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 1,255 561
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 430 242
Bronchitis 115 52
Cystic fibrosis 111 25
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 79 40

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  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 35
Moderate 112
Mild 283
None 546

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Albuterol

Side effect Patients
Jittery feeling 67
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 64
Shakiness 62
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 91
90mcg/inh as needed 66
2 90mcg/puff as needed 57
CFCfree90mcg/inh as needed 37
2 90mcg/inh as needed 35
90 mcg twice daily 22
2 CFCfree90mcg/inh as needed 21
90 mcg four times daily 17
90 mcg daily 15
180 mcg twice daily 12

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Why patients stopped taking Albuterol

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Reason Patients
Other 88
Course of treatment ended 63
Doctor's advice 61
Did not seem to work 58
Side effects too severe 42
Change in health plan coverage 17
Expense 12
Personal research 5
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Duration

Currently taking Albuterol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 5
1 - 6 months 40
6 months - 1 year 25
1 - 2 years 43
2 - 5 years 92
5 - 10 years 115
10 years or more 239

Stopped taking Albuterol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 54
1 - 6 months 53
6 months - 1 year 30
1 - 2 years 36
2 - 5 years 52
5 - 10 years 29
10 years or more 54
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 482
Usually 262
Sometimes 195
Never taken as prescribed 37
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 27
Somewhat hard to take 95
A little hard to take 211
Not at all hard to take 643
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 3
$50-99 42
$25-49 58
< $25 446
Not specified 424

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Albuterol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 13
Ipratropium-Albuterol (Combivent) 10
Budesonide (Pulmicort) 5
Fluticasone-Salmeterol (Advair Diskus) 4
Levalbuterol (Xopenex HFA) 4

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Patients stopped taking Albuterol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 11
Levalbuterol (Xopenex HFA) 10
Ipratropium-Albuterol (Combivent) 9
Fluticasone-Salmeterol (Advair Diskus) 4
Ipratropium (Ipratropium Inhalant) 4

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66 patient evaluations for Albuterol

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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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

Jul 29, 2017 (Started Jan 25, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    Mild (oral thrush (candidiasis))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 720 mcg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: oral thrush (candidiasis)

Mar 25, 2016 (Started Jan 25, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 720 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: It remains to be effective for Asthma rescue.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: oral thrush (candidiasis)

Sep 21, 2015 (Started Jan 25, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 720 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: it's an effective rescue medication.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: oral thrush (candidiasis)

May 27, 2012 (Started Jan 25, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 720 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: I only take Ventolin as an asthma rescue medication, that is I only use it on days when I cannot breath easily, usually this is due to high humidity, or a high pollen count; otherwise I rely on my longer-acting steroid medication (Pulmicort), which I always take twice a day to prevent the severe asthma attacks.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: oral thrush (candidiasis)

Mar 31, 2011 (Started Jan 25, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    Mild (oral thrush (candidiasis))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1080 mcg Daily
Advice & Tips: Very effective at stopping coughing spells and feeling out-of-breath.
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: oral thrush (candidiasis)

Oct 18, 2010 (Started Jan 25, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    Mild (oral thrush (candidiasis))
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 1080 mcg Daily
Cost: < $25 monthly
Side effects: oral thrush (candidiasis)

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