Generic Name: Albuterol Sulfate Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available. Avability: Rx Pregnancy Category: C

Uses

What is Albuterol Sulfate used for?

Albuterol Sulfate is used to treat wheezing and shortness of breath caused by breathing problems (e.g., asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). Albuterol belongs to a class of drugs known as bronchodilators. It works in the airways by opening breathing passages and relaxing muscles. Controlling symptoms of breathing problems can decrease time lost from work or school.

How should I take Albuterol Sulfate?

Take this medication as directed by your doctor. Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it. To help you remember, take it at the same times each day. Do not increase your dose or take this drug more often than prescribed because your risk of serious side effects will increase.

How do I store Albuterol Sulfate?

Albuterol Sulfate is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Albuterol Sulfate in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Albuterol Sulfate that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Albuterol Sulfate down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Albuterol Sulfate?

Before taking albuterol, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or if you have had a serious reaction to similar drugs (such as levalbuterol, metaproterenol, terbutaline); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.

Before using this medication, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: heart problems (e.g., irregular heartbeat, angina, heart attack), high blood pressure, diabetes, low levels of potassium in the blood, seizure.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are taking this medication.

Caution is advised when using this drug in older adults since they may be more sensitive to its effects, especially the effects on the heart.

During pregnancy, this medication should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.

It is not known whether this drug passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breast-feeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using this Albuterol Sulfate during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Albuterol Sulfate. Albuterol Sulfate is pregnancy risk category C according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk,
  • B=No risk in some studies,
  • C=There may be some risk,
  • D=Positive evidence of risk,
  • X=Contraindicated,
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Albuterol Sulfate?

Nervousness, shaking (tremor), headache, trouble sleeping, dizziness, or nausea may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.

Remember that your doctor has prescribed this medication because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using this medication do not have serious side effects.

This medication may raise your blood pressure. Check your blood pressure regularly and tell your doctor if the results are high.

Tell your doctor right away if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: fast/pounding heartbeat.

Seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: chest pain, irregular heartbeat.

Rarely, this medication has caused severe (rarely fatal), sudden worsening of breathing problems/asthma (paradoxical bronchospasm). If you experience sudden wheezing, seek immediate medical attention.

A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.

Not everyone experiences these side effects. There may be some side effects not listed above. If you have any concerns about a side-effect, please consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Interactions

What drugs may interact with Albuterol Sulfate?

Albuterol Sulfate may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Albuterol Sulfate?

Albuterol Sulfate may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

This drug may make you dizzy. Alcohol or marijuana can make you more dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana.

What health conditions may interact with Albuterol Sulfate?

Albuterol Sulfate may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Dosage

The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using this Albuterol Sulfate.

What is the dose of Albuterol Sulfate for an adult?

Usual Adult Dose for Asthma – Acute

Intravenous infusion solution:

-Dilute 5 mL of this drug (1000 mcg/mL) in 500 mL of Sodium Chloride Injection, or Sodium Chloride and Dextrose.

-Infusion rates can be started at 5 mcg/min, and can be increased to 10 mcg/min and 20 mcg/min at 15 at 30 minute intervals, if necessary.

Nebulizer inhalation solution:

-2.5 mg three or four times a day by nebulization, over approximately 5 to 15 minutes.

Uses:

-Relief of severe bronchospasm associated with acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis and bronchial asthma, and acute attack of bronchospasm

-Treatment of status asthmaticus

Usual Adult Dose for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – Acute

Intravenous infusion solution:

-Dilute 5 mL of this drug (1000 mcg/mL) in 500 mL of Sodium Chloride Injection, or Sodium Chloride and Dextrose.

-Infusion rates can be started at 5 mcg/min, and can be increased to 10 mcg/min and 20 mcg/min at 15 at 30 minute intervals, if necessary.

Nebulizer inhalation solution:

-2.5 mg three or four times a day by nebulization, over approximately 5 to 15 minutes.

Uses:

-Relief of severe bronchospasm associated with acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis and bronchial asthma, and acute attack of bronchospasm

-Treatment of status asthmaticus

Usual Adult Dose for Bronchitis

Intravenous infusion solution:

-Dilute 5 mL of this drug (1000 mcg/mL) in 500 mL of Sodium Chloride Injection, or Sodium Chloride and Dextrose.

-Infusion rates can be started at 5 mcg/min, and can be increased to 10 mcg/min and 20 mcg/min at 15 at 30 minute intervals, if necessary.

Nebulizer inhalation solution:

-2.5 mg three or four times a day by nebulization, over approximately 5 to 15 minutes.

Uses:

-Relief of severe bronchospasm associated with acute exacerbations of chronic bronchitis and bronchial asthma, and acute attack of bronchospasm

-Treatment of status asthmaticus

Usual Adult Dose for Bronchospasm Prophylaxis

Inhalation powder: 2 inhalations (180 mcg) orally 15 to 30 minutes before exercise

Inhalation capsule: 1 inhalation (200 mcg) 15 minutes before exercise

Uses: Prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm

Usual Adult Dose for Asthma – Maintenance

Inhalation powder:

-1 or 2 inhalations (90 to 180 mcg) orally every 4 to 6 hours

Inhalation capsules:

-1 inhalation (200 mcg) orally every 4 to 6 hours

-Maximum dose: 4 inhalations (800 mcg) per day

Nebulizer inhalation solution:

-2.5 mg three or four times a day by nebulization, over approximately 5 to 15 minutes

Oral tablets:

Immediate-release tablets:

-Initial dose: 2 mg or 4 mg orally three or four times a day. Dosage may be cautiously increased stepwise up to a maximum of 8 mg four times a day as tolerated (maximum of 32 mg/day).

-Elderly patients and those sensitive to beta-adrenergic stimulators: The initial dosage should be restricted to 2 mg three or four times a day; dosage may be gradually increased up to 8 mg three or four times a day.

Extended-release tablets:

-Initial dose: 4 mg or 8 mg orally every 12 hours. Dosage may be cautiously increased stepwise under the control of the supervising physician to a maximum 32 mg/day in divided doses (e.g., every 12 hours). In unusual circumstances, such as adults of low body weight, use a starting dosage of 4 mg every 12 hours and progress to 8 mg every 12 hours according to response.

Oral syrup:

-Initial dose: 2 mg or 4 mg orally three or four times a day. Dosage may be cautiously increased stepwise up to a maximum of 8 mg four times a day as tolerated.

-Elderly patients and those sensitive to beta-adrenergic stimulators: The initial dosage should be restricted to 2 mg three or four times a day and individually adjusted thereafter.

Uses:

-Treatment or prevention of bronchospasm due to bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis and other chronic bronchopulmonary disorders in which bronchospasm is a complicating factor

-Relief of bronchospasm in patients with reversible obstructive airway disease

Usual Adult Dose for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – Maintenance

Inhalation powder:

-1 or 2 inhalations (90 to 180 mcg) orally every 4 to 6 hours

Inhalation capsules:

-1 inhalation (200 mcg) orally every 4 to 6 hours

-Maximum dose: 4 inhalations (800 mcg) per day

Nebulizer inhalation solution:

-2.5 mg three or four times a day by nebulization, over approximately 5 to 15 minutes

Oral tablets:

Immediate-release tablets:

-Initial dose: 2 mg or 4 mg orally three or four times a day. Dosage may be cautiously increased stepwise up to a maximum of 8 mg four times a day as tolerated (maximum of 32 mg/day).

-Elderly patients and those sensitive to beta-adrenergic stimulators: The initial dosage should be restricted to 2 mg three or four times a day; dosage may be gradually increased up to 8 mg three or four times a day.

Extended-release tablets:

-Initial dose: 4 mg or 8 mg orally every 12 hours. Dosage may be cautiously increased stepwise under the control of the supervising physician to a maximum 32 mg/day in divided doses (e.g., every 12 hours). In unusual circumstances, such as adults of low body weight, use a starting dosage of 4 mg every 12 hours and progress to 8 mg every 12 hours according to response.

Oral syrup:

-Initial dose: 2 mg or 4 mg orally three or four times a day. Dosage may be cautiously increased stepwise up to a maximum of 8 mg four times a day as tolerated.

-Elderly patients and those sensitive to beta-adrenergic stimulators: The initial dosage should be restricted to 2 mg three or four times a day and individually adjusted thereafter.

Uses:

-Treatment or prevention of bronchospasm due to bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis and other chronic bronchopulmonary disorders in which bronchospasm is a complicating factor

-Relief of bronchospasm in patients with reversible obstructive airway disease

Usual Adult Dose for Reversible Airways Disease – Maintenance

Inhalation powder:

-1 or 2 inhalations (90 to 180 mcg) orally every 4 to 6 hours

Inhalation capsules:

-1 inhalation (200 mcg) orally every 4 to 6 hours

-Maximum dose: 4 inhalations (800 mcg) per day

Nebulizer inhalation solution:

-2.5 mg three or four times a day by nebulization, over approximately 5 to 15 minutes

Oral tablets:

Immediate-release tablets:

-Initial dose: 2 mg or 4 mg orally three or four times a day. Dosage may be cautiously increased stepwise up to a maximum of 8 mg four times a day as tolerated (maximum of 32 mg/day).

-Elderly patients and those sensitive to beta-adrenergic stimulators: The initial dosage should be restricted to 2 mg three or four times a day; dosage may be gradually increased up to 8 mg three or four times a day.

Extended-release tablets:

-Initial dose: 4 mg or 8 mg orally every 12 hours. Dosage may be cautiously increased stepwise under the control of the supervising physician to a maximum 32 mg/day in divided doses (e.g., every 12 hours). In unusual circumstances, such as adults of low body weight, use a starting dosage of 4 mg every 12 hours and progress to 8 mg every 12 hours according to response.

Oral syrup:

-Initial dose: 2 mg or 4 mg orally three or four times a day. Dosage may be cautiously increased stepwise up to a maximum of 8 mg four times a day as tolerated.

-Elderly patients and those sensitive to beta-adrenergic stimulators: The initial dosage should be restricted to 2 mg three or four times a day and individually adjusted thereafter.

Uses:

-Treatment or prevention of bronchospasm due to bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis and other chronic bronchopulmonary disorders in which bronchospasm is a complicating factor

-Relief of bronchospasm in patients with reversible obstructive airway disease

What is the dose of Albuterol Sulfate for a child?

Usual Pediatric Dose for Asthma – Acute

Inhalation powder and capsules:

Less than 4 years: Not indicated

4 years or older:

-Inhalation powder: 1 or 2 inhalations (90 or 180 mcg) orally every 4 to 6 hours

-Inhalation capsules:1 inhalation (200 mcg) orally every 4 to 6 hours. The total daily dose should not exceed 4 inhalations (800 mcg).

Nebulizer inhalation solution:

Less than 2 years: Not indicated

2 to 12 years:

-Less than 15 kg: 0.1 to 0.15 mg/kg/dose (one 3 mL unit-dose vial of 1.25 mg or 0.63 mg inhalation solution) by nebulization. The appropriate volume of the 0.5% inhalation solution should be diluted in sterile normal saline solution to a total of 3 mL prior administration. Dosing should not exceed 2.5 mg three to four times daily.

-15 kg or more: 2.5 mg (one 3 mL unit-dose vial of 0.0083%) three or four times a day by nebulization, over approximately 5 to 15 minutes. The 0.5% inhalation solution should be diluted with 2.5 mL of sterile normal saline solution

13 years or older:

-Inhalation solution 0.5% (5 mg/mL): 2.5 mg (0.5 mL diluted with 2.5 mL of sterile saline solution) three or four times a day by nebulization, over approximately 5 to 15 minutes

Use: Relief of bronchospasm in patients with reversible obstructive airway disease and acute attacks of bronchospasm

Usual Pediatric Dose for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – Acute

Inhalation powder and capsules:

Less than 4 years: Not indicated

4 years or older:

-Inhalation powder: 1 or 2 inhalations (90 or 180 mcg) orally every 4 to 6 hours

-Inhalation capsules:1 inhalation (200 mcg) orally every 4 to 6 hours. The total daily dose should not exceed 4 inhalations (800 mcg).

Nebulizer inhalation solution:

Less than 2 years: Not indicated

2 to 12 years:

-Less than 15 kg: 0.1 to 0.15 mg/kg/dose (one 3 mL unit-dose vial of 1.25 mg or 0.63 mg inhalation solution) by nebulization. The appropriate volume of the 0.5% inhalation solution should be diluted in sterile normal saline solution to a total of 3 mL prior administration. Dosing should not exceed 2.5 mg three to four times daily.

-15 kg or more: 2.5 mg (one 3 mL unit-dose vial of 0.0083%) three or four times a day by nebulization, over approximately 5 to 15 minutes. The 0.5% inhalation solution should be diluted with 2.5 mL of sterile normal saline solution

13 years or older:

-Inhalation solution 0.5% (5 mg/mL): 2.5 mg (0.5 mL diluted with 2.5 mL of sterile saline solution) three or four times a day by nebulization, over approximately 5 to 15 minutes

Use: Relief of bronchospasm in patients with reversible obstructive airway disease and acute attacks of bronchospasm

Usual Pediatric Dose for Bronchitis

Inhalation powder and capsules:

Less than 4 years: Not indicated

4 years or older:

-Inhalation powder: 1 or 2 inhalations (90 or 180 mcg) orally every 4 to 6 hours

-Inhalation capsules:1 inhalation (200 mcg) orally every 4 to 6 hours. The total daily dose should not exceed 4 inhalations (800 mcg).

Nebulizer inhalation solution:

Less than 2 years: Not indicated

2 to 12 years:

-Less than 15 kg: 0.1 to 0.15 mg/kg/dose (one 3 mL unit-dose vial of 1.25 mg or 0.63 mg inhalation solution) by nebulization. The appropriate volume of the 0.5% inhalation solution should be diluted in sterile normal saline solution to a total of 3 mL prior administration. Dosing should not exceed 2.5 mg three to four times daily.

-15 kg or more: 2.5 mg (one 3 mL unit-dose vial of 0.0083%) three or four times a day by nebulization, over approximately 5 to 15 minutes. The 0.5% inhalation solution should be diluted with 2.5 mL of sterile normal saline solution

13 years or older:

-Inhalation solution 0.5% (5 mg/mL): 2.5 mg (0.5 mL diluted with 2.5 mL of sterile saline solution) three or four times a day by nebulization, over approximately 5 to 15 minutes

Use: Relief of bronchospasm in patients with reversible obstructive airway disease and acute attacks of bronchospasm

Usual Pediatric Dose for Bronchospasm Prophylaxis

Less than 4 years: Not indicated

4 years or older:

-Inhalation powder: 2 inhalations (180 mcg) orally 15 to 30 minutes before exercise

-Inhalation capsule: 1 inhalation (200 mcg) 15 minutes before exercise

Uses: Prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm

Usual Pediatric Dose for Asthma – Maintenance

Inhalation powder and capsules:

Less than 4 years: Not indicated

4 years or older:

-Inhalation powder: 1 or 2 inhalations (90 or 180 mcg) orally every 4 to 6 hours

-Inhalation capsules:1 inhalation (200 mcg) orally every 4 to 6 hours. The total daily dose should not exceed 4 inhalations (800 mcg).

Nebulizer inhalation solution:

Less than 2 years: Not indicated

2 to 12 years:

-Less than 15 kg: 0.1 to 0.15 mg/kg/dose (one 3 mL unit-dose vial of 1.25 mg or 0.63 mg inhalation solution) by nebulization. The appropriate volume of the 0.5% inhalation solution should be diluted in sterile normal saline solution to a total of 3 mL prior administration. Dosing should not exceed 2.5 mg three to four times daily.

-15 kg or more: 2.5 mg (one 3 mL unit-dose vial of 0.0083%) three or four times a day by nebulization, over approximately 5 to 15 minutes. The 0.5% inhalation solution should be diluted with 2.5 mL of sterile normal saline solution

13 years or older:

-Inhalation solution 0.5% (5 mg/mL): 2.5 mg (0.5 mL diluted with 2.5 mL of sterile saline solution) three or four times a day by nebulization, over approximately 5 to 15 minutes.

Oral Tablets:

Less than 6 years: Not indicated

6 to 12 years:

-Immediate-release tablets: Initial dose: 2 mg orally three or four times a day. Dosage may be cautiously increased stepwise, but not to exceed 24 mg/day (given in divided doses).

-Extended-release tablets: Initial dose: 4 mg orally every 12 hours. Dosage may be cautiously increased stepwise under the control of the supervising physician to a maximum 24 mg/day in divided doses (e.g., every 12 hours).

13 years or older:

-Immediate-release tablets: Initial dose: 2 mg or 4 mg orally three or four times a day. Dosage may be cautiously increased stepwise up to a maximum of 8 mg four times a day as tolerated (maximum of 32 mg/day).

-Extended-release tablets: Initial dose: 4 mg or 8 mg orally every 12 hours. Dosage may be cautiously increased stepwise under the control of the supervising physician to a maximum 32 mg/day in divided doses (e.g., every 12 hours).

Oral syrup:

-Less than 2 years: Not indicated

-2 to 5 years: Initial dose: 0.1 mg/kg (do not exceed 2 mg) orally three times a day. Dosage may be increased stepwise to 0.2 mg/kg three times a day. A maximum dose of 4 mg three times a day should not be exceeded.

-6 to 14 years: Initial dose: 2 mg orally three or four times a day. Dosage may be cautiously increased stepwise, but not exceed 24 mg/day (in divided doses).

-15 years or older: Initial dose: 2 mg or 4 mg orally three or four times a day. Dosage may be cautiously increased stepwise up to a maximum of 8 mg four times a day as tolerated.

Uses: Treatment or prevention of bronchospasm due to bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis and other chronic bronchopulmonary disorders in which bronchospasm is a complicating factor

Usual Pediatric Dose for Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease – Maintenance

Inhalation powder and capsules:

Less than 4 years: Not indicated

4 years or older:

-Inhalation powder: 1 or 2 inhalations (90 or 180 mcg) orally every 4 to 6 hours

-Inhalation capsules:1 inhalation (200 mcg) orally every 4 to 6 hours. The total daily dose should not exceed 4 inhalations (800 mcg).

Nebulizer inhalation solution:

Less than 2 years: Not indicated

2 to 12 years:

-Less than 15 kg: 0.1 to 0.15 mg/kg/dose (one 3 mL unit-dose vial of 1.25 mg or 0.63 mg inhalation solution) by nebulization. The appropriate volume of the 0.5% inhalation solution should be diluted in sterile normal saline solution to a total of 3 mL prior administration. Dosing should not exceed 2.5 mg three to four times daily.

-15 kg or more: 2.5 mg (one 3 mL unit-dose vial of 0.0083%) three or four times a day by nebulization, over approximately 5 to 15 minutes. The 0.5% inhalation solution should be diluted with 2.5 mL of sterile normal saline solution

13 years or older:

-Inhalation solution 0.5% (5 mg/mL): 2.5 mg (0.5 mL diluted with 2.5 mL of sterile saline solution) three or four times a day by nebulization, over approximately 5 to 15 minutes.

Oral Tablets:

Less than 6 years: Not indicated

6 to 12 years:

-Immediate-release tablets: Initial dose: 2 mg orally three or four times a day. Dosage may be cautiously increased stepwise, but not to exceed 24 mg/day (given in divided doses).

-Extended-release tablets: Initial dose: 4 mg orally every 12 hours. Dosage may be cautiously increased stepwise under the control of the supervising physician to a maximum 24 mg/day in divided doses (e.g., every 12 hours).

13 years or older:

-Immediate-release tablets: Initial dose: 2 mg or 4 mg orally three or four times a day. Dosage may be cautiously increased stepwise up to a maximum of 8 mg four times a day as tolerated (maximum of 32 mg/day).

-Extended-release tablets: Initial dose: 4 mg or 8 mg orally every 12 hours. Dosage may be cautiously increased stepwise under the control of the supervising physician to a maximum 32 mg/day in divided doses (e.g., every 12 hours).

Oral syrup:

-Less than 2 years: Not indicated

-2 to 5 years: Initial dose: 0.1 mg/kg (do not exceed 2 mg) orally three times a day. Dosage may be increased stepwise to 0.2 mg/kg three times a day. A maximum dose of 4 mg three times a day should not be exceeded.

-6 to 14 years: Initial dose: 2 mg orally three or four times a day. Dosage may be cautiously increased stepwise, but not exceed 24 mg/day (in divided doses).

-15 years or older: Initial dose: 2 mg or 4 mg orally three or four times a day. Dosage may be cautiously increased stepwise up to a maximum of 8 mg four times a day as tolerated.

Uses: Treatment or prevention of bronchospasm due to bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis and other chronic bronchopulmonary disorders in which bronchospasm is a complicating factor

Usual Pediatric Dose for Reversible Airways Disease – Maintenance

Inhalation powder and capsules:

Less than 4 years: Not indicated

4 years or older:

-Inhalation powder: 1 or 2 inhalations (90 or 180 mcg) orally every 4 to 6 hours

-Inhalation capsules:1 inhalation (200 mcg) orally every 4 to 6 hours. The total daily dose should not exceed 4 inhalations (800 mcg).

Nebulizer inhalation solution:

Less than 2 years: Not indicated

2 to 12 years:

-Less than 15 kg: 0.1 to 0.15 mg/kg/dose (one 3 mL unit-dose vial of 1.25 mg or 0.63 mg inhalation solution) by nebulization. The appropriate volume of the 0.5% inhalation solution should be diluted in sterile normal saline solution to a total of 3 mL prior administration. Dosing should not exceed 2.5 mg three to four times daily.

-15 kg or more: 2.5 mg (one 3 mL unit-dose vial of 0.0083%) three or four times a day by nebulization, over approximately 5 to 15 minutes. The 0.5% inhalation solution should be diluted with 2.5 mL of sterile normal saline solution

13 years or older:

-Inhalation solution 0.5% (5 mg/mL): 2.5 mg (0.5 mL diluted with 2.5 mL of sterile saline solution) three or four times a day by nebulization, over approximately 5 to 15 minutes.

Oral Tablets:

Less than 6 years: Not indicated

6 to 12 years:

-Immediate-release tablets: Initial dose: 2 mg orally three or four times a day. Dosage may be cautiously increased stepwise, but not to exceed 24 mg/day (given in divided doses).

-Extended-release tablets: Initial dose: 4 mg orally every 12 hours. Dosage may be cautiously increased stepwise under the control of the supervising physician to a maximum 24 mg/day in divided doses (e.g., every 12 hours).

13 years or older:

-Immediate-release tablets: Initial dose: 2 mg or 4 mg orally three or four times a day. Dosage may be cautiously increased stepwise up to a maximum of 8 mg four times a day as tolerated (maximum of 32 mg/day).

-Extended-release tablets: Initial dose: 4 mg or 8 mg orally every 12 hours. Dosage may be cautiously increased stepwise under the control of the supervising physician to a maximum 32 mg/day in divided doses (e.g., every 12 hours).

Oral syrup:

-Less than 2 years: Not indicated

-2 to 5 years: Initial dose: 0.1 mg/kg (do not exceed 2 mg) orally three times a day. Dosage may be increased stepwise to 0.2 mg/kg three times a day. A maximum dose of 4 mg three times a day should not be exceeded.

-6 to 14 years: Initial dose: 2 mg orally three or four times a day. Dosage may be cautiously increased stepwise, but not exceed 24 mg/day (in divided doses).

-15 years or older: Initial dose: 2 mg or 4 mg orally three or four times a day. Dosage may be cautiously increased stepwise up to a maximum of 8 mg four times a day as tolerated.

Uses: Treatment or prevention of bronchospasm due to bronchial asthma, chronic bronchitis and other chronic bronchopulmonary disorders in which bronchospasm is a complicating factor

The dosage has not been established in pediatric patients. It may be unsafe for your child. It is always important to fully understand the safety of the drug before using. Please consult with your doctor or pharmacist for more information.

How is Albuterol Sulfate available?

Albuterol Sulfate is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Oral tablet,
  • Oral syrup,
  • Inhalation aerosol with adapter,
  • Oral tablet, extended release,
  • Inhalation solution,
  • Inhalation aerosol,
  • Inhalation capsule,
  • Compounding powder,
  • Inhalation powder.

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Albuterol Sulfate, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

 

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.

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Review Date: November 5, 2018 | Last Modified: November 5, 2018

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