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TAUC In-House/Dispensed Medications Summary

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-Albuterol Sulfate; a bronchodilator; opens the patient's airways and promotes the movement of air; indicated for the treatment of bronchospams in patients with cases such as RSV, asthma, COPD, and other respiratory illnesses

-Dose: supplied as inhaler

-Use of inhaler
>instruct the patient to adequately shake the canister before each activated spray
>patient will uncap the mouthpiece of the inhaler, fully exhale, and place the mouthpiece into their mouth (ensuring good closure with the lips); instruct the patient to inhale slowly, while simultaneously pushing down on the canister, releasing the medication; the patient should then hold their breath for 10 seconds and then breathe out slowly and evenly
>if the patient administers more than one inhalation at a time, the patient must wait at least one minute before using the second inhalation and must shake the inhaler prior to administration
>instruct the patient to keep the inhaler clean and dry, and store it with the cap on the mouthpiece; the patient should clean their inhaler on a weekly basis by removing the canister and placing the mouthpiece under warm running water for at least 30 seconds; the patient should shake out the excess water and allow the parts to air dry before putting the inhaler back together

-CAUTION
>may cause nervousness and tremors in some patients
>can cause an increase in heart rate and/or uneven heart beats
>may cause dry mouth and throat and patients should rinse their mouth out after each use to prevent mouth sores
>instruct patients/families that the inhaler should be kept with them, at all times, in the event the patient needs to use the inhaler for symptom treatment