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What is Salbutamol / Guaifenesin?

Salbutamol / Guaifenesin is used for Cough, Asthma, Respiratory disease, Lung disorder, Chest congestion and other conditions. This salt combination may also be used for purposes not listed in this medication guide. Detailed information related to Salbutamol / Guaifenesin's uses, side-effects, reviews, questions, interactions, and precautions is as follows:

Salbutamol / Guaifenesin Uses

Salbutamol / Guaifenesin is used for the treatment, control, prevention, & improvement of the following diseases, conditions and symptoms:
References: 1, 2, 3
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Salbutamol / Guaifenesin Working, Mechanism of Action and Pharmacology

Salbutamol / Guaifenesin improves the patient's condition by performing the following functions:
References: 4, 5

Salbutamol / Guaifenesin - Side-effects

The following is a list of possible side-effects that may occur in medicines that contain Salbutamol / Guaifenesin. This is not a comprehensive list. These side-effects are possible, but do not always occur. Some of the side-effects may be rare but serious. Consult your doctor if you observe any of the following side-effects, especially if they do not go away.
  • Feeling shaky
  • Cough
  • Tightness in the chest
  • Hoarseness
  • Hyperactivity in children
  • Shortness of breath
  • Salbutamol / Guaifenesin may also cause side-effects not listed here.
If you notice other side-effects not listed above, contact your doctor for medical advice. You may also report side-effects to your local food and drug administration authority.
References: 4, 6
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Salbutamol / Guaifenesin - Precautions & How to Use

Before using Salbutamol / Guaifenesin, inform your doctor about your current list of medications, over the counter products (e.g. vitamins, herbal supplements, etc.), allergies, pre-existing diseases, and current health conditions (e.g. pregnancy, upcoming surgery, etc.). Some health conditions may make you more susceptible to the side-effects of the drug. Take as directed by your doctor or follow the direction printed on the product insert. Dosage is based on your condition. Tell your doctor if your condition persists or worsens. Important counseling points are listed below.
  • Always keep the inhaler upright during the loading of the dose
  • Always replace the inhaler cap after use
  • Consult your doctor if you have overactive thyroid gland
  • Consult your doctor immediately if you develop breathing difficulty, swelling on your face, neck throat or tongue
  • Do not use for longer than recommended
  • During use, regularly wipe the mouthpiece with a fibre-free tissue

Salbutamol / Guaifenesin - Drug Interactions

If you use other drugs or over the counter products at the same time, the effects of Salbutamol / Guaifenesin may change. This may increase your risk for side-effects or cause your drug not to work properly. Tell your doctor about all the drugs, vitamins, and herbal supplements you are using, so that you doctor can help you prevent or manage drug interactions. Salbutamol / Guaifenesin may interact with the following drugs and products:
  • Aminophylline
  • Atomoxetine
  • Digoxin
  • Drugs used for depression
  • Furosemide
  • Methyldopa
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Salbutamol / Guaifenesin - Contraindications

Hypersensitivity to Salbutamol / Guaifenesin is a contraindication. In addition, Salbutamol / Guaifenesin should not be used if you have the following conditions:
  • Allergic reactions
  • Antepartum haemorrhage
  • Breastfeeding
  • Breathing difficulty
  • Cardiac disease
  • Cardiovascular disease
Learn more: Contraindications

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Salbutamol / Guaifenesin - Frequently asked Questions

  • Is Salbutamol / Guaifenesin safe to consume or apply when pregnant?
    • Salbutamol: Please consult with your doctor for case-specific recommendations.
    • Guaifenesin: No
  • Is Salbutamol / Guaifenesin safe while breastfeeding?
    • Salbutamol: Please discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
    • Guaifenesin: No
  • Can Salbutamol / Guaifenesin be used for cough and asthma?
    Yes, cough and asthma are among the most common reported uses for Salbutamol / Guaifenesin. Please do not use Salbutamol / Guaifenesin for cough and asthma without consulting first with your doctor. Click here and view survey results to find out what other patients report as common uses for Salbutamol / Guaifenesin.
  • How long do I need to use Salbutamol / Guaifenesin before I see improvement of my conditions? website users have reported same day and within 2 hours as the most common time it takes before they saw improvements in their conditions. These times may not be reflective of what you may experience or how you should use this medicine. Please consult with your doctor to check how long do you need to use Salbutamol / Guaifenesin. Click here and view survey results to find out what other patients report as time for effectiveness for Salbutamol / Guaifenesin.
  • Should I consume Salbutamol / Guaifenesin empty stomach, before food or after food? website users have most commonly reported consuming Salbutamol / Guaifenesin after food. However, this may not be reflective of how you should consume this medicine. Please follow your doctor's advice on how you should use this medicine. Click here and view survey results to find out what other patients report as timing of using Salbutamol / Guaifenesin.
  • Is it safe to drive or operate heavy machinery when consuming?
    If you experience drowsiness, dizziness, hypotension or a headache as side-effects when using Salbutamol / Guaifenesin medicine then it may not be safe to drive a vehicle or operate heavy machinery. One should not drive a vehicle if using the medicine makes you drowsy, dizzy or lowers your blood-pressure extensively. Pharmacists also advise patients not to drink alcohol with medicines as alcohol intensifies drowsiness side-effects. Please check for these effects on your body when using Salbutamol / Guaifenesin. Always consult with your doctor for recommendations specific to your body and health conditions.
  • Is this medicine or product addictive or habit forming?
    Most medicines don't come with a potential for addiction or abuse. Usually, government's categorizes medicines that can be addictive as controlled substances. Examples include schedule H or X in India and schedule II-V in the US. Please consult the product package to make sure that the medicine does not belong to such special categorizations of medicines. Lastly, do not self-medicate and increase your body's dependence to medicines without the advice of a doctor.
  • Can it be stopped immediately or do I have to slowly ween off consumption?
    Some medicines need to be tapered or cannot be stopped immediately because of rebound effects. Please consult with your doctor for recommendations specific to your body, health and other medications that you may be using.

Other important Information on Salbutamol / Guaifenesin

Missing a dose

In case you miss a dose, use it as soon as you notice. If it is close to the time of your next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your dosing schedule. Do not use extra dose to make up for a missed dose. If you are regularly missing doses, consider setting an alarm or asking a family member to remind you. Please consult your doctor to discuss changes in your dosing schedule or a new schedule to make up for missed doses, if you have missed too many doses recently.
References: 7, 8, 9, 10

Overdosage of Salbutamol / Guaifenesin

  • Do not use more than prescribed dose. Taking more medication will not improve your symptoms; rather they may cause poisoning or serious side-effects. If you suspect that you or anyone else who may have overdosed of Salbutamol / Guaifenesin, please go to the emergency department of the closest hospital or nursing home. Bring a medicine box, container, or label with you to help doctors with necessary information.
  • Do not give your medicines to other people even if you know that they have the same condition or it seems that they may have similar conditions. This may lead to overdosage.
  • Please consult your physician or pharmacist or product package for more information.
References: 11, 12, 13

Storage of Salbutamol / Guaifenesin

  • Store medicines at room temperature, away from heat and direct light. Do not freeze medicines unless required by package insert. Keep medicines away from children and pets.
  • Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into drainage unless instructed to do so. Medication discarded in this manner may contaminate the environment. Please consult your pharmacist or doctor for more details on how to safely discard Salbutamol / Guaifenesin.
References: 14, 15, 16, 17

Expired Salbutamol / Guaifenesin

  • Taking a single dose of expired Salbutamol / Guaifenesin is unlikely to produce an adverse event. However, please discuss with your primary health provider or pharmacist for proper advice or if you feel unwell or sick. Expired drug may become ineffective in treating your prescribed conditions. To be on the safe side, it is important not to use expired drug. If you have a chronic illness that requires taking medicine constantly such as heart condition, seizures, and life-threatening allergies, you are much safer keeping in touch with your primary health care provider so that you can have a fresh supply of unexpired medications.
References: 18, 19

Dosage Information

Please consult your physician or pharmacist or refer to product package.

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Salbutamol / Guaifenesin - Demographic Information


  1. DailyMed LABEL: ALBUTEROL- albuterol aerosol, metered - Accessed: October 12, 2016. (Accessed on 2/25/17)
  2. Smith SM, Schroeder K, Fahey T (2008). Smith SM, ed. "Over-the-counter medications for acute cough in children and adults in ambulatory settings". Cochrane Database Syst Rev (1): CD001831. doi:10.1.CD001831.pub3. PMID 18253996. - Accessed: October 12, 2016.
  3. Bennett RM, De Garmo P, Clark SR (1996). "A Randomized, Prospective, 12 Month Study To Compare The Efficacy Of Guaifenesin Versus Placebo In The Management Of Fibromyalgia" (reprint). Arthritis and Rheumatism. 39 (Supplement9): S212. doi:10.1002/art.1780391402. - Accessed: October 12, 2016.
  4. DailyMed LABEL: ALBUTEROL- albuterol aerosol, metered - Accessed: October 12, 2016.
  5. DailyMed LABEL: CODEINE-GUAIFENESIN- codeine phosphate and guaifenesin solution - Accessed: October 12, 2016.
  6. Bennett S, Hoffman N, Monga M (December 2004). "Ephedrine- and guaifenesin-induced nephrolithiasis". J Altern Complement Med. 10 (6): 967_9. doi:10.1089/acm.2004.10.967. PMID 15673990. - Accessed: October 12, 2016.
  7. - Accessed: July 14, 2016.
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  9. Cancer.Net (2014). - Accessed: July 3, 2016.
  10. Schachter, S.C., Shafer, P. O. &; Sirven, J.I. (2013). - Accessed: May 28, 2016.
  11. National Institute of Drug Abuse (2010). - Accessed: July 21, 2016.
  12. eMedicinehealth (2016). - Accessed: July 21, 2016.
  13. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (2010). - Accessed: July 21, 2016.
  14. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. December 12, 2011. - Accessed: June 10, 2016.
  15. The Center for Improving Medication Management and the National Council on Patient Information and Education. - Accessed: June 10, 2016.
  16. U.S. Food and Drug Administration. December 24, 2013. - Accessed: June 10, 2016.
  17. World Health Organization: - Accessed: July 1, 2016.
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