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Albuterol solution is prescribed for the treatment of airway spasms that can be caused by asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The medication works by opening up the airways and allowing more air to move in and out of the lungs. Albuterol solution comes in a liquid form that is inhaled using a nebulizer. As with any medication, there are potential side effects of albuterol solution, such as shakiness, dizziness, and worsening of asthma symptoms.

What Is Albuterol Solution?

Albuterol solution is a prescription medication used to treat airway spasms (called bronchospasms). Bronchospasms are most common in people with asthma, but can also occur in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Albuterol solution is used in a nebulizer, a device that changes liquid medications into fine droplets that are inhaled into the lungs.
 
(Click Albuterol Solution Uses for more information on what albuterol solution is used for, including possible off-label uses.)
 

Different Albuterol Solutions

There are several different albuterol solutions. These albuterol solutions include:
 
  • Albuterol 0.083 percent (2.5 mg per 3 mL) single-use vials
  • Albuterol 0.021 percent (0.63 mg per 3 mL) single-use vials (Accuneb®)
  • Albuterol 0.042 percent (1.25 mg per 3 mL single-use vials (Accuneb)
  • Albuterol 0.5 percent (5 mg per mL) multi-use vials (Proventil®).
     
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