Use extreme caution if you take Salbetol with certain depression medications or take them within two weeks of each other. Taking these drugs together may significantly increase the heart effects of Salbetol.
Examples of depression medications include:
- monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs), such as:
Disclaimer: Our goal is to provide you with the most relevant and current information. However, because drugs interact differently in each person, we cannot guarantee that this information includes all possible interactions. This information is not a substitute for medical advice. Always speak with your healthcare provider about possible interactions with all prescription drugs, vitamins, herbs and supplements, and over-the-counter drugs that you are taking.
This drug comes with several warnings.
Q: How safe is an Salbetol inhaler for asthma?
A: Salbetol is a bronchodilator that relaxes muscles in the airways improving air flow to the lungs. Salbetol inhalers are used to treat bronchospasm (wheezing and shortness of breath) in patients with lung conditions such as asthma. Patients with certain medical conditions like high blood pressure, heart disease, heart rhythm disorder, epilepsy, diabetes, or overactive thyroid have an increased chance of having an adverse reaction with Salbetol. Rare but serious side effects have been reported with Salbetol including chest tightness, chest pain, abnormal heart rhythm, nervousness, tremor, and increased blood pressure. Less serious side effects include headache, dizziness, nervousness, insomnia, cough, dry mouth, sore throat, muscle pain, and diarrhea. This is not a complete list of the side effects associated with Salbetol. For more specific information, consult with your doctor or pharmacist. Salbetol can have interactions with some medications particularly beta-blockers for high blood pressure. When your doctor prescribes a new medication, be sure to discuss all your prescription and over-the-counter drugs, including dietary supplements, vitamins, botanicals, minerals, and herbals, as well as the foods you eat. Always keep a current list of the drugs and supplements you take and review it with your healthcare providers and your pharmacist. If possible, use one pharmacy for all your prescription medications and over-the-counter products. This allows your pharmacist to keep a complete record of all your prescription drugs and to advise you about drug interactions and side effects. Burton Dunaway, PharmD
To inhale the solution using a nebulizer, follow these steps;
- Remove one vial of Salbetol solution from the foil pouch. Leave the rest of the vials in the pouch until you are ready to use them.
- Look at the liquid in the vial. It should be clear and colorless. Do not use the vial if the liquid is cloudy or discolored.
- Twist off the top of the vial and squeeze all of the liquid into the nebulizer reservoir. If you are using your nebulizer to inhale other medications, ask your doctor or pharmacist if you can place the other medications in the reservoir along with Salbetol.
- Connect the nebulizer reservoir to the mouthpiece or face mask.
- Connect the nebulizer to the compressor.
- Place the mouthpiece in your mouth or put on the face mask. Sit in an upright, comfortable position and turn on the compressor.
- Breathe in calmly, deeply, and evenly for about 5-15 minutes until mist stops forming in the nebulizer chamber.
- Clean your nebulizer regularly. Follow the manufacturer's directions carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about cleaning your nebulizer.
To inhale the aerosol using an inhaler, follow these steps:
- Remove the protective dust cap from the end of the mouthpiece. If the dust cap was not placed on the mouthpiece, check the mouthpiece for dirt or other objects. Be sure that the canister is fully and firmly inserted in the mouthpiece.
- If you are using the inhaler for the first time or if you have not used the inhaler in more than 14 days, you will need to prime it. You may also need to prime the inhaler if it has been dropped. Ask your pharmacist or check the manufacturer's information if this happens. To prime the inhaler, shake it well and then press down on the canister 4 times to release 4 sprays into the air, away from your face. Be careful not to get Salbetol in your eyes.
- Shake the inhaler well.
- Breathe out as completely as possible through your mouth.
- Hold the canister with the mouthpiece on the bottom, facing you and the canister pointing upward. Place the open end of the mouthpiece into your mouth. Close your lips tightly around the mouthpiece.
- Breathe in slowly and deeply through the mouthpiece.At the same time, press down once on the container to spray the medication into your mouth.
- Try to hold your breath for 10 seconds. remove the inhaler, and breathe out slowly.
- If you were told to use 2 puffs, wait 1 minute and then repeat steps 3-7.
- Replace the protective cap on the inhaler.
- Clean your inhaler regularly. Follow the manufacturer's directions carefully and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about cleaning your inhaler.
Salbetol and Weight Loss
Because Salbetol has a stimulating effect, some people try to use it for weight loss. Various websites (of dubious credibility) offer instructions and discussions on how to use this medication for weight loss.
However, Salbetol is not approved by the FDA for this purpose. Increasing your dose of this medicine or using it more frequently than prescribed to achieve weight loss can be dangerous and lead to life-threatening side effects.
How to use Salbetol Sulfate 90 Mcg/Actuation Breath Activated Powder Inhaler
Read the Patient Information Leaflet and Instructions for Use provided by your pharmacist before you start using this medication and each time you get a refill. Follow the illustrated directions for the proper use of this medication. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Some brands of this inhaler have a built-in sensor that can store data on its use. This information can be used with a smartphone application (app). Read the manufacturer's information on how to set up and use the app. You do not have to use the app in order for the inhaler to work. You can review the data and share it with your health care provider if you want to.
Inhale this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually every 4 to 6 hours as needed. The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often than prescribed without your doctor's approval. Using too much of this medication will increase your risk of serious (possibly fatal) side effects.
If you are using this medication to prevent asthma brought on by exercise, use it 15 to 30 minutes before exercise.
Do not use a spacer with this inhaler and do not open the cap unless you are ready to take a dose.
Before use, hold the inhaler upright and open the cap. You should hear a click, which means the inhaler is ready for use. Place the mouthpiece near your mouth and breathe out as far as is comfortable. Do not breathe into the inhaler device. Then put the mouthpiece in your mouth, close your lips around it, and breathe in steadily and deeply. Hold your breath for about 10 seconds, or for as long as is comfortable. Close the cap after each use.
Clean the outside of the mouthpiece with a dry tissue or cloth as needed. Do not use water or any other liquid for cleaning. If liquid gets into the inhaler, it may not work properly.
If a child is using this medication, a parent or other responsible adult may need to help the child use the inhaler properly.
If you are using other inhalers at the same time, wait at least 1 minute between the use of each medication.
Always have this quick-relief inhaler with you. Keep track of the number of inhalations used from each device. Discard the device after you have used the number of inhalations marked on the manufacturer's package.
Learn which of your inhalers you should use every day (controller drugs) and which you should use if your breathing suddenly worsens (quick-relief drugs). Ask your doctor ahead of time what you should do if you have new or worsening cough or shortness of breath, wheezing, increased sputum, worsening peak flow meter readings, waking up at night with trouble breathing, if you use your quick-relief inhaler more often (more than 2 days a week), or if your quick-relief inhaler does not seem to be working well. Learn when you can treat sudden breathing problems by yourself and when you must get medical help right away.
Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they worsen.
Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Salbetol only for the indication prescribed.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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What is Salbetol inhalation?
Salbetol is a bronchodilator that relaxes muscles in the airways and increases air flow to the lungs.
Salbetol inhalation is used to treat or prevent bronchospasm, or narrowing of the airways in the lungs, in people with asthma or certain types of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is also used to prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm.
Salbetol inhalation is for use in adults and children who are at least 4 years old.
You should keep Salbetol with you at all times and get your prescription refilled before you run out of this medication.
Salbetol can control symptoms of asthma and other lung diseases, but it doesn't cure them. You should not stop taking this medicine without first talking to your doctor.
This medicine can sometimes cause wheezing or breathing difficulties immediately after it's inhaled. You should call your doctor right away if this happens to you.
You should also tell your doctor if your symptoms worsen or if Salbetol stops helping your symptoms.
Before taking Salbetol, tell your healthcare provider if you have or have ever had:
Don't use your Salbetol inhaler near a flame or source of heat. The inhaler can explode when exposed to very high temperatures.
Some side effects can be serious. If you experience any of these symptoms, call your doctor immediately:
- fast, pounding, or irregular heartbeat
- chest pain
- blisters or rash
- swelling of the face, throat, tongue, lips, eyes, hands, feet, ankles, or lower legs
- increased difficulty breathing
- difficulty swallowing
Salbetol may cause other side effects. Call your doctor if you have any unusual problems while taking this medication.
Q: Does Salbetol, Pulmicort, or Nasonex affect a child's behavior?
A: According to package inserts, Salbetol (VoSpire ER) can cause hyperactivity, excitement, and irritability in children. Pulmicort (budesonide) has been reported to cause irritability, aggressive reactions, and anxiety. You are encouraged to report any negative side effects of prescription drugs to your health care practitioner and the Food and Drug Administration by visiting https://www.fda.gov/Safety/MedWatch/default.htm or calling 1-800-FDA-1088. Michelle McDermott, PharmD
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