What should I know about salbutamol before taking it?

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Certain kinds of medications may make the salbutamol ineffective or cause additional side effects when taken together. So unless necessary as prescribed by your doctor, salbutamol should not be used at the same time as beta- blockers, diuretics that aren't made to protect potassium levels, digoxin, monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors, and tricyclic antidepressants. If you have a history of reaction to any product containing albuterol, let your doctor know, because salbutamol is the same ingredient as albuterol. Because of the way the drug stimulates the nervous system, people prone to heart problems, circulation or blood pressure problems, hyperthyroidism, recurrent seizures, or diabetes should be especially careful using this drug. In general, people with kidney problems should be aware that this condition might cause the drug to take longer to clear out of the body and could heighten its effects. Salbutamol may lower potassium levels in the blood, so people with hypokalemia should also be careful when taking this drug. Only some brands of salbutamol have been tested in children younger than four years old. There has not been much experience using the drug in pregnant or nursing women. As a precaution based on some animal studies, nursing mothers should discuss with their doctors whether or not to stop taking the drug or to stop nursing.