Pediatric and Off-Label Indications for Albuterol Syrup
Albuterol syrup is approved for use in children ages two and older. Albuterol syrup has not been adequately studied in children under two years old. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about the best ways to treat childhood asthma.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend albuterol syrup for treating something other than the conditions discussed above. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, off-label uses of albuterol syrup include the treatment of the following conditions:
- High potassium in the blood (hyperkalemia)
- Difficulty breathing associated with respiratory infections, such as pneumonia or the flu.
Although it is not usually thought of as a medication that can be abused, albuterol syrup is sometimes used inappropriately for other uses, such as to lose weight, improve athletic performance, or to achieve a stimulant "high" (see Albuterol Abuse for more information).