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How should I take albuterol syrup?

Albuterol syrup is taken by mouth to treat asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), usually several times a day.

The typical starting dose for anyone older than 14 is 2 milligrams (mg), which is 1 teaspoon, or 4 mg, which is 2 teaspoons, three or four times a day. The drug is effective for up to six hours. Your doctor will tell you how much to take each time, how often and at what intervals. Follow his directions exactly: Taking too much of this medicine can cause serious -- even life-threatening -- side effects, including breathing problems. If you have questions about how to use this medicine, ask your doctor or pharmacist.

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