What is a Generic Drug?

A generic drug is a copy of the brand-name drug with the same dosage, safety, strength, quality, consumption method, performance, and intended use. Before generics become available on the market, the generic company must prove it has the same active ingredients as the brand-name drug and works in the same way and in the same amount of time in the body.

The only differences between generics and their brand-name counterparts is that generics are less expensive and may look slightly different (eg. different shape or color), as trademarks laws prevent a generic from looking exactly like the brand-name drug.

Generics are less expensive because generic manufacturers don't have to invest large sums of money to develop a drug. When the brand-name patent expires, generic companies can manufacture a copy of the brand-name and sell it at a substantial discount.

Ventolin (Albuterol) Tablets


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    Ventolin (Albuterol) tablets are a medication that belongs to the class of drugs called bronchodilators, which help open up the airways. This medicine is used to treat bronchospasm, wheezing, and other breathing difficulties in people with reversible obstructive airway diseases, such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Albuterol works by relaxing the muscles surrounding the airways, allowing them to widen and make breathing easier.

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    Chemical Name


    Elimination half-life

    3.8–6 hours

    Dosage (Strength)

    4mg (Generic)


    Salbutamol is safe to use in pregnancy



    Protein binding


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    Routes of administration

    By mouth


    The standard Ventolin tablet dosage is typically 4 mg for adults, taken three or four times a day. The dosage may vary depending on the severity of symptoms and the individual’s response to the medication. The maximum dosage is 32 mg per day.

    For children aged 6-12 years, the usual dosage is 2 mg three or four times daily. The maximum daily dose in these children should not exceed 24 mg. Individual dosages may vary. To ensure proper use and effectiveness, it is important to follow the prescribed dosage and instructions from your healthcare provider.


    Ventolin (Albuterol) tablets primarily contain albuterol sulfate as the active ingredient. In addition to albuterol sulfate, the tablets may also include several inactive ingredients to maintain the formulation's stability and effectiveness. These inactive ingredients include lactose monohydrate, pregelatinized starch, corn starch, and magnesium stearate.


    Avoid taking or using Ventolin if you have a known hypersensitivity or allergy to albuterol or any component of the medication.


    • Before you start taking Ventolin tablets, tell your doctor:
      • About any medications you take, especially beta-blockers, diuretics, antidepressants, or any medication that contains epinephrine
      • About any medical conditions you have, such as heart problems, high blood pressure, seizures, or diabetes
      • If you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant, as Ventolin may cause harm to an unborn baby
      • If you are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed, as Ventolin may pass into breast milk and y cause harm to a baby
    • This medication may increase your blood sugar levels. If you have diabetes, monitor your blood sugar levels closely and inform your doctor if you notice any significant changes.
    • Ventolin can cause a fast or irregular heartbeat. Contact your doctor if you experience chest pain, rapid heartbeat, or palpitations.
    • Ventolin could lead to temporary decreases in potassium levels, posing additional risks to cardiovascular health.
    • The effects of Ventolin may last for up to 8 hours or more. Before making any changes to your Ventolin dosage, consult a medical professional. If the drug's efficacy decreases or you find yourself needing to take it more frequently, seek medical advice.
    • If you are taking Ventolin tablets, follow your doctor's guidelines about using other asthma medications or inhalers.
    • To ensure the drug remains effective and safe, follow the storage instructions outlined on the prescription label.

    Side Effects

    Ventolin (Albuterol) tablets may cause side effects. Common side effects include nervousness or shakiness, headache, palpitations, and fast heart rate. Additionally, some people may experience insomnia, nausea, muscle cramps, weakness, and dizziness.

    Ventolin may also cause more serious side effects that require immediate medical attention, such as allergic reactions and worsened breathing symptoms. If you or a loved one is taking Ventolin and experiences any of these serious side effects, seek medical advice immediately.


    1. Ventolin Prescribing Information. East Hanover, NJ: Sidmak Laboratories; 2002.
    2. Albuterol Tablets Drug Label Information. Sacramento, CA: Nivagen Pharmaceuticals; 2022.

    IMPORTANT NOTE: The above information is intended to increase awareness of health information and does not suggest treatment or diagnosis. This information is not a substitute for individual medical attention and should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. See your health care professional for medical advice and treatment.

    Product Code : 1890

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