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 1,242 549
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 420 231
Bronchitis 115 52
Cystic fibrosis 111 24
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 79 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
111
Mild
276
None
527

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Albuterol

Side effect Patients
Jittery feeling 66
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 65
Shakiness 59
Heart palpitations 19
Shaky hands 14
Dry mouth 13

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Albuterol

Dosage Patients
90mcg/puff as needed 93
90mcg/inh as needed 69
2 90mcg/puff as needed 54
2 90mcg/inh as needed 35
CFCfree90mcg/inh as needed 32
2 CFCfree90mcg/inh as needed 23
90 mcg twice daily 21
90 mcg daily 15
180 mcg four times daily 14
90 mcg four times daily 13

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Why patients stopped taking Albuterol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Other 82
Course of treatment ended 63
Doctor's advice 60
Did not seem to work 56
Side effects too severe 40
Change in health plan coverage 16
Expense 12
Personal research 5
See all 296 patients who've stopped taking Albuterol

Duration

Currently taking Albuterol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 8
1 - 6 months 28
6 months - 1 year 22
1 - 2 years 43
2 - 5 years 87
5 - 10 years 118
10 years or more 231

Stopped taking Albuterol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 54
1 - 6 months 53
6 months - 1 year 28
1 - 2 years 36
2 - 5 years 49
5 - 10 years 26
10 years or more 52
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 467
Usually 259
Sometimes 190
Never taken as prescribed 33
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 27
Somewhat hard to take 93
A little hard to take 209
Not at all hard to take 620
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 3
$50-99 40
$25-49 57
< $25 435
Not specified 411

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Albuterol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 12
Ipratropium-Albuterol (Combivent) 10
Budesonide (Pulmicort) 5
Fluticasone-Salmeterol (Advair Diskus) 4
Levalbuterol (Xopenex HFA) 4

Show all 18 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Albuterol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 10
Levalbuterol (Xopenex HFA) 9
Ipratropium-Albuterol (Combivent) 8
Ipratropium (Ipratropium Inhalant) 4
Fluticasone-Salmeterol (Advair Diskus) 3

Show all 18 treatments patients report switching to

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64 patient evaluations for Albuterol

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

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
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