Pediatric Medication: Albuterol

Pediatric Medication: Albuterol


Bronchial tubes or the tubes leading to the lungs need to be open and relaxed. However, a lot of children suffer from restricted airflow because the muscles around the bronchial tube constrict and squeeze tight. This makes it difficult for children to get the air they need, causing excessive coughing or wheezing.

Albuterol is a prescription drug used for opening up the bronchial tubes. This bronchodilator allows easy airflow. Albuterol relaxes the muscles around the bronchial tubes for alleviating symptoms. The medication may be prescribed by your child’s pediatrician for a broad range of breathing issues, including allergy-related wheezing and asthma.

American Integrative Pharmacy (AIP), led by Dr. Neema Yazdanpanah, provides safe and proven compounding medications to patients in Long Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles, South Bay Orange County, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes, Southern California areas, and online nationwide.

Side Effects and Dosage of Albuterol

A pediatrician will typically recommend providing albuterol every 4 – 6 hours for as long as it is required. It may take up to a week if your child has an acute form of some illness. In case of chronic illness, such as asthma or allergies the doctor will recommend providing albuterol whenever the child exposed to a wheezing trigger. It is safe to use albuterol whenever required unlike other medication. You don’t need to worry about any weaning period.

Most children experience mild and few side effects to albuterol. Rapid heartbeat, jitteriness, and flushing are the most common side effects. These manifest as hyperactivity in some children. The side effects will go away in just 15 minutes for most children. It’s an astute idea to get in touch with your pediatrician if the side effects persist for a longer period of time. This is particularly true if the symptoms make you hesitate in administering the medicine.

Albuterol can be consumed in liquid form or inhaled. Generally, liquid albuterol is used for infants. However, it doesn’t provide the same amount of relief as the inhaled version. Also, liquid albuterol may have more intense side effects. The majority of doctors suggest consuming inhaled albuterol for wheezing children. This can be administered through an inhaler, nebulizer, or an inhaler and spacer.

Administering Albuterol

Inhalers are the most common form of administering albuterol. An inhaler is usually shaped like a boot with one end looking like a mouthpiece, while the other end contains the medicine canister. Albuterol can result in tremendous relief when used in the correct form. This is especially true in the case of children struggling with breathing issues, such as asthma.

Missed Dose

You should know the following in case your child misses a dose:

  • Give the missed dose as soon as you remember
  • Skip the missed dose if it is almost time for the next one
  • Never give extra doses or two doses together
  • Generally, albuterol is provided on an as needed basis. Don’t give your child more drug than what is needed

AIP provides advanced compounding pharmacy solutions, including online prescription refills to patients in Long Beach, Torrance, Los Angeles, South Bay Orange County, Redondo Beach, Palos Verdes, Southern California areas, and online nationwide.

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American Integrative Pharmacy is located in Torrance, CA serving residents in and around Orange County, Los Angeles, Long Beach, Lomita and surrounding areas. Online prescription sales are available across the US.

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