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Although albuterol solution is approved to treat airway spasms due to asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), it can be used off-label to treat high potassium in the blood or difficulty breathing due to respiratory infections (such as pneumonia or the flu). Depending on the particular product, albuterol solution uses are approved for children as young as two years old. Because albuterol solution is inhaled using a nebulizer rather than a traditional inhaler, it is generally easier for young children to use.

What Is Albuterol Solution Used For?

Albuterol solution is a prescription medication used to treat airway spasms (called bronchospasms). These bronchospasms are most common in people with asthma, but can also occur in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) or emphysema. Albuterol solution is used in a nebulizer, a device that changes liquid medications into fine droplets that are inhaled into the lungs.

Albuterol Solution for Bronchospasms Due to Asthma or COPD

Asthma is a chronic disease that affects your airways, which are the tubes that carry air into and out of your lungs. When you have asthma, the inside walls of your airways are inflamed (swollen). The inflammation makes the airways very sensitive, and they tend to react strongly to things that you are allergic to or find irritating. When the airways react, they narrow and reduce the airflow to your lungs. This is called a bronchospasm, and it causes asthma symptoms like wheezing (a whistling sound when you breathe), coughing, tightness in the chest, and trouble breathing.
Although there is no asthma cure, the symptoms of asthma can be controlled. Albuterol is one of the most commonly used medications for asthma treatment. While albuterol is often inhaled using an inhaler, it is generally easier for young children to use a nebulizer.
Asthma is not the only cause of bronchospasms. Albuterol solution can also treat bronchospasms due to other lung problems, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis.
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