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 1,277 584
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 434 243
Bronchitis 115 53
Cystic fibrosis 111 25
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 83 40

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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 35
Moderate 114
Mild 289
None 560

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Albuterol

Side effect Patients
Jittery feeling 67
Shakiness 65
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 64
Heart palpitations 23
Shaky hands 16
Dry mouth 13

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Albuterol

Dosage Patients
90mcg/puff as needed 89
90mcg/inh as needed 64
2 90mcg/puff as needed 48
2 90mcg/inh as needed 32
CFCfree90mcg/inh as needed 29
2 CFCfree90mcg/inh as needed 20
90 mcg twice daily 18
90 mcg four times daily 16
90 mcg daily 14
180 mcg twice daily 13

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Why patients stopped taking Albuterol

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Reason Patients
Other 91
Course of treatment ended 64
Doctor's advice 64
Did not seem to work 59
Side effects too severe 43
Change in health plan coverage 17
Expense 13
Personal research 5
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Duration

Currently taking Albuterol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 4
1 - 6 months 32
6 months - 1 year 31
1 - 2 years 31
2 - 5 years 96
5 - 10 years 116
10 years or more 222

Stopped taking Albuterol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 56
1 - 6 months 53
6 months - 1 year 31
1 - 2 years 37
2 - 5 years 54
5 - 10 years 29
10 years or more 55
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 494
Usually 269
Sometimes 199
Never taken as prescribed 36
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 29
Somewhat hard to take 95
A little hard to take 217
Not at all hard to take 657
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 3
$50-99 40
$25-49 61
< $25 452
Not specified 439

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
Prednisone (Deltasone) 5
Fluticasone-Salmeterol (Advair Diskus) 4

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Patients stopped taking Albuterol and switched to:

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

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67 patient evaluations for Albuterol

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

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.

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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

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