The dosage of albuterol is dependent on a number of factors including the age and weight of the patient. The following HealthHearty article elaborates more usage of this medication.
Albuterol is a bronchodilator that does the job of dilating the air passages, thereby helping to improve free flow of air in and out of the lungs. This medicinal drug is commonly prescribed to treat patients suffering from asthma and chronic bronchitis.
The key to avoid or considerably minimize side effects of this medication is to take it in the prescribed dosage as recommended by the doctor. The right dosage will vary according to the patient’s age and severity of the condition.
Different Forms of Albuterol
Albuterol sold at various drugstores is available in the form of tablets and liquids. The medicine is also available in the form of inhalers, which provide immediate relief from breathing problems. Obviously, the dosage will vary depending on whether it is a tablet or a liquid solution.
Dosage for Children
Children who are in the age group of 6-13 years are given 8 mg tablets daily. However, this dosage is also divided and the patient is asked to take one 4 mg tablet in the morning and another 4 mg tablet in the evening. In severe cases, the child is given 8 mg tablets two times in a day. However, initially, 2 mg dosage is given 3-4 times a day.
Dosage for Adults
The dosage for children over 13 years of age and adults will not differ. Initial dosage begins at 8 mg twice daily, which can go up to 16 mg twice daily for severe asthma problems.
The doctor first checks the weight of the child and then decides the dosage. In general, children in the age group of 6-15 years are given a teaspoon of albuterol 3 to 4 times daily. The dosage for children more than 15 years of age as well as adults, could be increased to 6 mg 3 to 4 times daily.
It is observed that increased dosage does help to control acute asthma problems but still, one has to consult a doctor to take medicine in higher doses. On the whole, abuse of this medication has to be strictly avoided.
Disclaimer: The information provided in this article is solely for educating the reader. It is not intended to be a substitute for the advice of a medical expert.