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ALBUTEROL (al BYOO ter ole) is a bronchodilator. Bronchospasm is when you have trouble breathing and make loud or whistling sounds when you breathe. This drug opens the airways in the lungs so it is easier to breathe.
This medicine is inhaled through the mouth. Take it as directed on the prescription label. Do not use it more often than directed.
This medicine comes with INSTRUCTIONS FOR USE. Ask your pharmacist for directions on how to use this medicine. Read the information carefully. Talk to your pharmacist or health care provider if you have questions.
Talk to your health care provider about the use of this medicine in children. While it may be given to children as young as 4 for selected conditions, precautions do apply.
Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:
Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):
Keep out of the reach of children and pets.
Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). Keep inhaler away from extreme heat, cold or humidity. Throw away 13 months after removing it from the foil pouch, when the dose counter reads "0" or after the expiration date, whichever is first.
They need to know if you have any of these conditions:
If you take this medicine on a regular basis, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.
Visit your health care provider for regular checks on your progress. Tell your health care provider if your symptoms do not start to get better or if they get worse.
If your symptoms get worse or if you are using this medicine more than normal, call your health care provider right away.
Do not treat yourself for coughs, colds or allergies without asking your health care provider for advice. Some nonprescription medicine can affect this one.
You and your health care provider should develop an Asthma Action Plan that is just for you. Be sure to know what to do if you are in the yellow (asthma is getting worse) or red (medical alert) zones.
Your mouth may get dry. Chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy and drinking plenty of water may help. Contact your health care provider if the problem does not go away or is severe.
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