asthma)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I use this when my asthma flares up.  It usually relieves my symptoms.  When it doesn't, my only option is the ER. 

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gagafor2
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gagafor2
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 65
PF Severity:
I am: g
I have:
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

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Mar 28, 2017 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed

Dec 8, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 2015)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

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browncat87
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browncat87
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: g
I have:
Parkinson's

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Oct 15, 2016 (Started Jan 01, 1995)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for Asthma)
  • Side effects
    Severe (Tremulousness)
  • Adherence
    Sometimes
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: Albuterol is an excellent medication, especially if you don't have any tremor
Cost: < $25 monthly

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