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Does salbutamol have any other uses?

One possible side effect of salbutamol is hypokalemia, or low potassium levels in the blood. The cause of this side effect is uncertain. Some doctors have started taking advantage of this side effect and have begun to prescribe salbutamol to treat people with high levels of potassium in the blood, or hyperkalemia. Salbutamol was not clinically tested for the purpose of treating abnormally high potassium, so hyperkalemia is not included on the drug label and is not FDA approved for this use.

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