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 1,171 510
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 398 219
Asthma 358 108
Bronchitis 113 52
Cystic fibrosis 110 24
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 77 35

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  • Major
  • Moderate
  • Slight
  • None
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Side effects

Side effects as an overall problem

Side effects as an overall problem
Severity Evaluations
Severe 33
Moderate 108
Mild 264
None 506

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Albuterol

Side effect Patients
Jittery feeling 65
Shakiness 56
Heart rate increased 31
Fast heart rate (tachycardia) 29
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 65
2 90mcg/puff as needed 40
2 90mcg/inh as needed 30
CFCfree90mcg/inh as needed 28
90 mcg twice daily 21
2 CFCfree90mcg/inh as needed 21
90 mcg four times daily 14
90 mcg daily 13
180 mcg twice daily 11

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Why patients stopped taking Albuterol

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Reason Patients
Other 77
Course of treatment ended 61
Doctor's advice 59
Did not seem to work 55
Side effects too severe 36
Change in health plan coverage 16
Expense 12
Personal research 5
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Duration

Currently taking Albuterol

Duration Patients
1 - 6 months 13
6 months - 1 year 12
1 - 2 years 31
2 - 5 years 77
5 - 10 years 118
10 years or more 196

Stopped taking Albuterol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 47
1 - 6 months 49
6 months - 1 year 33
1 - 2 years 35
2 - 5 years 47
5 - 10 years 25
10 years or more 50
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 448
Usually 249
Sometimes 182
Never taken as prescribed 32
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 26
Somewhat hard to take 90
A little hard to take 192
Not at all hard to take 603
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 3
$50-99 39
$25-49 55
< $25 411
Not specified 400

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Albuterol after stopping:

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

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Patients stopped taking Albuterol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 8
Levalbuterol (Xopenex HFA) 8
Ipratropium-Albuterol (Combivent) 7
Fluticasone-Salmeterol (Advair Diskus) 3
Fluticasone nasal spray (Flonase Nasal Spray) 2

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65 patient evaluations for Albuterol

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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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. 

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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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