Treating breathing problems in patients who have asthma or certain other airway diseases. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor. Salbutamol is a sympathomimetic (beta agonist) bronchodilator. It works by relaxing the smooth muscle in the airway, which allows air to flow in and out of the lungs more easily. Do NOT use Salbutamol if:
Some medical conditions may interact with Salbutamol usage so please pay good attention especially if any of the following apply to you:
Diuretics (eg, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide) because the risk of low blood potassium levels may be increased, catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) inhibitors (eg, entacapone), epinephrine, MAOIs (eg, phenelzine), short-acting sympathomimetic bronchodilators (eg, metaproterenol), stimulants (eg, amphetamine), sympathomimetics (eg, pseudoephedrine), or tricyclic antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline) because they may increase the risk of Salbutamol's side effects. Beta-blockers (eg, propranolol) because they may decrease Salbutamol's effectiveness, digoxin because its effectiveness may be decreased by Salbutamol. This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Salbutamol may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.
Salbutamol may cause dizziness. These effects may be worse if you take it with alcohol or certain medicines. Use Salbutamol with caution. Do not drive or perform other possibly unsafe tasks until you know how you react to it. If your usual dose does not work well, your symptoms become worse, or you need to use it more often than normal, contact your doctor at once. This may be a sign of seriously worsening asthma. Your doctor may need to change your dose or medicine. Salbutamol should work for up to 8 hours or longer. Do NOT use more than the recommended dose or use more often than prescribed without checking with your doctor. The risk of severe heart problems and sometimes death may be increased with overuse of Salbutamol. Tell your doctor or dentist that you take Salbutamol before you receive any medical or dental care, emergency care, or surgery. Check with your doctor before using any other asthma medicines, including inhaled medicines, while you are using Salbutamol. Diabetes patients - Salbutamol may affect your blood sugar. Check blood sugar levels closely. Ask your doctor before you change the dose of your diabetes medicine. When your medicine supply begins to run low, call your doctor or pharmacy as soon as possible for a refill. Use Salbutamol with caution in the ELDERLY; they may be more sensitive to its effects. Salbutamol should be used with extreme caution in CHILDREN younger than 6 years old; safety and effectiveness in these children have not been confirmed. Caution is advised when using Salbutamol in CHILDREN; they may be more sensitive to its effects. Possible side effects of Salbutamol:
This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.