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Salbutamol - Side Effects, Precautions, and Contraindications

What side effects can Salbutamol cause?

​Some common side effects of salbutamol include:

  • Fast heartbeat
  • Headache
  • Uncontrolled shaking (tremor)
  • Nervousness
  • Restlessness

 Check with your doctor if any of these symptoms are serious and do not go away.

In very rare cases, some patients might experience the following:

  • Irregular heartbeat, where your heartbeat is uneven or has an extra beat
  • Low blood potassium level, where you may experience the following symptoms:
    • Muscle weakness
    • Muscle pain
    • Nausea or vomiting
    • Tingling or numbness at your fingers and toes

The symptoms of a drug allergy include one or more of the following:

  • Swollen face/eyes/lips/ tongue
  • Difficulty in breathing
  • Itchy skin rashes over your whole body

If you experience any of these symptoms, you should stop your medication and see your healthcare professional immediately.  

                    

Before taking Salbutamol, what precautions must I follow?

​Inform your health care professional if:

  • You are allergic to this medication or any of the other ingredients in this medication
  • You are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or breastfeeding
  • You are taking any other medications, including supplements, traditional medications and herbal remedies

You have any of the following medication conditions:

  • Glaucoma (a type of eye condition where the pressure in the eye is increased)
  • High blood pressure
  • Heart conditions such as history of chest pain or heart attack, heart failure or irregular heartbeat
  • Hyperthyroidism (a condition where is too much thyroid hormone in the body)
  • Kidney problems

 

                    

What food or medicine must I avoid when I take Salbutamol?

Salbutamol - Additional Information

  • Updated on Wednesday, November 4, 2020
  • Article contributed by PSS National Medication Information Workgroup PSS National Medication Information Workgroup

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