Albuterol is used to treat or prevent bronchospasm in patients with asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and other lung diseases. This medicine is also used to prevent wheezing caused by exercise (exercise-induced bronchospasm).
Albuterol belongs to the family of medicines known as adrenergic bronchodilators. Adrenergic bronchodilators are medicines that are breathed in through the mouth to open up the bronchial tubes (air passages) in the lungs. They relieve cough, wheezing, shortness of breath, and troubled breathing by increasing the flow of air through the bronchial tubes.
This medicine is available only with your doctor's prescription.
Once a medicine has been approved for marketing for a certain use, experience may show that it is also useful for other medical problems. Although these uses are not included in product labeling, albuterol is used in certain patients with the following medical condition:
Hyperkalemia (too much potassium in the blood).
An indication is a term used for the list of condition or symptom or illness for which the medicine is prescribed or used by the patient. For example, acetaminophen or paracetamol is used for fever by the patient, or the doctor prescribes it for a headache or body pains. Now fever, headache and body pains are the indications of paracetamol. A patient should be aware of the indications of medications used for common conditions because they can be taken over the counter in the pharmacy meaning without prescription by the Physician.
As a bronchodilator in the treatment of bronchospasm associated with bronchial asthma, emphysema and chronic bronchitis and other conditions associated with reversible airways obstruction. Levolin also decreases uterine contractility and arrests premature labor.
Uses of Levolin in details
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Levolin is used to prevent reversible airways obstruction occurring during asthma, infections of airway passages (bronchitis), lung disorder in which the flow of air to the lungs is blocked (emphysema), and other lung diseases.
Each 200 mcg/dose powder for inhalation solution contains Salbutamol sulphate equivalent to Levolin 200 mcg per metered dose. The dose, which the patient gets through the mouthpiece of the device is Levolin 180 mcg.
It contains lactose monohydrate (milk protein) as excipient.
The Levolin multiple dose powder inhaler contains 200 doses of finely powdered Levolin sulphate mixed in a small quantity of lactose. The amount of drug received by the patient (180 mcg/dose) corresponds to that from Levolin inhalation aerosol. The dose to be inhaled is released from the container by pressing the device between the thumb and forefinger. This is followed by inhalation through the device. As a result, Levolin particles are transferred to their target, the lungs. Use of the Levolin does not require coordination of actuation of the dose and inhalation.
Tablet:Adults: Usual Dose: 4 mg or 10 mL (2 tsp) of syrup. If adequate bronchodilation is not obtained, each single dose may be gradually increased to as much as 8 mg or 20 mL (4 tsp) of syrup.
To be taken every 6 or 8 hrs.
In some patients known to be unusually sensitive to β-adrenergic stimulant drugs who obtain adequate relief with 5 mL of syrup, it is advisable to initiate treatment with 5 mL (1 tsp) of syrup 3 or 4 times a day.
Children >12 years: 2-4 mg or 5-10 mL (1-2 tsp) of syrup; 6-12 years: 2 mg or 5 mL (1 tsp) of syrup; 2-6 years: 1-2 mg or 2.5-5 mL (½-1 tsp) of syrup.
Nebulizing Solution:Adults and Adolescents: Usual Dose: The usual initial dose of Levolin by wet inhalation is 2.5-5 mg. Treatment may be repeated up to 4 times daily. In adults, higher dosing up to 40 mg/day can be given under strict medical supervision in hospital for the treatment of severe airway obstruction.
Children up to 12 years: Dosage has not been established. Note: As there may be adverse effects associated with excessive dosing, the dosage or frequency of administration should only be increased on medical advice.
Administration: Levolin 1 mg/mL nebulizing solution for inhalation is given undiluted using a nebulizer, under the direction of a physician. However, if prolonged administration is desired (>10 min), the solution can be diluted with 0.9% sodium chloride solution.
Direction for Dilution/Prolonged Inhalation: Pipette 2.5-5 mL (equivalent to 2.5-5 mg Levolin, as sulfate) of Levolin nebulizing solution from the bottle by using a calibrated medicine dropper provided in the pack. Drop the solution into an electric nebulizer and dilute it with 2-4 mL normal saline solution and start inhalation. Any unused solution in the chamber of the nebulizer must be discarded. Repeat the same procedure every 8 hrs in a 24-hr period.
The concomitant use of Levolin (albuterol sulfate syrup) and other oral sympathomimetic agents is not recommended since such combined use may lead to deleterious cardiovascular effects. This recommendation does not preclude the judicious use of an aerosol bronchodilator of the adrenergic stimulant type in patients receiving Levolin (albuterol sulfate syrup). Such concomitant use, however, should be individualized and not given on a routine basis. If regular coadministration is required, then alternative therapy should be considered.
Beta-adrenergic receptor blocking agents not only block the pulmonary effect of beta-agonists, such as Levolin (albuterol sulfate syrup), but may produce severe bronchospasm in asthmatic patients. Therefore, patients with asthma should not normally be treated with beta-blockers. However, under certain circumstances, eg, as prophylaxis after myocardial infarction, there may be no acceptable alternatives to the use of beta-adrenergic blocking agents in patients with asthma. In this setting, cardioselective beta-blockers could be considered, although they should be administered with caution.
The ECG changes and/or hypokalemia that may result from the administration of nonpotassium-sparing diuretics (such as loop or thiazide diuretics) can be acutely worsened by beta-agonists, especially when the recommended dose of the beta-agonist is exceeded. Although the clinical significance of these effects is not known, caution is advised in the coadministration of beta-agonists with nonpotassium-sparing diuretics.
Mean decreases of 16% to 22% in serum digoxin levels were demonstrated after single dose intravenous and oral administration of albuterol, respectively, to normal volunteers who had received digoxin for 10 days. The clinical significance of these findings for patients with obstructive airway disease who are receiving albuterol and digoxin on a chronic basis is unclear. Nevertheless, it would be prudent to carefully evaluate the serum digoxin levels in patients who are currently receiving digoxin and albuterol.
Monoamine Oxidase Inhibitors or Tricyclic Antidepressants
Albuterol should be administered with extreme caution to patients being treated with monoamine oxidase inhibitors or tricyclic antidepressants, or within 2 weeks of discontinuation of such agents, because the action of albuterol on the vascular system may be potentiated.
The adverse reactions to albuterol are similar in nature to those of other sympathomimetic agents. In clinical trials, the most frequent adverse reactions to Levolin (albuterol sulfate syrup) in adults and older children were:
Percent Incidence of Adverse Reactions in Adults and Children (6-12 Years of Age)
Central Nervous System
Ear, Nose, and Throat
In clinical trials, the following adverse reactions to Levolin (albuterol sulfate syrup) were noted more frequently in young children 2 to 6 years of age than in adults and older children:
Percent Incidence of Adverse Reactions Noted More Frequently in Children 2 to 6 Years of Age Than in Older Children and Adults
Central Nervous System
Loss of appetite
Cases of urticaria, angioedema, rash, bronchospasm, oropharyngeal edema, and arrhythmias (including atrial fibrillation, supraventricular tachycardia, and extrasystoles) have been reported after the use of Levolin (albuterol sulfate syrup).
In addition, albuterol, like other sympathomimetic agents, can cause adverse reactions such as angina, central nervous system stimulation, drying or irritation of the oropharynx, hypertension, nausea, unusual taste, vertigo, and vomiting.
The reactions are generally transient in nature, and it is usually not necessary to discontinue treatment with Levolin (albuterol sulfate syrup). In selected cases, however, dosage may be reduced temporarily; after the reaction has subsided, dosage should be increased in small increments to the optimal dosage.
Hyperthyroidism and cardiac disease. Levolin may interact with monoamine oxidase inhibitors and should not be given to patients receiving such treatment or within 14 days after stopping treatment.
Use in pregnancy & lactation: Safety in pregnancy and lactating women has not been established.
Levolin is not indicated for the prevention of premature labor associated with toxemia of pregnancy or ante partum hemorrhage, nor should it be used for threatened abortion during the 1st and 2nd trimesters of pregnancy.
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