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What are the side effects of albuterol?

Like most drugs, albuterol may cause side effects in some people. In rare cases, taking the drug may cause a severe allergic reaction that leads to difficulty breathing, swelling in the face or throat and hives. Other serious side effects are chest tightness, trouble breathing, heart palpitations, changes in blood pressure, seizures, confusion, blurred vision, buzzing in ears and muscle weakness. If these symptoms develop, get medical attention right away. Taking albuterol may also lead to a condition called paradoxical bronchospasm, which exacerbates breathing problems.

Other less serious side effects may include irregular or very fast heartbeat, heart palpitations, breathing difficulties, changes in blood pressure, respiratory tract infections, nausea, diarrhea, dizziness, nervousness, tremors, cough and stuffy or runny nose.

Other side effects are possible, so talk to your doctor if any new or unusual symptoms develop while taking albuterol.  

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