Not a lot of people know that Albuterol is actually a bronchodilator. On the other hand, most people who suffer from acute asthma know about it and use it. Albuterol is used when a person first notices the symptoms of asthma. Apart from acute asthma, this bronchodilator is also used in the treatment process of exercise-induced asthma. When a person experiences an asthma attack, this medication will help him or her to relax the bronchial muscles in the airways. By doing that, a person will better the air flow to the lungs and reduce the impact of asthma symptoms. This medication is used in the treatment for children who suffer from asthma as well. In most cases, the child receives this bronchodilator through an inhaler or Albuterol nebulizer. There are certain side effects that a person might experience when he or she uses this medication but in most cases a person will not experience any side effects. Side effects occur in a really small number of cases.
Side effects of Albuterol in children
Even though the cases when a child experiences certain side effects from taking this medication are quite rare, they do happen. Some of the most common side effects a child may experience are increased heart rate, nervousness, cough, headache, shakiness and restlessness. Apart from these, a child may also experience irritability, metallic taste in the mouth, hoarseness, sore throat, dry mouth and an inflammation of the throat.
Apart from these common side effects, in extremely rare cases a child may suffer from chest pain, insomnia, muscle cramps and weakness. A heart attack is also a possibility but that almost never happens. A child may even experience an allergic reaction to this medication as well but that is also highly unlikely. However, if they do occur a parent should immediately take the child to the hospital.
A child who uses this medication in form of syrup may experience nervousness, headaches, shakiness and excitement.
Albuterol side effects in toddlers and infants
In some cases a parent will need to give this medication to an infant in order to deal with the asthma symptoms. Just like children, toddlers may also experience certain side effects. Some of the most common are mood changes, loss of focus or concentration and in some cases even confusion. Toddlers are also likely to suffer from an allergic reaction to this medication and in those cases the medication will cause hives, wheezing, shortness of breath and swelling of lips, face and throat.
A parent should take the toddler to the hospital after seeing the first sign of some side effect.