Albuterol shares common side effects that would normally be found with nearly all other sympathomimetic stimulant compounds. In the case of Albuterol side effects in particular, it tends to be much closer to Clenbuterol, which for all intents and purposes is the closest ‘relative’ to Albuterol and it therefore makes logical sense that it would be this way. However, with that being said, Albuterol holds a notable reputation for exhibiting side effects that are far less pronounced, milder, and more tolerable than its brother Clenbuterol. It has been previously mentioned in this profile that one of the desirable attributes of Albuterol is its shorter half-life, and the second desirable attribute is its ability to exhibit a notable amount of muscle anabolism. The third desirable attribute is the fact that many users report Albuterol side effects to be tolerable and significantly milder than most other stimulant based fat loss agents, even Ephedrine. Some of the Albuterol side effects that are noticeably less intense than its Clenbuterol counterpart are the “jitters” and tremors (shaky hands), as well as a notably less impacting effect on blood pressure as reported by many users.
General Albuterol Side Effects (Common Stimulant Side Effects)
Albuterol is not completely without its negative potential side effects, however, and as previously mentioned it does exhibit side effects that are common among stimulants. These include: blood pressure increases, headaches, vertigo (dizziness, light-headedness), sleep disturbance and/or insomnia, nausea, xerostomia (dry mouth), vomiting, anxiety, and increased perspiration (commonly due to increased body temperature as a result of Albuterol’s effects on metabolism). These Albuterol side effects can vary depending on the dose, how fast the dose was ramped upwards, and the individual’s sensitivity to the stimulant. There are less common and rarer side effects that are associated with Albuterol and stimulants (predominantly associated with overdoses), which include: tachycardia (rapid heart rate), irregular heart rate, rapid breathing, severe anxiety, panicking, severe nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea.
Specific and Notable Albuterol Side Effects
Tremors: Also known as “the shakes” or “shaky hands”, this is a side effect common of all beta-2 adrenergic receptor agonists, and is a signature side effect of Clenbuterol as well. However, Albuterol side effects do include tremors as well, but this is one of the side effects that is reported to be of a far lesser intensity than Clenbuterol. Many users have reported that such side effects also tend to subside much quicker (in comparison with Clenbuterol) as the body becomes steadily accustomed to Albuterol throughout consistent use. Most side effects such as these, which are resultant of the stimulant nature of the drug, will eventually subside as the body becomes accustomed to use.
Sweating: Increased perspiration (sweating) is a common side effect of beta-2 adrenergic receptors agonists, and is normally the result of increased body temperature resulting from the increased fat metabolism. This elevated body temperature should normally be no higher than approximately 0.5 – 1 degree above normal baseline body temperature, and sometimes slightly higher than that. This increase in body temperature is rarely ever uncomfortable, but can often result in increased perspiration (especially if the individual is in a hotter ambient environment). Bodybuilders and athletes actually often look forward to this particular Albuterol side effect, as the increase in temperature is often an indication that fat metabolism has increased as a result of use.
Muscle cramping: This is an Albuterol side effect that is actually very unique to selective beta-2 adrenergic receptor agonists, and is experienced in equal measure with Clenbuterol. Muscle cramping is quite common during the use of these compounds, especially several weeks into use. Studies have demonstrated that the use of beta-2 agonists such as Albuterol and Clenbuterol deplete levels of the amino acid Taurine both in muscle tissue as well as serum blood plasma . Taurine, Magnesium, Potassium, and Sodium all play important key roles in the regulatory functioning of the bioelectrical nerve impulses and nerve signals that control the contraction and relaxation of all types of muscle tissue. A Tauine depletion would then result in this function of the body becoming disrupted, and the result of this is in the form of involuntary and often painful muscle cramps. These cramps are often frequently initiated by a voluntary contraction of the muscle, which then contracts further and out of the control of the individual. A simple solution to this problem is through daily Taurine supplementation at a dose of approximately 2.5 – 5 grams per day while using Albuterol. Individual response is also a factor in how this Albuterol side effect will affect them.
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