No. The insert does not state that chest pains and drowsiness are side effects of albuterol. It states that based upon a given number of experimental tests with a large number of subjects a certain percentage experienced these effects. That is to say there is a potential to cause these problems amongst a small portion of the population. Many people experience NO effects. I have used albuterol for years and have never experienced chest pain or drowsiness.
The funny thing is that on my medication (it is albuterol) it says that chest pains and drowsiness ARE side effects so im not so much worried about that. it's just the over whelming sensationg that i have to burp that im worried about because it is extremely uncomfortable. I also am using my inhaler correctly. i know this for a fact because my doctor showed me how to use it and watched me do it, and said it was correct. I called my doctor to try to talk to him about it but unfortunately he is out of office until next wednesday. So i guess im just going to wait until then and not take the inhaler unless i feel it is life threatening. Thank you so much.
I would get your doctor to send you for lung function tests. This will show if there is any changes in the lungs due to asthma, another disease or if it is something non-lung based.
They will also be able to show you how to properly use your inhaler. (tip that worked for me was to start inhaling BEFORE you press it down, look upwards towards a clock or something on the wall and make sure you inhale slowly for 5 whole seconds - which is insanely hard for me).
There are many degrees of asthma. The albuterol inhaler should be kept with you at all times, even if you don't have an episode for weeks. Albuterol sulfate should not be causing any serious side effects. Drowsiness is not a common side effect, although I suppose there are some people that have all kinds of oddball effects from medication. As Tammy2009 stated, proper use of the inhaler is important. Most people don't use the inhaler properly. Shake it. Exhale completely, Inhale as it is discharged, and hold your breath for several seconds. Commonly Albuterol is prescribed together with a second inhaler of ipratropium bromide HFA. Neither should cause drowsiness, burping or chest pains.
Thank you for responding. the inhaler that i have is albuterol. I thought that drowsiness was a common side effect?
Can't say that I get that symptom but everyone is different. What inhaler is it? Ventolin or a steroid one?
Ventolin normally increases heart rate and makes you shaky. I don't know of any inhalers that make you drowsy? (although I get horrible fatigue with asthma attacks because it's so hard to breathe)
If the inhaler isn' working properly (or improper technique, you'd be surprised how few people use their inhalers properly), you could be taking in a big breathe and because of the narrowing from the asthma attack, the air is trapped and becomes uncomfortable.