albuterol, Ventolin, Proventil, Proventil-HFA, AccuNeb, Vospire, ProAir (cont.)

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PREGNANCY: There are no adequate studies of albuterol use during pregnancy. Some reports indicate that albuterol may cause congenital defects when used during pregnancy.

NURSING MOTHERS: It's not known whether albuterol is excreted in breast milk.

SIDE EFFECTS: Side effects include nervousness, tremor, headache, palpitations, fast heart rate, elevated blood pressure, nausea, dizziness, and heartburn. Throat irritation and nosebleeds can also occur. Allergic reactions may rarely occur and may manifest as rash, hives, swelling, bronchospasm, or anaphylaxis (shock). Worsening of diabetes and lowering of potassium have also been reported. In rare patients, inhaled albuterol can paradoxically precipitate life-threatening bronchospasm.

Reference: FDA Prescribing Information

Last Editorial Review: 1/7/2010

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