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What is albuterol sulfate and can I take it if I'm allergic to sulfa?

I am allergic to sulfa and many preservatives. Is there an albuterol inhaler available without the sulfate?

Medically reviewed by Last updated on Nov 20, 2018.

Official Answer


When patients say they have a sulfa allergy typically they are allergic to a group of drugs called sulfonamides. Drugs belonging to the sulfonamide class are chemically unrelated to sulfates. You can safely take Albuterol Sulfate.

Albuterol Sulfate belongs to a class of drugs called bronchodilators. Bronchodilators make breathing easier by relaxing the muscles in the lungs and widening the airways. They are often used to treat long-term conditions where the airways become intermittently narrow and inflamed, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

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