Salbutamol, also known as albuterol, is a medication used to treat and prevent bronchospasm in conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It is a type of bronchodilator, which means it works by relaxing the muscles in the airways, making it easier to breathe. Salbutamol is available as an inhaler, nebulizer solution, and tablet.
Can quickly relieve symptoms of bronchospasm, such as wheezing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness.
Can be used as a preventative measure before exercise or other triggers that may cause bronchospasm.
Available in multiple forms, making it easy to use for people of all ages.
Common side effects include shaking, headache, dizziness, and fast or irregular heartbeat.
In rare cases, it can cause allergic reactions such as hives, rash, and difficulty breathing.
Overuse or misuse of the medication can lead to worsening of bronchospasm or decrease in the effectiveness of the medication.
Long-term use of high doses can lead to side effects such as osteoporosis, cataracts, and glaucoma.