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What is salbutamol?

Salbutamol is another name for the generic drug albuterol. This kind of drug is called a bronchodilator. It is breathed into the lungs with the help of an inhaler or atomizer. This drug works by relaxing the airway muscles to make breathing easier for people who have lung problems like asthma, bronchitis, or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). People whose lungs tighten up after they exercise may also use it to prevent a spasm. In the United States, salbutamol is the medicine in the prescription bronchodilators Proventil, Ventolin, Accuneb, and ProAir.

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