Salbutamol - Indications, Dosage, Side Effects and Precautions


Information about Salbutamol

Generic Name : Salbutamol
Up-to-date prescription details regarding Salbutamol are provided here.

Pronunciation : Sal-BYOU-tuh-mole

Learn the correct pronunciation of the Salbutamol, understand it's uses, recommended dosages, its indications, how to take, when to take, when not to take, side effects, special precautions, warnings and its and its storage instructions.
You will also find a list of the medication's International and Indian brand or trade names, as well as its pricing information. For verification of the information presented on this page or for additional clarifications, it's advisable to consult your doctor.

ICD Code : Y55.6 Therapeutic Classification : Anti- Asthmatics

Trade Names/Brand Names of Salbutamol

India :

International :

Proventil, VoSpire ER, Ventolin

Other Name(s) of Salbutamol


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 be taken? (Contraindications)

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

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 for Salbutamol?

Store it at room temperature (30oC).

Schedule : H
Prescription drugs - Drugs to be sold only under the prescription of a Registered Medical Practitioner.

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