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Albuterol Pressurized inhalation, suspension

What is this medicine?

ALBUTEROL (al BYOO ter ole) is a bronchodilator. It helps open up the airways in your lungs to make it easier to breathe. This medicine is used to treat and to prevent bronchospasm.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:

  • diabetes

  • heart disease or irregular heartbeat

  • high blood pressure

  • pheochromocytoma

  • seizures

  • thyroid disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to albuterol, levalbuterol, sulfites, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is for inhalation through the mouth. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not use more often than directed. Make sure that you are using your inhaler correctly. Ask you doctor or health care provider if you have any questions.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • anti-infectives like chloroquine and pentamidine

  • caffeine

  • cisapride

  • diuretics

  • medicines for colds

  • medicines for depression or for emotional or psychotic conditions

  • medicines for weight loss including some herbal products

  • methadone

  • some antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, levofloxacin, and linezolid

  • some heart medicines

  • steroid hormones like dexamethasone, cortisone, hydrocortisone

  • theophylline

  • thyroid hormones

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve. Do not use extra albuterol. If your asthma or bronchitis gets worse while you are using this medicine, call your doctor right away.

If your mouth gets dry try chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy. Drink water as directed.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • chest pain

  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls

  • high blood pressure

  • irregular heartbeat

  • fever

  • muscle cramps or weakness

  • pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet

  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • cough

  • difficulty sleeping

  • headache

  • nervousness or trembling

  • stomach upset

  • stuffy or runny nose

  • throat irritation

  • unusual taste

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at room temperature between 15 and 30 degrees C (59 and 86 degrees F). The contents are under pressure and may burst when exposed to heat or flame. Do not freeze. This medicine does not work as well if it is too cold. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. Inhalers need to be thrown away after the labeled number of puffs have been used or by the expiration date; whichever comes first. Ventolin HFA should be thrown away 12 months after removing from foil pouch. Check the instructions that come with your medicine.

NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.


Albuterol Sulfate Nebulizer solution

What is this medicine?

ALBUTEROL (al BYOO ter ole) is a bronchodilator. It helps to open up the airways in your lungs to make it easier to breathe. This medicine is used to treat and to prevent bronchospasm.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:

  • diabetes

  • heart disease or irregular heartbeat

  • high blood pressure

  • pheochromocytoma

  • seizures

  • thyroid disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to albuterol, levalbuterol, sulfites, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

This medicine is used in a nebulizer. Nebulizers make a liquid into an aerosol that you breathe in through your mouth or your mouth and nose into your lungs. You will be taught how to use your nebulizer. Follow the directions on your prescription label. Take your medicine at regular intervals. Do not use more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not use double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • anti-infectives like chloroquine and pentamidine

  • caffeine

  • cisapride

  • diuretics

  • medicines for colds

  • medicines for depression or emotional or psychotic conditions

  • medicines for weight loss including some herbal products

  • methadone

  • some antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, levofloxacin, and linezolid

  • some heart medicines

  • steroid hormones like dexamethasone, cortisone, hydrocortisone

  • theophylline

  • thyroid hormones

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve. Do not use extra albuterol. Call your doctor right away if your asthma or bronchitis gets worse while you are using this medicine.

If your mouth gets dry try chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy. Drink water as directed.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • chest pain

  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls

  • high blood pressure

  • irregular heartbeat

  • fever

  • muscle cramps or weakness

  • pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet

  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • cough

  • difficulty sleeping

  • headache

  • nervousness, trembling

  • stomach upset

  • stuffy or runny nose

  • throat irritation

  • unusual taste

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store between 2 and 25 degrees C (36 and 77 degrees F). Do not freeze. Protect from light. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date. Most products are kept in the foil package until time of use. Some products can be used up to 1 week after they are removed from the foil pouch. Check the instructions that come with your medicine.

NOTE: This sheet is a summary. It may not cover all possible information. If you have questions about this medicine, talk to your doctor, pharmacist, or health care provider.


Albuterol Sulfate Oral syrup

What is this medicine?

ALBUTEROL (al BYOO ter ole) is a bronchodilator. It helps open up the airways in your lungs to make it easier to breathe. This medicine is used to treat and to prevent bronchospasm.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:

  • diabetes

  • heart disease or irregular heartbeat

  • high blood pressure

  • pheochromocytoma

  • seizures

  • thyroid disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to albuterol, levalbuterol, sulfites, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. Use a specially marked spoon or container to measure your dose. Household spoons are not accurate. Do not take more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • anti-infectives like chloroquine and pentamidine

  • caffeine

  • cisapride

  • diuretics

  • medicines for colds

  • medicines for depression or for emotional or psychotic conditions

  • medicines for weight loss including some herbal products

  • methadone

  • some antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, levofloxacin, and linezolid

  • some heart medicines

  • steroid hormones such as dexamethasone, cortisone, hydrocortisone

  • theophylline

  • thyroid hormones

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve. Do not use extra albuterol. If your asthma or bronchitis gets worse while you are using this medicine, call your doctor right away.

If your mouth gets dry try chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy. Drink water as directed.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • chest pain

  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls

  • high blood pressure

  • irregular heartbeat

  • fever

  • muscle cramps or weakness

  • pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet

  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • cough

  • difficulty sleeping

  • headache

  • fast heartbeat

  • nervousness, trembling

  • stuffy or runny nose

  • upset stomach

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store at a room temperature (59 to 86 degrees F). Do not freeze. Protect from light. Keep container tightly closed. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


Albuterol Sulfate Oral tablet

What is this medicine?

ALBUTEROL (al BYOO ter ole) is a bronchodilator. It helps open up the airways in your lungs to make it easier to breathe. This medicine is used to treat and to prevent bronchospasm.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:

  • diabetes

  • heart disease or irregular heartbeat

  • high blood pressure

  • pheochromocytoma

  • seizures

  • thyroid disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to albuterol, levalbuterol, sulfites, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. If this medicine upsets your stomach, take it with food or milk. Do not crush or chew extended-release tablets. Do not take more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • anti-infectives like chloroquine and pentamidine

  • caffeine

  • cisapride

  • diuretics

  • medicines for colds

  • medicines for depression or for emotional or psychotic conditions

  • medicines for weight loss including some herbal products

  • methadone

  • some antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, levofloxacin, and linezolid

  • some heart medicines

  • steroid hormones like dexamethasone, cortisone, hydrocortisone

  • theophylline

  • thyroid hormones

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve. Do not take extra doses. If your asthma or bronchitis gets worse while you are using this medicine, call your doctor right away.

If your mouth gets dry try chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy. Drink water as directed.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • chest pain

  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls

  • high blood pressure

  • irregular heartbeat

  • fever

  • muscle cramps or weakness

  • pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet

  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • cough

  • diarrhea

  • difficulty sleeping

  • fast heartbeat

  • headache

  • nervousness, trembling

  • stuffy or runny nose

  • upset stomach

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store Volmax ER tablets in the refrigerator (36 to 46 degrees F). Other tablets may be stored at room temperature (59 to 86 degrees F), check the packaging or ask your pharmacist. Keep container closed tightly. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


Albuterol Sulfate Oral tablet, extended-release

What is this medicine?

ALBUTEROL (al BYOO ter ole) is a bronchodilator. It helps open up the airways in your lungs to make it easier to breathe. This medicine is used to treat and to prevent bronchospasm.

This medicine may be used for other purposes; ask your health care provider or pharmacist if you have questions.

What should I tell my health care provider before I take this medicine?

They need to know if you have any of the following conditions:

  • diabetes

  • heart disease or irregular heartbeat

  • high blood pressure

  • pheochromocytoma

  • seizures

  • thyroid disease

  • an unusual or allergic reaction to albuterol, levalbuterol, sulfites, other medicines, foods, dyes, or preservatives

  • pregnant or trying to get pregnant

  • breast-feeding

How should I use this medicine?

Take this medicine by mouth. Follow the directions on the prescription label. If this medicine upsets your stomach, take it with food or milk. Do not crush or chew extended-release tablets. Do not take more often than directed.

Talk to your pediatrician regarding the use of this medicine in children. Special care may be needed.

Overdosage: If you think you have taken too much of this medicine contact a poison control center or emergency room at once.

NOTE: This medicine is only for you. Do not share this medicine with others.

What if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, take only that dose. Do not take double or extra doses.

What may interact with this medicine?

  • anti-infectives like chloroquine and pentamidine

  • caffeine

  • cisapride

  • diuretics

  • medicines for colds

  • medicines for depression or for emotional or psychotic conditions

  • medicines for weight loss including some herbal products

  • methadone

  • some antibiotics like clarithromycin, erythromycin, levofloxacin, and linezolid

  • some heart medicines

  • steroid hormones like dexamethasone, cortisone, hydrocortisone

  • theophylline

  • thyroid hormones

This list may not describe all possible interactions. Give your health care provider a list of all the medicines, herbs, non-prescription drugs, or dietary supplements you use. Also tell them if you smoke, drink alcohol, or use illegal drugs. Some items may interact with your medicine.

What should I watch for while using this medicine?

Tell your doctor or health care professional if your symptoms do not improve. Do not take extra doses. If your asthma or bronchitis gets worse while you are using this medicine, call your doctor right away.

If your mouth gets dry try chewing sugarless gum or sucking hard candy. Drink water as directed.

What side effects may I notice from receiving this medicine?

Side effects that you should report to your doctor or health care professional as soon as possible:

  • allergic reactions like skin rash, itching or hives, swelling of the face, lips, or tongue

  • breathing problems

  • chest pain

  • feeling faint or lightheaded, falls

  • high blood pressure

  • irregular heartbeat

  • fever

  • muscle cramps or weakness

  • pain, tingling, numbness in the hands or feet

  • vomiting

Side effects that usually do not require medical attention (report to your doctor or health care professional if they continue or are bothersome):

  • cough

  • diarrhea

  • difficulty sleeping

  • fast heartbeat

  • headache

  • nervousness, trembling

  • stuffy or runny nose

  • upset stomach

This list may not describe all possible side effects. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

Where should I keep my medicine?

Keep out of the reach of children.

Store Volmax ER tablets in the refrigerator (36 to 46 degrees F). Other tablets may be stored at room temperature (59 to 86 degrees F), check the packaging or ask your pharmacist. Keep container closed tightly. Throw away any unused medicine after the expiration date.


Broward Health now offers Pulmonary Rehabilitation

If you suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Diseases (COPD) such as asthma or emphysema, or have been diagnosed with other types of breathing disorders, every day can be challenging.

At the Pulmonary Rehabilitation Center, located in the Broward Health Wellness Center, our goal is to provide a comprehensive multidisciplinary program to help you manage and decrease your symptoms, reduce hospitalizations and improve your quality of life.  Whether you have been recently diagnosed or have lived with a disorder for years, our caring approach will help return you to the activities you enjoy.

Pulmonary Rehab at Broward General Medical Center

What is Pulmonary Rehabilitation?

Pulmonary rehabilitation is structured for ill patients with chronic respiratory problems whose pulmonary function has decreased, even after other medical treatment. It is also for patients who remain symptomatic, even if their pulmonary function has not decreased after other medical treatment.

The major benefits of Pulmonary Rehabilitation include:

  • improvement in quality of life
  • reduction in respiratory symptoms
  • increase in exercise tolerance and physical activity
  • improvement in psychological status with less anxiety

These benefits are accomplished through exercise, education and behavior modification. Blood pressure, heart rate and signs and symptoms are all monitored before and during each session by our team of specialists.

The Pulmonary Rehab Program

An individual program is designed by our team of pulmonary specialists.

 

  • Medically supervised
  • Meets 2-3 times per week
  • Utilizes a variety of exercise equipment
  • Education on a variety of pulmonary-related subjects:
    • Nutrition
    • Medications
    • Stress Management
    • Pertinent pulmonary issues

A Team Approach

Our team of specialists will create an individualized program based on exercise, counseling and education that will help you minimize exacerbations, reduce the isolation, anxiety and depression associated with breathing disorders and optimize your activity level. Our medical director, respiratory therapists, dietitians, athletic trainers, and behavioral health specialists are dedicated to providing the therapy and support you need to get the greatest benefit out of life.

During this phase, participants enjoy a personalized exercise program tailored to achieve their specific fitness goals. Upon completion of the program, patients are ready and able to continue their home exercise program or join the maintenance program at the Wellness Center.

Educational Topics Include

An individual program is designed by our team of pulmonary specialists.

  • Medically supervised
  • Meets 2-3 times per week
  • Utilizes a variety of exercise equipment
  • Education on a variety of pulmonary-related subjects

Benefits of a hospital-based program

Our hospital setting provides a highly specialized program in a safe environment. The pulmonary rehabilitation program is conducted by a team of highly trained specialists and includes:

  • Pulmonologist
  • Respiratory Therapist
  • Registered Nurse
  • Registered Dietitian
  • Psychologists
  • Exercise Physiologists

Exercise sessions take place at the Wellness Center where patients have access to a wide range of the latest exercise equipment and a diverse class schedule, including a variety of aerobics, strength training, yoga, tai chi, and Pilates.

Getting started

Most insurance companies reimburse for pulmonary rehabilitation. A prescription and insurance verification is required prior to starting the program.

To schedule an appointment or to receive more information about Pulmonary Rehab, please call 954-712-6446.

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