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 1,091 442
COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease) 365 186
Asthma 359 104
Bronchitis 109 48
Cystic Fibrosis 107 20
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 73 32

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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 30
Moderate 99
Mild 229
None 459

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Albuterol

Side effect Patients
Jittery feeling 61
Shakiness 46
Heart rate increased 28
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 27
Heart palpitations 15
Dry mouth 12

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Albuterol

Dosage Patients
90mcg/inh as needed 63
90mcg/puff as needed 46
2 90mcg/inh as needed 39
CFCfree90mcg/inh as needed 37
2 CFCfree90mcg/inh as needed 22
2 90mcg/puff as needed 18
90 mcg daily 17
90 mcg twice daily 11
180 mcg daily 10
180 mcg twice daily 9

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Why patients stopped taking Albuterol

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Reason Patients
Other 76
Course of treatment ended 59
Doctor's advice 58
Did not seem to work 53
Side effects too severe 33
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 25
1 - 2 years 31
2 - 5 years 79
5 - 10 years 88
10 years or more 170

Stopped taking Albuterol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 46
1 - 6 months 48
6 months - 1 year 31
1 - 2 years 34
2 - 5 years 47
5 - 10 years 24
10 years or more 48
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 405
Usually 222
Sometimes 160
Never taken as prescribed 30
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 24
Somewhat hard to take 77
A little hard to take 180
Not at all hard to take 536
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 2
$100-199 3
$50-99 36
$25-49 49
< $25 366
Not specified 361

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Albuterol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 8
Ipratropium-Albuterol (Combivent) 7
Budesonide (Pulmicort) 4
Prednisone (Deltasone) 4
Levalbuterol (Xopenex HFA) 3

Show all 16 treatments patients report switching from

Patients stopped taking Albuterol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Levalbuterol (Xopenex HFA) 7
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 6
Ipratropium-Albuterol (Combivent) 6
Fluticasone-Salmeterol (Advair Diskus) 3
Oxygen Therapy (Homozon Oxygen Therapy) 2

Show all 11 treatments patients report switching to

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66 patient evaluations for Albuterol

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gagafor2
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gagafor2
Data Quality: 3 stars
  • Gender: F
  • Age: 64
PF Severity:
I am: g
I have:
Idiopathic Pulmonary Fibrosis

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

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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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browncat87
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browncat87
Sex: F
Data Quality: 3 stars
On
Mouth/throat: mild
Arms: mild
Chest: mild
Legs: mild
I am: n
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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