Is There a Connection between Albuterol and Weight Loss?

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The connection between albuterol and weight loss is fuzzy at best, and dangerous at worst. Albuterol is a drug that is used to treat asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Weight loss is a possible side effect of albuterol, but albuterol has never been approved by the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) for losing weight. In fact, albuterol can cause unpleasant side effects when used for conditions other than asthma and COPD. Even if albuterol is connected to weight loss, it is a prescription medication and cannot be legally prescribed for any condition other than respiratory conditions in most regions.

Albuterol is a bronchodilator and central nervous system stimulant which may help explain how it increases the metabolism. It may also suppress the appetite. Some of the more common side effects of albuterol include cardiovascular and respiratory symptoms like increased heart rate, increased blood pressure, and arrhythmia. Other side effects include restlessness, insomnia, and headache.


The link between albuterol and weight loss first became apparent when bodybuilders and wrestlers noticed that albuterol was similar in chemical composition to Clenbuterol, which bodybuilders have used for years to build muscle and increase fat loss. Once word spread, the use of albuterol for weight loss became more common within the bodybuilding and wrestling communities. Both albuterol and Clenbuterol are beta-2 andrenergic agonists, which can theoretically cause fat loss, but albuterol has a shorter half life. This means it leaves the body sooner, causing fewer side effects and making detection through drug tests less likely.

Even though no official studies have been performed, belief in the link between albuterol and weight loss persists. Using albuterol for weight loss could be dangerous since people who use it for this purpose use a higher dosage than is prescribed for respiratory conditions, increasing the chance of dangerous side effects. Until the link between albuterol and weight loss is researched and found to be safe, it’s best to avoid using albuterol for this purpose and stick to losing weight through eating less and increasing exercise.

Albuterol should not be taken by anyone who has an overactive thyroid or high blood pressure, since it can exacerbate those symptoms. The medication can also be harmful to people who suffer from diabetes and epilepsy, or anyone who has suffered a seizure. The drug can also cause problems if taken in conjunction with MAOIs, tricyclic antidepressants, or beta blockers. Albuterol can harm unborn babies and should not be used by any woman who could possibly be pregnant or who is breastfeeding since it's not known whether or not the drug is passed through breastmilk.


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Post 4

I've used albuterol at 20mg a day and have so little hunger that I eat 500 calories a day. This is legitimate and I lost seven pounds so far in the last four days! Some don't experience a loss of appetite but I've tried several weight loss drugs beginning in the year 2000 and this is the best I've had by a large margin. It's a miracle drug if you ask me. I do experience side effects such as the jitters but this is well worth it considering the consequences of diabetes and heart disease.

Post 3

@fBoyle-- You're absolutely right. There is no evidence that albuterol helps with muscle building. It's used by athletes sometimes as a stimulant but research doesn't even show that it has benefits for performance.

I think the weak link between albuterol and weight loss was discovered by chance. It can't be used safely for weight loss because it takes high doses to see those effects. And high doses are sure to cause negative side effects like high blood pressure. It's not worth it.

Post 2

@SarahGen-- You're right but I don't think that anyone is going to listen. There are still people who use albuterol while they are cutting to lose weight and fat more quickly. They are convinced that it works and I don't think they will leave it until they experience negative side effects.

I don't think that albuterol is as good as it seems for body building. It does help with weight loss but that's because it suppresses appetite. I was on albuterol for allergies for a short period and I did lose a few pounds. But I also lost muscle during that time, so I would not use albuterol for body building even if I was paid for it.

Post 1

I have to take albuterol for asthma and I can't believe that people would willingly take this medication for weight loss when they don't even need it. I think that's silly and dangerous.

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