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To ensure a safe treatment process, it's important to be aware of the risks associated with albuterol solution. Warnings and precautions include being aware that the medication can make asthma symptoms worse, looking out for certain drug interactions, and understanding possible pregnancy risks. You should not take albuterol solution if you are allergic to any of the ingredients used to make the drug.
Albuterol Solution: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to using albuterol solution if you have:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- A fast heart rate (tachycardia)
- An irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
- Other types of heart disease, including congestive heart failure
- An overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also, let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
Make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
Some Albuterol Solution Warnings and PrecautionsSome warnings and precautions to be aware of with albuterol solution include the following:
- Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are using your albuterol solution more frequently than usual. Asthma symptoms can worsen very quickly and can become a medical emergency.
- Using albuterol solution alone is rarely the best asthma treatment. Your healthcare provider should consider prescribing additional asthma medications.
- Rarely, albuterol solution can cause a worsening of bronchospasms (spasms of the airways), which is exactly the opposite of what should happen. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if albuterol solution makes your asthma worse.
- Albuterol solution can have a stimulatory effect on the heart and blood pressure. This may result in a fast heart rate (tachycardia), high blood pressure (hypertension), and an irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia) -- although low blood pressure (hypotension) is also possible. If you have heart disease or high blood pressure, make sure your healthcare provider is aware of it. He or she may wish to use particular caution if he or she recommends albuterol solution in your case.
- People with an overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), diabetes, or epilepsy should use caution when using albuterol solution, as albuterol may worsen these conditions or increase the risk of side effects.
- Do not puncture the albuterol solution canister or keep it near an open flame, as the contents are under pressure.
- Albuterol solution can interact with other medications (see Albuterol Drug Interactions).
- Albuterol solution is considered a pregnancy Category C medication. This means that albuterol solution may not be safe to use during pregnancy. Talk to your healthcare provider about the risks and benefits of using albuterol solution during pregnancy (see Albuterol and Pregnancy for more information).
- It is not known if inhaled albuterol passes through breast milk. Therefore, if you are breastfeeding or plan to start breastfeeding, be sure to talk with your healthcare provider about using albuterol solution (see Albuterol and Breastfeeding for more information).