Last update Jan. 30, 2021

Albuterol

Very Low Risk

Safe. Compatible. Minimal risk for breastfeeding and infant.

Short-acting beta-adrenergic bronchodilator, similar in characteristics to Terbutaline.
Indicated in the treatment of asthma.
Administration preferably inhaled (also oral or intravenous).

Its large volume of distribution and poor absorption after inhaled administration make it highly unlikely that significant quantities will pass into milk.
Its low oral bioavailability would make it difficult its passage to the infant’s plasma through breast milk.

Inhaled preparations are preferred since they are absorbed less than 10 %.

Several medical societies, experts authors and expert consensus consider the use of inhaled bronchodilators to be safe during breastfeeding (Hale, Lactmed, Amir 2011, National Asthma 2004, Nelson 2001, Ellsworth 1994).
List of WHO essential medicines: compatible with breastfeeding (WHO / UNICEF 2002).

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Pharmacokinetics

Variable Value Unit
Oral Bioavail. 50 (inhala: 10) %
Molecular weight 239 daltons
Protein Binding 10 %
VD 2,2 l/Kg
pKa 10,12 -
Tmax 0,2 - 0,4 hours
T1/2 2,7 - 5 hours

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