Albuterol (Salbutamol, Ventolin, Aerolin or Ventorlin, Asthalin, Proventil, ProAir) is an anti-bronchospasm medication, a bronchodialator, used to treat asthma and obstructive pulmonary disease. Many people suffer from asthma attacks when engaging some physical activity, and Albuterol is also proven to be helpful in these situations.
In asthma, this medication is used as an inhaler, to prevent the 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 various medical conditions. Patients may experience nervousness, headache, dry mouth, throat swelling, nausea, dizziness and sometimes low blood potassium levels. Some albuterol patients complained about tiredness, chest pain, increased heart rate, arrhythmias and palpitations. Albuterol overdose is also reported to be the cause of seizures and cardiac arrest.
Rarely, Albuterol causes urticaria, kidney failure, angioedema and there were even recorded death cases connected with the Albuterol overdose.
Some of the adverse symptoms might be also present if the patient overdosed the medication. These include: diarrhea, muscle pain, and sleeping problems.
Albuterol overdose causes same effects in children and adults.
Pregnant women might get prescribed Albuterol for premature labor. In some other cases, doctors will advise pregnant women to avoid this medication, since it may be harmful for the unborn child. Even women who plan to get pregnant are not recommended to use Albuterol. Studies have proven that this drug might lead to birth defects in lab animals, justifying the concern of the medical experts.
Some women need to take this medication to control their health condition. Specialists recommend carefully watching your symptoms and consulting your doctor if anything out of the ordinary happens. Pregnant women suffering from hypertension (high blood pressure), heart problems or hypothyroidism should also consult the doctor.
Interaction of Albuterol Overdose with Other Drugs
Albuterol overdose might affect the therapeutic use of many different medications. Drugs such as beta blockers, bronchodialators, MAO inhibitors (monoamine oxidase inhibitors), antidepressants and diuretic medications are some of the most affected. Always consult your doctor and ask about the potential interactions between the medications you are using simultaneously.
Treatment for Albuterol Overdose
Person suffering from Albuterol overdose will be given intravenously fluids and then some medications to suppress Albuterol effects (usually beta blockers). Further complications of Albuterol overdose should be treated if and when they appear.
If you think you might have some of the Albuterol overdose symptoms, seek for urgent medical help.