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General Information on Salbutamol

Generic Name : Salbutamol

Pronunciation : Sal-BYOU-tuh-mole

Latest prescription information about Salbutamol. Learn how to pronounce the drug's name, its indications, dosage, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, its storage instructions and warnings if any when taken during pregnancy. Also listed are the International and Indian trade name(s) of the drug and its price list.
ICD Code : Y55.6 | Therapeutic Classification : Anti- Asthmatics

Other Name(s) of Salbutamol


Other Name : 

Albuterol

Why is Salbutamol Prescribed? (Indications)

This medication is a bronchodilator, prescribed for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).  It works by relaxing and opening the air passages to the lungs to make breathing easier.

When should Salbutamol not to be taken? (Contraindications)

Contraindicated in patients with high blood pressure during pregnancy, uterine infection, miscarriage, heart disease, and hypersensitivity.

Pregnancy Category

A B C D X

Category C :

Animal studies have shown adverse effects on the fetus and there are no appropriate studies in pregnant women, but potential benefits may allow the use of the drug in pregnant women despite the potential for risks.

What is the dosage of Salbutamol?

PO- The recommended dose is 2 to 4 mg.
IV/IM- 0.25 to 0.5mg.
Inhaler- 100 to 200 mg by inhalation.

How should Salbutamol be taken?

It comes as a tablet to take by mouth, on an empty stomach.
It also comes as a solution for injection to be administered by a healthcare provider into the vein or large muscle.
It also comes as an inhaler to inhale by mouth.

What are the warnings and precautions for Salbutamol?

Caution should be exercised in patients with history of heart problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, low levels of potassium in the blood, seizure, overactive thyroid, any allergy, who are taking other medication, during pregnancy and breastfeeding.
Avoid alcohol consumption.
It may cause dizziness or drowsiness, do not drive a car or operate machinery while taking this medication.

What are the side effects of Salbutamol?

   Central Nervous System : Nervousness, shakiness, dizziness, headache, over active and hoarseness.
   Musculoskeletal : Muscle cramps.
   Gastrointestinal : Nausea and increased or decreased appetite.
   Respiratory : Nosebleed and difficulty in breathing.
   Heart : Chest pain and irregular heart beat.
   Miscellaneous : Fever, pale skin, rash, hives and itching.

What are the other precautions for Salbutamol?

Avoid excess dosage.

What are the storage conditions of Salbutamol?

Store it at room temperature (30oC).


Schedule : H

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