Albuterol is commonly prescribed for this type of asthma. Bronchodilators help the patient breath easier by opening up his or her airways. This type of medication is also used in the prevention and treatment of bronchospasms. This medication is inhaled orally. Since each patient is different, it is important to follow your doctor's dosage instructions exactly.
Before using bronchodilators, it is important to tell your doctor about any other medical conditions, such as diabetes, high blood pressure, seizures, allergic reactions, breast-feeding, irregular heartbeat or heart disease, pheochromocytoma, thyroid disease and pregnancy.
Common side effects may include cough, headache, upset stomach, irritated throat, difficulty sleeping, trembling or nervousness, runny or stuffy nose, or unusual taste. Serious side effects may include an allergic reaction, chest pain, high blood pressure, fever, vomiting, breathing problems, falling or feeling faint or lightheaded, irregular heartbeat, muscle weakness or cramping, and numbness/tingling/pain in the feet or hands. Serious side effects may require emergency medical attention.
There are also associated drug interactions. These may include anti-infectives like pentamidine and chloroquine, cisapride, cold medications, weight loss medications and supplements, certain antibiotics, steroid hormones, thyroid hormones, caffeine, diuretics, depression or psychotic medications, methadone, certain heart medications and theophylline.