Albuterol belongs to an extended family of asthma medications called the corticosteroid drugs. It is a bronchodilator or mucus thinner. Its main function is to relax the airway by constricting it. It acts rapidly on inflammation. As an example, when inflammation of the lungs causes mucus to be thick and excess mucous to be released in the form of a sputum, Albuterol helps in clearing the excess air from the lungs by thickening the mucus and making it less sticky. Albuterol has also been found to be very effective in treating coughs and colds.
Albuterol can be used for various Albuterol respiratory tract disorders like emphysema, bronchitis, chronic bronchitis, and asthma. The most common of these respiratory tract disorders is emphysema, which is a condition where the cells of the lung are damaged. It is not reversible. Chronic bronchitis, on the other hand, is a condition where the lining of the bronchial tubes is inflamed due to infection or other reasons and there is an obstruction in the air passage.
Coughs and colds are the main symptoms of emphysema and chronic bronchitis, respectively. Therefore, if you’re using albuterol to treat those symptoms, then it is likely that you also have asthma. Albuterol can treat the symptoms of both conditions but only if you’re also using a safe and effective medication that prevents asthma attacks.
You should also be aware that this medication cannot help every patient. Your doctor should determine the exact dosage for you according to your medical history and other factors. Your doctor will usually start you on low doses before moving to higher ones if you’re okay with it. Higher dosages may cause more side effects than lower ones, so be sure to inform your doctor if you experience any serious reactions after starting to use the medication. Always consult your doctor if something doesn’t seem right with the dosage you’re given or if your body reacts differently from the usual.
The most common medications used for treating the inflammation and irritation of the airways are albuterol sulfate inhalation solution and corticosteroids. Although they’re both systemic, which means that they go inside the body and affect every organ, the effects of each medication vary greatly. On the other hand, when albuterol sulfate inhalation solution is taken, it reduces the inflammation of the airways’ lining by thinning the mucus that surrounds it. However, this medication is known to cause certain side effects like severe coughing, difficulty in breathing and wheezing. If you experience any of these, especially after the first few days of using the medication, you should contact your doctor immediately.
Corticosteroids are prescribed for very acute respiratory conditions such as asthma. They may interact with medications used for other illnesses, but the exact interactions are not well understood. It’s important to note however that in very rare cases, severe side effects such as severe headaches, fast heart rate, confusion and even death may occur. Medications such as this one may interact if you’re currently taking certain antibiotics, anticoagulants, anabolic steroids, lithium, oral contraceptives, fluconazole, and some antihistamines. For women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should avoid combining corticosteroids with any estrogen-based drugs such as birth control pills and/or estrogen hormone replacement therapy.