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Albuterol Sulfate - Overview

Albuterol medication, available as generic albuterol and also marketed under a variety of brand names such as ProAir HFA, Proventil and Ventolin, is a medication used in the treatment of asthma. Push Health can help people who need albuterol medication connect with a medical provider who can prescribe albuterol medication, including branded and generic albuterol MDI inhalers and albuterol nebulizers, when appropriate to do so.

Albuterol Sulfate - Administration and Mechanism

Albuterol prescription medication 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 medication is also referred to as a bronchodilator medication. Albuterol medication is typically administered via an inhaler (metered-dose inhaler or MDI), frequently with counters, or a nebulizer. Albutero medication 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 medication demonstrates low systemic effects. The terminal plasma half-life of albuterol after inhalation aerosol is approximately six hours. The mean duration of albuterol's effect is generally three to six hours. Long term albuterol prescription medication use may not be suitable for every patient.

Albuterol - Cost

Albuterol prescription medication is used to treat asthma and COPD. As a prescription medication, it is not possible to buy albuterol OTC (over-the-counter). 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 discount card from a manufacturer or other organizations to be used when buying albuterol prescription medication at a pharmacy.

Can I Buy Albuterol Online?

Generic albuterol inhalers and the branded versions require a prescription in order to be dispensed by a pharmacy. At this time, albuterol OTC (over the counter) is not available and one cannot simply buy albuterol online as the first step is getting a prescription from a licensed medical provider. Through Push Health, however, people can request an albuterol inhaler prescription from a licensed medical provider and get an albuterol prescription, including prescription and generic albuterol inhaler medication, when appropriate.

Albuterol - Brand Differences

ProAir HFA utilizes the ingredient albuterol while Xopenex HFA features levalbuterol. Major differences include the dose in each actuation and reported side effects. Albuterol prescription inhalers are often used with ipratropium bromide (Atrovent HFA), a complementary asthma medication that is often administered at the same time to provide additional bronchodilation during an acute asthma exacerbation independently. Albuterol medication is also used in the combination medications Combivent and DuoNeb.

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 (Arnuity Ellipta and Flonase).

Albuterol - Side Effects

Generic albuterol prescription medication and the branded version can both cause side effects but is typically tolerated well. Common side effects that are sometimes experienced while using albuterol medication include a rapid heart rate, palpitations, tremulousness and stomach discomfort. Changes in muscle stregnth have also been reported with high dose albuterol prescription medication use. Anyone who has demonstrated hypersensitivity or an allergy to albuterol prescription medication 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 June 28, 2023. 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. Please call 911 immediately or go to the nearest emergency room if you believe you are experiencing a medical emergency.