15.02 Albuterol (Ventolin)

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Generic Name

Albuterol

Trade Name

Proventil

Indication

Bronchodilator used to prevent airway obstruction in asthma and COPD

Action

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

Therapeutic Class

Bronchodilator

Pharmacologic Class

Adrenergic

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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