Generic Drug Name: Albuterol
Other Common Names: Salbutamol, Accuneb
Albuterol is most commonly used to treat cases of bronchitis and asthma. It is used to help relax and open the airways in felines, canines, and horses. Albuterol is also used in the treatment of hyperkalemia when associated with renal failure.
Side effects most commonly associated with Albuterol are tachycardia, muscle tremors, nervousness, and dizziness. Most, if not all, side effects of Albuterol are dose related and are generally mild. Albuterol should not be used in animals with any underlying heart disease, high blood pressure, seizures, hyperthyroidism or diabetes. Animals who are pregnant or nursing should not take Albuterol.
Albuterol should not be used in animals with a known allergy or hypersensitivity to the drug. Emergency veterinary care should be sought if an animal experiences high body temperature or vomiting.
Albuterol should be stored in a cool, dry place at room temperature and away from heat and direct sunlight.
Albuterol is available in tablets, capsules, syrups, and aerosol.
A typical dose range for Albuterol in dogs is 0.05mg/kg PO q8-12h. Dose may vary in different species, when the drug is given by a different route or concurrently with other medications, and with regards to a patient's age, breed, and health status. A veterinarian's dosing instructions and/or those printed on the medication label should be followed closely.
If a dose is missed, it should be administered as soon as possible. If it is almost time for the subsequent dose, the missed dose should be skipped and the regular administration schedule resumed. Two doses of Albuterol should not be administered at the same time.