The most identified medication associated with asthma is the drug Accuneb, whose generic name is Albuterol. Patients who require this medication normally suffer from the most severe symptoms of asthma - including tightness of the chest, cough, wheezing and difficulty in breathing. This medication is prescribed in order to relax the muscles of the lungs and relieve the difficulty in breathing. It is also an effective treatment for pulmonary diseases other than asthma.
Dosage And Administration Of Accuneb
The dosage and administration of Accuneb will be dependent on the severity and nature of the patient’s asthma. Accuneb comes in the form of liquid solution which is fitted in either an inhaler or a nebulizer. It is used at least once every six hours to treat lung diseases, and once every 15 to 30 minutes to improve breathing.
You should ask your doctor for the exact dosage based on the symptoms. He will ascertain the correct amount of Accuneb per dose and the frequency. Never change the dose without consulting your doctor. If you see that Accuneb does not correct the symptoms - or in the event that the symptoms worsen after administering the drug, then you should call or see your doctor at once.
However, if the symptoms improve before the completion of the prescription period, then you should also ask your doctor to know whether or not you should still continue taking Accuneb. Don’t stop taking the medication unless advised by your doctor.
Accuneb is used through inhalers and comes in canister form. Each canister is good for 200 inhalations. Once the canister is consumed, you should dispose it right away and open another canister. Some canister do not have counters so in this case, you need to monitor the number of inhalations you have used up so you will know when the canister is empty. The Accuneb inhaler is compatible only with the Accuneb aerosol canister. Do not use another brand of medicine with it.
Care must be observed in using the inhaler and the nebulizer. It must not be used where there is a source of heat or flame. The contents may explode when it becomes exposed to very high temperatures. Take the precaution that it must not come in contact with your eyes.
In the event this happens, the solution should be washed off immediately with water. Ask your doctor on the right way of using the inhaler or nebulizer. If possible, let him be around when you first use it. The child who will take it should be taught how to use it under the presence of the parents or guardian.
Contraindications Of Accuneb
Extra caution must be taken by patients who have histories of allergies, hypertension, heart illness, hyperthyroidism, and diabetes. The doctor should know what medicines or herbal food supplements the patient is currently taking. Pregnant and lactating women are considered as special cases. This way, the doctor may need to adjust the dosage if any of the above mentioned conditions are present.
Normally, there are side effects observed with patients who take Accuneb. Mild cases of wamble, emesis, cephalalgia, throat irritation, and coughing have been reported. If these conditions persist or worsen while taking Accuneb, you should consult your doctor immediately. Other alarming signs include rashes, chest pains, difficulty in swallowing, hoarseness, itching, and swelling.
Accuneb must be stored properly at room temperature and kept out children’s reach. Also, it should also be stored in a cool, dry place. For your own safety, you can ask your doctor for more details on the proper handling, storage and disposal of Accuneb.
Composition Of Accuneb
The following is the structural formula of Accuneb:
- Molecular formula : C13H21NO3
- Molecular weight: 239.311 g/mol
- Chemical name: 2-(hydroxymethyl)-4-(1-hydroxy-2-tert-butylamino-ethyl)-phenol
- Accuneb availability: 0.63 mg/3ml syrup, 2mg/5ml syrup, 2mg tablets, 4mg tablets
Generic name: Albuterol
Brand names: Xopenex, Volmax, Volma, Ventolin, Venetlin, Sultranol, Salbuvent, Salbutine, Salbutard, Salbutamol, Salbulin, Rotahaler, Proventil, Loftan, Ecovent, Cobutolin, Cetsim, Broncovaleas, Albuterol sulfate, and Aerolin.
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