How often should you take albuterol inhaler?

The usual dose of albuterol inhalation is 2 inhalations every 4 to 6 hours. To prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm, use 2 inhalations 15 to 30 minutes before you exercise. The effects of albuterol inhalation should last about 4 to 6 hours. Seek medical attention if you think your asthma medications are not working as well.

What is the maximum dose of albuterol? Maximum dose: 6 inhalations in 24 hours. Inhalation solution: One 3 mL vial (albuterol-ipratropium bromide 2.5 mg-0.5 mg) four times a day via nebulization. Maximum dose: Up to 2 additional 3 mL doses per day, if needed.

How often is too often to use albuterol? If you are using the albuterol more than 2 times a week your asthma is not under control. You may need to change doctors if you are not satisfied with that answer. When asthma is not under control, you may need to take a long-acting bronchodilator and corticosteroid.

Is it okay to use a nebulizer instead of an inhaler? While some patients and physicians prefer nebulizers for particularly bad asthma symptoms, the machines are not always required for proper care, since inhalers with spacers can work very well, too. There are a number of reasons why using a nebulizer-when an inhaler will do just fine-is not a good idea. For one thing, it’s more expensive.

How much albuterol is too much? It depends: This is an important question. Too much Acetaminophen is dangerous. According to epocrates, a drug information program, most healthy adults can get up to about 1, 000 mg in 4 hrs, and 4, 000 mg (4 grams) per day safely.

Missed Dose

Missed Dose

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose. Use your next dose at the regular time. Do not double the dose to catch up.


If someone has overdosed and has serious symptoms such as passing out or trouble breathing, call 911. Otherwise, call a poison control center right away. US residents can call their local poison control center at 1-800-222-1222. Canada residents can call a provincial poison control center. Symptoms of overdose may include: chest pain, fast/irregular heartbeat, seizures.

How to use?How to use?

  • Read the Patient Information Leaflet if available from your pharmacist before you start using this product and each time you get a refill
  • This medication is used with a special machine called a nebulizer that changes the solution to a fine mist that you inhale
  • Learn how to prepare the solution and use the nebulizer properly
  • If a child is using this medication, a parent or other responsible adult should supervise the child
  • If you have any questions, ask your doctor, pharmacist, or respiratory therapist
  • This product should be clear and colorless
  • Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration
  • If either is present, do not use the liquid
  • Inhale this medication into your lungs using the nebulizer as directed by your doctor, usually 4 times a day
  • Avoid getting this medication into your eyes
  • It may cause eye pain/irritation, temporary blurred vision, and other vision changes
  • Therefore, it is recommended that you use a mouthpiece rather than a face mask with the nebulizer or that you close your eyes during use
  • Each treatment usually takes about 5 to 15 minutes
  • Use this medication only through a nebulizer
  • Do not swallow or inject the solution
  • To prevent infections, clean the nebulizer and mouthpiece/face mask according to the manufacturer’s directions
  • The US brand does not require any mixing before use
  • The Canadian brand can be used unmixed or if directed, may be mixed with sterile saline just before use
  • Once a vial is opened, throw away any unused solution
  • The dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment
  • Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often than prescribed without your doctor’s approval
  • Using too much of this medication will increase your risk of serious (possibly fatal) side effects
  • Rinse your mouth after treatment to prevent dry mouth and throat irritation
  • Use this medication regularly to get the most benefit from it
  • This medication works best if used at evenly spaced intervals
  • To help you remember, use it at the same times each day
  • Learn which of your inhalers/medications you should use every day and which you should use if your breathing suddenly worsens (quick-relief drugs)
  • Ask your doctor ahead of time what you should do if you have new or worsening cough or shortness of breath, wheezing, increased sputum, waking up at night with trouble breathing, if you use your quick-relief inhaler more often, or if your quick-relief inhaler does not seem to be working well
  • Learn when you can treat sudden breathing problems by yourself and when you must get medical help right away
  • Tell your doctor if your symptoms do not improve or if they worsen.

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Was this helpful?How often should you use albuterol inhaler? The usual dose of albuterol inhalation is 2 inhalations every 4 to 6 hours. To prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm, use 2 inhalations 15 to 30 minutes before you exercise. The effects of albuterol inhalation should last about 4 to 6 hours.

What happens if you overdose on albuterol sulfate? Overdose of albuterol sulfate may lead to heart attack or even death. If you start to experience symptoms of an overdose, such as irregular heartbeat, changes in blood pressure, nervousness, dizziness, insomnia, nausea, headache, or tremors, get emergency medical attention.

Why is albuterol not working? If in fact you have asthma, then the rescue inhaler is not working because you are not on a daily preventer and the asthma has reach a level that the albuterol can no longer handle. If you don’t have asthma, then the albuterol is not working because it isn’t what is needed. Bottom line, get to a pulmonologist.

What are the side effects of expired albuterol? Other serious side effects can include chest pain, irregular heartbeat, tremors, nervousness, confusion, extreme thirst, increased urination, weakness in the muscles or high blood pressure. Side Effects of Using Expired Albuterol.