Albuterol Dosage Guide

Albuterol Dosage Guide

ALBUTEROL (al-byoo-ter-awl) AccuNeb, Proventil, Ventodisk, Ventolin bronchodilator Pregnancy Category C


Asthma or COPD-induced reversible airway obstruction, acute bronchospasm, prevention of exerciseinduced bronchospasm, long-term control of chronic/persistent bronchospasm.

  • Therapeutic Effects:  


  • DOSAGE Guide

PO: Adults and Children > 12: 2–4 mg 3–4 times daily; 4–8 mg twice daily for extended-release tablets.

Children 6–12 yr: 2 mg 3–4 times daily.

Children 2–6 yr: 0.1 mg/kg 3 times daily.

Geriatrics: 2 mg 3–4 times daily.

Inhalation: Adults and Children 2–12 yr: Via nebulization or IPPB: 1.25–2.5 mg 3–4 times daily.

Adults and Children >4 yr: Via Rotahaler inhalation device: 200 ug as Ventolin Rotacaps q 4–6 h up to 400 ug q 4–6 h.

Adults and Children > 4 yr: Via metered-dose inhaler—2 inhalations q 4–6 h.


PO: Administer oral medication with meals to minimize gastric irritation.

Inhalation: Allow at least 1 minute between inhalations of aerosol medication. For nebulization or IPPB, the 0.5–0.83-, 1-, and 2-mg/mL solutions do not require dilution before administration. The 5 mg/mL solution must be diluted with 2.5 mL of 0.9% NaCl for inhalation.


Nervousness, restlessness, tremor, chest pain, palpitations, angina, arrhythmias, hypertension, hypokalemia.


Hypersensitivity to adrenergic amines or hypersensitivity to fluorocarbons inhaler.


Excessive use may lead to tolerance and paradoxical bronchospasm. • Use with MAO inhibitors may lead to hypertensive crisis. • Beta-blockers may negate therapeutic effect.

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