Ventolin (Albuterol)


Ventolin is used to treat symptoms of asthma including preventing wheezing, chest tightness, and difficulty breathing. It is also used in treating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Ventolin is used to relax air passages to the lings to make breathing easier. Albuterol comes as a tablet, syrup, and a long lasting tablet by mouth. Most methods of taking albuterol are through taking it three to four times a day.
Follow the prescription directions exactly, or follow the instructions your doctor has given you. Your doctor may start you on a low dosage and gradually increase it to find the correct dosage for your situation. Albuterol will not cure your issues, but it will relieve symptoms. Keep taking Ventolin even if you feel well. Talk to you doctor before you stop taking Ventolin. Your doctor will probably gradually decrease your dosage. Call your doctor immediately if your symptoms are not relived or they get worse. Albuterol side effects include:
o nervousness
o shakiness
o dizziness
o headache
o uncontrollable shaking of a part of the body
o muscle cramps
o excessive motion or activity
o sudden changes in mood
o nosebleed
o nausea
o increased or decreased appetite
o difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep
o pale skin.
Contact your doctor immediately if these symptoms get worse or do not stop after taking Ventolin. Some side effects can be serious and should be evaluated by your doctor. If you experience any of these side effects call your doctor immediately:
o fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
o chest pain
o fever
o blisters or rash
o hives
o itching
o swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
o increased difficulty breathing
o difficulty swallowing
o hoarseness
Ventolin may cause other side effects besides these ones. If you experience any other side effects call your doctor immediately or report them to the Food and Drug Administration (FDA).
If you forget a dose of Ventolin take it as soon as you remember. Do not take Ventolin if you are allergic to albuterol or have had bad experiences with it in the past. Talk to you doctor if you are taking other medication, as these medications could have adverse effects when mixed with albuterol. If you are pregnant or nursing talk to your doctor before you start taking Ventolin.
Be sure not to overdose on Ventolin, if overdose occurs contact your local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. If the victim has collapsed or has stopped breathing contact emergency personnel immediately, this can be done by calling 911.


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