Are there any risks in taking albuterol?

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In rare cases, when taking albuterol an allergic reaction or serious side effect can occur. Do not take albuterol if you are allergic. If you experience hives, swelling, itching or other allergic reaction symptoms, seek medical attention. Albuterol decreases the level of potassium in the blood, which can lead to hypokalemia. Albuterol can also interact with some medications, including heart disease medications and over-the-counter cold and cough remedies, such as pseudoephedrine. Do not take any medications with albuterol unless you have first discussed these with your doctor. Rarely, albuterol can cause paradoxical bronchospasm, a life threatening condition where breathing worsens. No sufficient studies have determined whether albuterol causes birth defects in newborns. The benefits of controlling asthma during pregnancy may outweigh the risks associated with albuterol. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while taking albuterol.

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