SN instructed patient / caregiver on albuterol. SN explained that albuterol is a bronchodilator indicated in COPD for opening of the airways and decrease shortness of breath. SN explained that side effects include: nervousness, restlessness, tremor, chest pain, palpitations, headache, insomnia. SN instructed to notify physician immediately if shortness of breath is not relieved or is accompanied by diaphoresis, dizziness, palpitations, or chest pain.
SN instructed patient thas the albuterol it is used to treat wheezing and shortness of breath caused by breathing problems such as asthma. SN instructed patient that albuterol belongs to a class of drugs known as bronchodilators. It works in the airways by opening breathing passages and relaxing muscles. Side effects: Nervousness, shaking (tremor), headache, nausea or dizziness may occur. Understanding was verbalized.
Albuterol (also known as salbutamol) is used to treat wheezing and shortness of breath caused by breathing problems such as asthma. Albuterol belongs to a class of drugs known as bronchodilators. It works in the airways by opening breathing passages and relaxing muscles. SIDE EFFECTS: Nervousness, shaking (tremor), headache, nausea or dizziness may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, tell your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Instructed in new medication Albuterol to prevent or treat bronchospasm in patients with reversible obstructive airway disease. In addition, warned of possible S/E such as tremor, nervousness, dizziness, insomnia, headache, hyperactivity, weakness, CNS stimulation, malaise, tachycardia, palpitations, hypertension, dry and irritated nose and throat (with inhaled form), nasal congestion, epistaxis, hoarseness, heartburn, nausea, vomiting, anorexia, bad taste in mouth, increased appetite, hypokalemia, muscle cramps, bronchospasm, cough, wheezing, dyspnea, bronchitis, increased sputum or hypersensitivity reactions. Warned patient about possibility of paradoxical bronchospasm. If this occurs, discontinue drug immediately. If more than one inhalation is ordered, instructed to wait at least 2 minutes before repeating procedure. Use of an aero chamber may improve drug delivery to the lungs. If steroid inhaler used, advised to use the bronchodilator first and then advised to wait about 5 minutes before using the steroid. This allows the bronchodilator to open the air passages for maximum effectiveness. Advised to remove canister and wash inhaler with warm, soapy water at least once a week.
Instructed to perform oral inhalation correctly: Shake the inhaler. Clear nasal passages and throat. Breathe out, expelling as much air from lungs as possible. Place mouthpiece well into mouth as dose from inhaler is released and inhale deeply. Hold breath for several seconds, remove mouthpiece and exhale slowly. Or, inhaler may be held about 1 inch (two finger widths) from open mouth; inhale while dose is released.