Before taking this medicine

Albuterol may increase the risk of death or hospitalization in people with asthma, but the risk in people with obstructive airway disease or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is not known. To make sure this medicine is safe for you, tell your doctor if you have: heart disease, high blood pressure; a thyroid disorder; seizures; diabetes; or low levels of potassium in your blood. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant. It is not known whether albuterol will harm an unborn baby. However, having uncontrolled asthma during pregnancy may increase the risk of premature birth, low birth weight, or eclampsia (dangerously high blood pressure that can lead to medical problems in both mother and baby). The benefit of preventing bronchospasm may outweigh any risks to the baby.

Ventolin Usage

Use Ventolin exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Follow all directions on your prescription label and read all medication guides. Read and carefully follow any Instructions for Use provided with your medicine. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you do not understand these instructions. Do not allow a young child to use Ventolin without help from an adult. To prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm, use this medicine 15 to 30 minutes before you exercise. The effects of Ventolin should last about 4 to 6 hours. Seek medical attention if your breathing problems get worse quickly, or if you think your asthma medications are not working as well.

Dosage

Ventolin should be used only when needed. Use the missed dose as soon as you remember. Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for your next scheduled dose. Do not use extra medicine to make up the missed dose.

Overdose symptoms may include dry mouth, tremors, chest pain, fast heartbeats, nausea, general ill feeling, seizure (convulsions), feeling light-headed or fainting.

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