Albuterol is one of a group of medicines called Adrenergic Bronchodilators, and is breathed in through the mouth to open up the air passages of the lungs. Albuterol is used to treat the symptoms of asthma, chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and other lung diseases.
Be sure to tell your doctor of any allergies you have whether it is to medication or food, preservatives, or dyes. Also, tell your doctor of any other medications you are taking, including vitamins and supplements, and any medical conditions you may have.
Avoid tobacco products when taking this medicine.
It is very important that you take this medicine exactly as your doctor tells you to. Do not take more or less medicine than directed, and never stop taking Albuterol without discussing it with your doctor first.
If you miss a dose of this medicine, take it as soon as you remember, then space out the remaining doses evenly throughout the day. Do NOT double doses.
Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur: dizziness, severe; feeling of choking, irritation, or swelling in throat; flushing or redness of skin; hives; increased shortness of breath; skin rash; swelling of face, lips, or eyelids; tightness in chest or wheezing, or troubled breathing.
The active component of VENTOLIN Inhalation Aerosol is albuterol, USP, racemic (a1-[(tert-butylamino)methyl]-4-hydroxy-m-xylene-a,a¢-diol) and a relatively selective beta2-adrenergic bronchodilator. Albuterol is the official generic name in the United States. The World Health Organization recommended name for the drug is salbutamol. The molecular weight of albuterol is 239.3, and the empirical formula is C13H21NO3. Albuterol is a white to off-white crystalline solid. It is soluble in ethanol, sparingly soluble in water, and very soluble in chloroform. VENTOLIN Inhalation Aerosol is a pressurized metered-dose aerosol unit for oral inhalation. It contains a microcrystalline (95%<10m ) suspension of albuterol in propellants (trichloromonofluoromethane and dichlorodifluoromethane) with oleic acid. Each actuation delivers 100 mcg of albuterol from the valve and 90 mcg of albuterol from the mouthpiece. Each 6.8-g canister provides 80 inhalations and each 17-g canister provides 200 inhalations.
Albuterol has the following structural formula: