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How should I take albuterol sulfate?

How you take albuterol, a drug used to treat asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, depends on the formulation your doctor has prescribed. All forms of albuterol are taken by mouth, and include tablets, syrups and inhaled versions. Each has different dosing schedules, as follows:
  • regular tablets and syrup -- 3 to 4 times a day
  • extended-release tablets -- every 12 hours
  • inhaled albuterol -- every 4 to 6 hours, as needed
When you are prescribed albuterol, follow your doctor's instructions exactly and ask about anything you don't understand.

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