Albuterol (Salbutamol, Ventolin, Aerolinor Ventorlin, Asthalin, Proventil, ProAir) isan anti-bronchospasm medication, a bronchodialator, used to treat asthma and obstructivepulmonary disease. Many people suffer from asthma attacks when engaging some physicalactivity, and Albuterol is also proven to be helpful in these situations.
In asthma, this medication is used as an inhaler, to preventthe breathing problems. It works by relaxing the muscles in the airways, thus increasing the amount of the air that comes to the lungs.
Albuterol Overdose Symptoms
The overdose of this medication might lead to variousmedical conditions. Patients may experience nervousness, headache, dry mouth,throat swelling, nausea, dizziness and sometimes low blood potassium levels. Somealbuterol patients complained about tiredness, chest pain, increased heart rate,arrhythmias and palpitations. Albuterol overdose is also reported to be thecause of seizures and cardiac arrest.
Rarely, Albuterol causes urticaria, kidney failure, angioedemaand there were even recorded death cases connected with the Albuterol overdose.
Some of the adverse symptoms might be also present if thepatient overdosed the medication. These include: diarrhea, muscle pain, andsleeping problems.
Albuterol overdose causes same effects in children andadults.
Pregnant women might get prescribed Albuterol for prematurelabor. In some other cases, doctors will advise pregnant women to avoidthis medication, since it may be harmful for the unborn child. Even women whoplan to get pregnant are not recommended to use Albuterol. Studies have proventhat this drug might lead to birth defects in lab animals, justifying theconcern of the medical experts.
Some women need to take this medication to control theirhealth condition. Specialists recommend carefully watching your symptoms andconsulting your doctor if anything out of the ordinary happens. Pregnant womensuffering from hypertension (high blood pressure), heart problems or hypothyroidismshould also consult the doctor.
Interaction of Albuterol Overdose with Other Drugs
Albuterol overdose might affect the therapeutic use of manydifferent medications. Drugs such as beta blockers, bronchodialators, MAOinhibitors (monoamine oxidase inhibitors), antidepressants and diureticmedications are some of the most affected. Always consult your doctor and askabout the potential interactions between the medications you are using simultaneously.
Treatment for Albuterol Overdose
Person suffering from Albuterol overdose will be givenintravenously fluids and then some medications to suppress Albuteroleffects (usually beta blockers). Further complications of Albuterol overdose shouldbe treated if and when they appear.
If you think you might have some of the Albuterol overdose symptoms,seek for urgent medical help.