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 1,279 588
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 438 246
Bronchitis 116 53
Cystic fibrosis 111 25
Shortness of breath (dyspnea) 83 41

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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 37
Moderate 117
Mild 292
None 561

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Albuterol

Side effect Patients
Jittery feeling 68
Shakiness 66
Tachycardia (fast heart rate) 65
Heart palpitations 23
Shaky hands 16
Dry mouth 13

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Albuterol

Dosage Patients
90mcg/puff as needed 85
90mcg/inh as needed 59
2 90mcg/puff as needed 44
2 90mcg/inh as needed 30
CFCfree90mcg/inh as needed 23
2 CFCfree90mcg/inh as needed 20
90 mcg twice daily 16
90 mcg four times daily 16
180 mcg twice daily 12
90 mcg daily 11

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Why patients stopped taking Albuterol

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Reason Patients
Other 91
Doctor's advice 65
Course of treatment ended 64
Did not seem to work 60
Side effects too severe 44
Change in health plan coverage 18
Expense 14
Personal research 5
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Duration

Currently taking Albuterol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 3
1 - 6 months 30
6 months - 1 year 37
1 - 2 years 31
2 - 5 years 91
5 - 10 years 100
10 years or more 203

Stopped taking Albuterol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 56
1 - 6 months 54
6 months - 1 year 31
1 - 2 years 37
2 - 5 years 54
5 - 10 years 29
10 years or more 56
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 497
Usually 272
Sometimes 202
Never taken as prescribed 36
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 29
Somewhat hard to take 98
A little hard to take 219
Not at all hard to take 661
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 3
$100-199 3
$50-99 40
$25-49 64
< $25 457
Not specified 440

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Albuterol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 13
Ipratropium-Albuterol (Combivent) 9
Budesonide (Pulmicort) 5
Prednisone (Deltasone) 5
Fluticasone-Salmeterol (Advair Diskus) 4

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Patients stopped taking Albuterol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Levalbuterol (Xopenex HFA) 12
Albuterol (Albuterol Inhaler) 11
Ipratropium-Albuterol (Combivent) 10
Fluticasone-Salmeterol (Advair Diskus) 5
Ipratropium (Ipratropium Inhalant) 4

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67 patient evaluations for Albuterol

Aug 13, 2018 (Started Mar 10, 2013)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks

Jun 4, 2018 (Started Jul 01, 1998)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Usually
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I have a prescription with instructions to take 2 puffs every 4 hours while awake. I did have Advair also. Unfortunately I can't seem to inhale all of the medication, so stopped using it. So far, so good.

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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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