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How does salbutamol interact with other medications or foods?

There are several kinds of drugs that interact negatively with salbutamol (also called albuterol), so they should not be taken at the same time unless prescribed together by a doctor. Salbutamol affects the nervous system in the same way as monoamine oxidase (MAO) inhibitors and tricyclic antidepressants do, which can increase the severity of cardiovascular side effects. Some kinds of diuretics can lower potassium levels in the blood, which is also a side effect of salbutamol. Salbutamol activates beta receptors, so beta-blocking drugs may render it ineffective. People taking digoxin should know that salbutamol could decrease its intended effects. Other drugs that should not be taken at the same time as salbutamol are furazolidone, linezolid, and procarbazine. You should also discuss with your doctor any other current bronchodilator medications you may be taking. There are no foods that are specifically prohibited for someone taking salbutamol. In general, you should talk with your doctor about your diet, as well as any prescription or over-the-counter medications, supplements, vitamins, or herbs you may be taking to avoid contraindications with a new medication.

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