Side Effects

Drug information provided by: Merative, Micromedex®

Along with its needed effects, a medicine may cause some unwanted effects. Although not all of these side effects may occur, if they do occur they may need medical attention.

Check with your doctor immediately if any of the following side effects occur:


Possible signs of an allergic reaction
  1. Hoarseness
  2. large hive-like swellings on eyelids, face, genitals, hands or feet, lips, throat, tongue
  3. sudden trouble in swallowing or breathing
  4. tightness in throat
Possible signs of a severe reaction that has occurred in children taking albuterol by mouth
  1. Bleeding or crusting sores on lips
  2. chest pain
  3. chills
  4. fever
  5. general feeling of illness
  6. muscle cramps or pain
  7. nausea
  8. painful eyes
  9. painful sores, ulcers, or white spots in mouth or on lips
  10. red or irritated eyes
  11. skin rash or sores, hives, and/or itching
  12. sore throat
  13. vomiting

Check with your doctor as soon as possible if any of the following side effects occur:

More common

  1. Fast heartbeat
  2. irregular heartbeat


  1. Chest pain
  2. convulsions (seizures)
  3. fainting (with isoproterenol)
  4. hives
  5. increase in blood pressure (more common with ephedrine or epinephrine)
  6. mental problems
  7. muscle cramps or pain
  8. nausea or vomiting
  9. trouble in urinating
  10. unusual tiredness or weakness

Some side effects may occur that usually do not need medical attention. These side effects may go away during treatment as your body adjusts to the medicine. Also, your health care professional may be able to tell you about ways to prevent or reduce some of these side effects. Check with your health care professional if any of the following side effects continue or are bothersome or if you have any questions about them:

More common

  1. Anxiety (with epinephrine)
  2. headache
  3. nervousness
  4. tremor

Less common

  1. Dizziness
  2. feeling of constant movement of self or surroundings
  3. sweating
  4. trouble in sleeping

Although not all of the side effects listed above have been reported for each of these medicines, they have been reported for at least one of them. All of these medicines are similar, so many of the above side effects may occur with any of the medicines.

Other side effects not listed may also occur in some patients. If you notice any other effects, check with your healthcare professional.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.