15.02 Albuterol (Ventolin)

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Bronchodilator used to prevent airway obstruction in asthma and COPD


Binds to Beta2 adrenergic receptors in the airway leading to relaxation of the smooth muscles in the airways

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Nursing Considerations

• May decrease the effectiveness of Beta Blockers
• Use caution with
○ Heart disease
○ Diabetes
○ Glaucoma
○ Seizure disorder
• Overuse of inhalers can lead to bronchospasm
• Monitor for chest pain and palpitations
• Can decrease digoxin levels

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