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Albuterol (Ventolin) - An Overview
Albuterol, available as generic albuterol and also marketed under a variety of brand names such as ProAir HFA, Proventil and Ventolin HFA is a medication used in the treatment of asthma. Push Health enables people who need albuterol prescriptions, including albuterol inhalers and albuterol nebulizers, to connect with a doctor or medical provider near them and get their albuterol delivered or available for pickup at a local pharmacy.
Albuterol Sulfate - Administration and Mechanism
Albuterol belongs to a class of drugs known as beta 2 adrenergic receptor agonists. Albuterol can cause smooth muscle relaxation which results in dilation of the bronchial passages. This is why albuterol is also referred to as a bronchodilator medication. Albuterol is typically administered via an inhaler (metered-dose inhaler or MDI) or a nebulizer. Albuterol can be administered as an intravenous drug although it is not typically done as nebulized albuterol is more convenient to administer and as effective. Albuterol sulfate is often the active ingredient in albuterol inhalers. Beta agonist medications are classified into short-acting, long-acting and ultra-long-acting beta 2 agonists. After being inhaled, albuterol demonstrates low systemic effects. The terminal plasma half-life of albuterol after inhalation aerosol is approximately six hours. The mean duration of effect is generally three to six hours.
Albuterol - Prescription Cost
Albuterol is used to treat asthma and COPD. As a prescription medication, it is not possible to buy albuterol over-the-counter (OTC). The cost of a prescription albuterol HFA inhaler typically ranges from $25 to $60 per inhaler. At times, it is possible to find an albuterol inhaler coupon from a manufacturer or other organizations.
Can I Buy Albuterol Online?
Generic albuterol inhalers as well as ProAir HFA and Ventolin HFA inhalers require a prescription in order to be dispensed by a pharmacy. At this time, over-the-counter (OTC) albuterol is not available and one cannot simply buy albuterol inhalers online. Through Push Health, however, people can request an albuterol inhaler prescription from a licensed medical provider and get their albuterol if it is safe and appropriate to be prescribed.
ProAir HFA / Ventolin HFA versus Xopenex HFA
ProAir HFA and Ventolin HFA utilize the ingredient albuterol while Xopenex HFA features levalbuterol. And so, comparing ProAir HFA and Ventolin HFA versus Xopenex HFA involves comparing albuterol versus levalbuterol. Albuterol and levalbuterol are similar in that they are both short-acting rescue medications when one is having asthma symptoms. While albuterol is frequently administered in a 108 mcg/actuation, levalbuterol is often used in a 45 mcg/actuation. A major difference noted when comparing albuterol vs. levalbuterol is that levalbuterol reportedly has fewer side effects than albuterol for people who are sensitive to the side effects of albuterol medications. Irrespective of whether one chooses a medication like ProAir HFA or Xopenex HFA, ipratropium bromide (Atrovent HFA) is a complementary asthma medication that is often administered at the same time to provide additional bronchodilation during an acute asthma exacerbation.
Is Albuterol A Steroid?
Some people wonder if albuterol is a steroid medication. While albuterol is sometimes given in conjunction with a steroid medication, albuterol sulfate itself is not a steroid. Instead, albuterol is a type of beta 2 adrenergic receptor agonist. However, albuterol is often prescribed with other steroid medications such as prednisone or fluticasone.
Albuterol - Side Effects
Generic albuterol, ProAir HFA and Ventolin HFA all have side effects. Common side effects that are sometimes experienced while using albuterol include a rapid heart rate, palpitations, tremulousness and stomach discomfort. Anyone who has demonstrated hypersensitivity or an allergy to albuterol should not use the medication. All questions and concerns that come up about using albuterol nebulizers or inhalers should be directed to one's pharmacist and licensed medical provider prior to use.
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Last updated July 1, 2019. Given the evolving nature of medicine and science, this information might not be accurate and should not be construed as medical advice or diagnosis / treatment recommendations. Please consult a licensed medical provider if you have additional questions.