You may rely on your Albuterol sulfate inhaler to treat a sudden onset of your symptoms--commonly called an asthma attack. However, excessive use of inhalers that contain albuterol sulfate have been linked with the development of paradoxical bronchospasm, a life-threatening condition that can cause sudden wheezing and inability to breathe.
Albuterol sulfate inhalers are marketed under many different names, including Proventil, Ventolin, and Volmax. Most asthma sufferers are advised to use their albuterol sulfate inhalers only when sudden flare-ups occur, and to rely on oral or inhaled steroid medications for everyday use to ease constriction of the airways.
Regular use of albuterol medications can also lead to other side effects, such as:
- Allergy symptoms. Patients who develop an allergy to albuterol sulfate can suffer (respiratory symptoms similar to an asthma attack) as well as hives, nosebleeds, and rashes.
- Heart problems. Some patients have reported chest pain, increased heartbeat, and irregular heartbeat after taking albuterol.
- Neurological conditions. Overuse of albuterol has been linked to nervousness, tremors, mood changes, seizures and insomnia.
- Hypokalemia. Albuterol has recently been associated with low levels of blood potassium, or hypokalemia. Symptoms of this condition include increased thirst, irregular heartbeat, nausea, numbness in the fingers and toes, and even sudden convulsions.
- Drug interactions. Patients should be warned that albuterol can interact with other medications, including antidepressants, adrenaline products, blood pressure medications, and diuretics. Always be sure to tell your doctor about all of the medications and supplements you take before adding a new prescription.
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