What is Salbutamol?

Category: Prescription Drugs

Most popular types: Ventolin Evohaler Salamol inhaler

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Generic name: Albuterol

See also: Broncofar Plus Jarabe

Salbutamol 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 US generic name is albuterol.

Reported purpose & perceived effectiveness
Purpose Patients Evaluations Perceived Effectiveness
Asthma 99 30
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease 17 9
Cystic fibrosis 9 2
Bronchitis 5 2
Breathing difficulty 4 1

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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 3
Moderate 4
Mild 14
None 38

Commonly reported side effects and conditions associated with Salbutamol

Side effect Patients
Heart palpitations 2
Shakiness 2
Bipolar manic episodes 1
Dizzy spells 1
Dry mouth 1
Jittery feeling 1

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Dosages

Based on patients currently taking Salbutamol

Dosage Patients
2other as needed 5
90mcg/puff as needed 5
180 mcg twice daily 3
100mcg as needed 3
200mcg as needed 3
2 90mcg/inh as needed 3
2.5 mg twice daily 1
20 mcg daily 1
180 mcg daily 1
90 mcg four times daily 1

See all 22 dosages

Why patients stopped taking Salbutamol

Multiple reasons could be selected

Reason Patients
Course of treatment ended 6
Doctor's advice 6
Other 5
Did not seem to work 2
Change in health plan coverage 1
See all 18 patients who've stopped taking Salbutamol

Duration

Currently taking Salbutamol

Duration Patients
1 - 2 years 2
2 - 5 years 9
5 - 10 years 9
10 years or more 19

Stopped taking Salbutamol

Duration Patients
Less than 1 month 6
1 - 6 months 2
6 months - 1 year 2
1 - 2 years 4
5 - 10 years 2
10 years or more 2
Adherence
Adherence Evaluations
Always 38
Usually 12
Sometimes 3
Never taken as prescribed 6
Burden
Burden Evaluations
Very hard to take 2
Somewhat hard to take 7
A little hard to take 10
Not at all hard to take 40
Cost per month
Cost per month Evaluations
$200+ 0
$100-199 1
$50-99 0
$25-49 3
< $25 20
Not specified 35

What people switch to and from

Patients started taking Salbutamol after stopping:

Treatment Patients
Alupent 1
Prednisone (Deltasone) 1
Terbutaline (Bricanyl) 1

Patients stopped taking Salbutamol and switched to:

Treatment Patients
Fluticasone nasal spray (Flonase Nasal Spray) 1
Formoterol (Foradil Aerolizer) 1
Ipratropium-Albuterol (Combivent) 1
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3 patient evaluations for Salbutamol

Jul 15, 2014 (Started Jul 15, 2014)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for breathing difficulty)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    A little hard to take
Dosage: As needed

  • 0 helpful marks

Jul 17, 2012 (Started Nov 17, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Major (for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (trembling)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I have to use a volumatic spacer to enable me to take this medication as I am unable to use the inhaler on a one puff basis.
Cost: < $25 monthly

Jun 6, 2012 (Started Nov 17, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Slight (for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis)
  • Side effects
    Mild (trembling)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: possibilty of adding a steriod inhaler to ease symptoms query this next time I see the doctor.
Cost: < $25 monthly

May 2, 2012 (Started Nov 17, 2011)

  • Effectiveness
    Moderate (for idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis)
  • Side effects
    Moderate (trembling)
  • Adherence
    Always
  • Burden
    Somewhat hard to take
Dosage: As needed
Advice & Tips: I take this drug using a spacer device which helps to absord the drug more in my lungs and alvioli.
Cost: < $25 monthly

  • 0 helpful marks

Mar 18, 2011 (Started Oct 05, 2010)

  • Effectiveness
    None (for asthma)
  • Side effects
    None
  • Adherence
    Never taken as prescribed
  • Burden
    Not at all hard to take
Dosage: 100 mcg Daily

  • 0 helpful marks
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