1999-2002 Questions and Answers
Drug Information Center: Asthma
Question: I have had asthma ever since I was born. I've been on albuterol for the past 15 years. My question is, does albuterol have a tendency to make people eat more. I work-out all the time and I feel I should be more fit than I am. When my asthma was under control for about a year I was able to become very thin and fit. Now my asthma is not as good and I cannot get back to where I was. Thanks for the info.
Answer: I am not aware of individuals experiencing weight gain due to the medication albuterol. If your asthma is not being adequately controlled with this medication, you may not be as physically active as when your asthma was well controlled. This may result in your workouts not being as efficient or as effective as they once were. I would strongly encourage you to discuss your asthma symptoms with your healthcare provider to determine if another medication or an additional medication may be needed to adequately control your asthma on a continual basis.
Sondra May, Pharm.D., Drug Information Pharmacist, Denver, CO
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