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 1,191 521
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 403 223
Bronchitis 114 52
Cystic fibrosis 113 25
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 78 37

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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 109
Mild 264
None 516

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Albuterol

Side effect Patients
Jittery feeling 65
Shakiness 56
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 32
Heart rate increased 31
Heart palpitations 16
Dry mouth 14

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Albuterol

Dosage Patients
90mcg/puff as needed 75
90mcg/inh as needed 65
2 90mcg/puff as needed 40
2 90mcg/inh as needed 29
CFCfree90mcg/inh as needed 29
90 mcg twice daily 20
2 CFCfree90mcg/inh as needed 20
90 mcg daily 15
90 mcg four times daily 14
180 mcg four times daily 10

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Why patients stopped taking Albuterol

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Reason Patients
Other 81
Course of treatment ended 62
Doctor's advice 59
Did not seem to work 56
Side effects too severe 39
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 6
6 months - 1 year 20
1 - 2 years 30
2 - 5 years 82
5 - 10 years 113
10 years or more 196

Stopped taking Albuterol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 50
1 - 6 months 50
6 months - 1 year 33
1 - 2 years 36
2 - 5 years 48
5 - 10 years 26
10 years or more 51
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 454
Usually 252
Sometimes 184
Never taken as prescribed 32
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 26
Somewhat hard to take 91
A little hard to take 195
Not at all hard to take 610
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 3
$50-99 41
$25-49 55
< $25 416
Not specified 404

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Albuterol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 11
Ipratropium-Albuterol (Combivent) 10
Budesonide (Pulmicort) 5
Prednisone (Deltasone) 5
Levalbuterol (Xopenex HFA) 4

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Patients stopped taking Albuterol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 9
Levalbuterol (Xopenex HFA) 8
Ipratropium-Albuterol (Combivent) 7
Fluticasone-Salmeterol (Advair Diskus) 3
Ipratropium (Ipratropium Inhalant) 3

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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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