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What should I tell my doctor before taking albuterol?

Audrey K. Chun, MD
Geriatric Medicine
Before taking albuterol, tell your doctor if you have or have ever had an irregular heartbeat, heart disease, high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism (in which there is too much thyroid hormone in the body), diabetes or seizures, as all of these conditions may be exacerbated by albuterol. Albuterol should not be used if you are taking certain psychotropic drugs, so make sure your doctor is aware of these. Other serious drug interactions include beta blockers like metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol XL), and diuretics such as hydrochlorothiazide.

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