Is albuterol addictive? Is it a form of a steroid? What is the maxium dosage for one day? Thanks, I would appreciate any help I might get. Would you consider it safe if you had someone that sat around all day steadily sucking on the inhaler, even gets up during the night and uses it? If I can remember correctly... I thought the dosage was suppose to be 3 - 4 times daily.
23 Jul 2005
Albuterol is a long-acting beta 2 agonist used for relief of asthma or other conditions associated with reversible airway obstruction. It is not a steroid and is not addictive. Its max dosage is 1-2 puffs up to 3-4 times a day for persistent symptoms. Note that the inhalation should be used as required, but not on a regular basis.
If inhaled short-acting beta 2 agonists are needed more than 3 times a week or if night time symptoms occur more than once a week, first you should check with your pharmacist to see if you are using the inhaler properly and taking in the drug in a proper amount.
If there is no problem in your inhaler technique, the need for using the drug steadily should be the signs of worsening of the disease. Talk to your doctor, and perhaps a regular standard dose inhaled corticosteroid is needed in the case of asthma.
Hope this could help. :)
- Albuterol Information for Consumers
- Albuterol Information for Healthcare Professionals (includes dosage details)
- Side Effects of Albuterol (detailed)
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