Although albuterol is not physically addictive, some people do develop a psychological dependency on this medication. Psychological dependency may occur because having the inhaler makes the individual feel secure.
How Long Do Albuterol Withdrawal Symptoms Last?
Since the addiction is psychological and not physical, how long the symptoms of withdrawal lasts will vary by individual.
Withdrawal typically presents as a sense of insecurity, which may appear differently in individual people.
Doctors should monitor patients who have been taking additional doses because their maintenance medication is not managing their symptoms.
Patients who have a chronic condition and no longer take albuterol/salbutamol will most likely be prescribed another type of maintenance medication as well as a rescue inhaler.