Albuterol Syrup Side Effects

Shakiness, nervousness, and headaches are some of the most common side effects reported with albuterol syrup. Side effects that are less common (occurring in less than 1 percent of people) include dilated pupils, weakness, and cough. Although albuterol syrup side effects are, in most cases, minor and do not require medical attention, certain side effects may be more serious and should be reported to a healthcare provider right away. Notify your healthcare provider immediately if you develop high blood pressure, diabetes, or worsening breathing problems.

Albuterol Syrup Side Effects: An Introduction

As with any medicine, there are possible side effects with albuterol syrup (albuterol sulfate); however, not everyone who takes albuterol syrup will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate albuterol syrup well. When side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor and either require no treatment or can be easily treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with albuterol syrup. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of albuterol syrup side effects with you.)

Common Albuterol Syrup Side Effects

Albuterol syrup has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials in which a group of people taking the drug have side effects documented and compared to another group not taking the medicine. This way, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
In these studies, the most common albuterol syrup side effects in adults and children age 6 to 14 included:
  • Shakiness (tremor) -- in up to 10 percent of people
  • Nervousness -- up to 9 percent
  • Headaches -- up to 4 percent
  • Dizziness -- up to 3 percent
  • Increased appetite -- up to 3 percent
  • Hyperactivity -- up to 2 percent
  • Excitement -- up to 2 percent
  • Insomnia -- up to 1 percent
  • Bloody nose -- up to 1 percent.
Common side effects in younger children (age two through six) included:
  • Excitement -- in up to 20 percent of children
  • Nervousness -- up to 15 percent
  • Increased muscle activity -- up to 4 percent
  • Insomnia -- up to 2 percent
  • Fast heart rate (tachycardia) -- up to 2 percent
  • Loss of appetite -- up to 1 percent
  • Conjunctivitis ("pinkeye") -- up to 1 percent
  • Pale skin -- up to 1 percent.
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