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 1,162 499
chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 396 216
Asthma 358 107
bronchitis 113 51
cystic fibrosis 109 23
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 77 35

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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 33
Moderate 104
Mild 258
None 500

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Albuterol

Side effect Patients
Jittery feeling 63
Shakiness 56
Heart rate increased 31
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 28
Heart palpitations 16
Dry mouth 14

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Albuterol

Dosage Patients
90mcg/puff as needed 68
90mcg/inh as needed 63
2 90mcg/puff as needed 37
CFCfree90mcg/inh as needed 34
2 90mcg/inh as needed 31
2 CFCfree90mcg/inh as needed 21
90 mcg twice daily 20
180 mcg twice daily 16
90 mcg four times daily 13
90 mcg daily 12

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Why patients stopped taking Albuterol

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Reason Patients
Other 77
Course of treatment ended 60
Doctor's advice 59
Did not seem to work 55
Side effects too severe 35
Change in health plan coverage 16
Expense 12
Personal research 5
See all 282 patients who've stopped taking Albuterol

Duration

Currently taking Albuterol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 12
6 months - 1 year 15
1 - 2 years 38
2 - 5 years 78
5 - 10 years 121
10 years or more 196

Stopped taking Albuterol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 47
1 - 6 months 49
6 months - 1 year 32
1 - 2 years 35
2 - 5 years 47
5 - 10 years 25
10 years or more 50
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 440
Usually 245
Sometimes 178
Never taken as prescribed 32
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 26
Somewhat hard to take 88
A little hard to take 189
Not at all hard to take 592
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 3
$50-99 39
$25-49 53
< $25 402
Not specified 395

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Albuterol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Ipratropium-Albuterol (Combivent) 10
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 9
Budesonide (Pulmicort) 4
Levalbuterol (Xopenex HFA) 4
Prednisone (Deltasone) 4

Show all 17 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Albuterol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Levalbuterol (Xopenex HFA) 8
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 7
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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65 patient evaluations for Albuterol

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. 

  • 0 helpful marks

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

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 2, 2016 (Started Jul 01, 1999)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    Mild (Shakiness)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take

  • 0 helpful marks
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