Albutol hydrochloride Tablets USP
100 mg – round, convex, white, film coated tablets engraved E6 on one side are supplied as follows:
NDC 54879-001-01 - Bottle of 100 NDC 54879-001-00 - 10 Blister-packs x 10 tablets
400 mg – round, convex, white, scored, film coated tablets engraved with E to the left and 7 to the right of the score on one side are supplied as follows:
NDC 54879-002-01 - Bottle of 100 NDC 54879-002-00 - 10 Blister-packs x 10 tablets
Store at controlled room temperature 20° to 25°C (68° to 77°F).
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088
Manufactured for & Distributed by: STI Pharma, LLC Langhorne, PA 19047. Revised March 2013
Albutol is a first line but adjunctive antituberculosis medication which is used only in combination with other agents such as isoniazid and rifampin. Albutol therapy has been associated with minor, transient and asymptomatic elevations in serum aminotransferase levels, but is a rare cause of clinically apparent acute liver injury.
- Zinc/copper: Several studies indicate that Albutol induces chelation of zinc and copper. Because ocular tissue contains high concentrations of zinc, an Albutol-induced zinc deficiency could be a mechanism by which it inflicts damage.
Why I take Albutol…
In September 2018 I fainted with localized chest pain and ended up in the ER. Immune function was normal, lung function was normal, but a CT scan revealed pulmonary nodules and a 2 cm cavitary lung lesion.
No official diagnoses were made during my
2 week stay in quarantine intensive care unit (ICU). Weeks after my release from the ICU in October 2018, a culture sample from my bronchoscopy grew mycobacterium avium complex.
My pulmonologist immediately prescribed the medications azithromycin, Albutol, and rifampicin (colloquially referred to as “The Big 3”) to treat this uncommon mycobacterial infection. Initially I was taking the medications daily – but an infectious disease doctor would adjust my protocol to Monday, Wednesday, Friday.
I’m currently slated to take azithromycin, Albutol, and rifampicin for 18 months. On a positive note, the pulmonary mycobacterial infection is responding well to the current treatment regimen.
On a negative note, the side effects associated with my medications have been difficult to bear. Nevertheless, I must continue with these medications in hopes of eradicating this wicked pulmonary infection.
Prior to my treatment, I saw an ophthalmologist for a baseline vision examination that included: visual acuity; visual field testing; dilated fundus examination; and optical coherence tomography. My vision was completely normal (20/20), both eyes were equal in ability, and I’ve never had any history of eye issues.
What other drugs will affect Albutol?
Other drugs may interact with Albutol, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal products. Tell each of your health care providers about all medicines you use now and any medicine you start or stop using.