What is this medication for?
Albuterol inhalation solution belongs to the family of medications known as short-acting bronchodilators. It is used to relieve the symptoms of asthma in patients 2 to 12 years of age. It works by opening the airways to make it easier to breathe.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here. If you are not sure why you are taking this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop taking this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to take this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
Albuterol Sulfate by Ivax is no longer being manufactured for sale in the USA.
Some medications may have other generic brands available. Always ask your doctor or pharmacist about the safety of switching between brands of the same medication.
How should I use this medication?
solution should be administered and inhaled from suitable nebulizers (machines that create the inhalation mist). The dose is individualized and based on the needs and age of the person using the medication. It is usually inhaled 3 to 4 times daily as needed to control asthma symptoms.
The nebulizer chamber should be cleaned after each use. Wash the nebulizer chamber and mouthpiece or face mask in hot tap water using a mild detergent. Rinse it well and dry it by connecting the nebulizer chamber to the compressor or air inlet. Read the nebulizer instructions carefully.
To ensure the proper dosage and administration of the drug, be sure to get instructions from a doctor, pharmacist, or other health professional on the use of albuterol inhalation solution and the nebulizing equipment.
Many things can affect the dose of medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are taking the medication without consulting your doctor.
It is important to take this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you miss a dose, take it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not take a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature, protect it from light, and keep it out of the reach of children.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use albuterol inhalation solution if you are allergic to albuterol or to any ingredients of the medication.