Albuterol 101: better than Clenbuterol?

Albuterol is a Beta-2-Adrenergic Agonist developed for the treatment of respiratory disorders in humans and animals. Albuterol is very similar to Clenbuterol, but it has never been as popular because it’s a much weaker compound.

Despite this, Albuterol is easier to get and much safer. In fact, most people who have tried both prefer albuterol because it allows them to still lose a lot of fat without feeling as bad as they do on Clenbuterol.

What does albuterol do?

As a B2-Adrenergic Agonist, the role of Albuterol is to cause the relaxation of smooth muscles in the lungs. In other words, Albuterol allows for the dilation of the bronchus, which improves breathing.

Albuterol also increases heart rate and basal metabolic rate, resulting in faster fat loss. There is also strong evidence to suggest that it can prevent muscle breakdown and contribute to muscle growth.

As you can see it does the same as Clenbuterol, but to a smaller extent.

The benefits of albuterol as a ped

Here’s what you can expect from Albuterol if you use it in a bodybuilding context:

  • Albuterol will allow you to lose fat faster.
  • Albuterol will allow you to get leaner than your body would naturally want to be.
  • Albuterol will help preserve muscle mass, meaning that you will lose little to no muscle while cutting even if you are not using any anabolics with it.
  • Albuterol could contribute to muscle growth and strength if used on a caloric surplus.
  • Albuterol will increase energy.
  • Albuterol will improve breathing.

The side-effects of albuterol

Albuterol has the same side-effects as Clenbuterol, but they are less pronounced, so they are less likely to affect your quality of life or health as badly as Clenbuterol does. This explains why Albuterol is still prescribed and Clenbuterol is not:

  • Albuterol will increase heart rate and blood pressure.
  • Albuterol will increase body temperature and sweating.
  • Albuterol may cause anxiety and tremors. (Rare)
  • Albuterol may cause cramps.
  • Albuterol may cause insomnia. (Only if dosed in the afternoon / evening)
  • Albuterol can cause heart enlargement and myocarditis if used continuously.

Albuterol protocol for bodybuilders

The Albuterol protocol I would personally recommend consists in starting with a very low dose of 4mg/day for the first two weeks, 6mg a day during weeks 3 and 4, 8mg a day during weeks 5 and 6 and then 12mg for the last two weeks.

In other words, you can use it for up to 8 weeks if you follow this protocol, but I’d recommend keeping the cycles shorter to err on the side of caution.

PRO-TIP: You can take Ketotifen at 1mg/day to increase the sensitivity of your beta2 receptors to Albuterol. This would allow you to not have to increase the dose as much.

Regardless of what you take alongside Albuterol, chances are you will still feel tremors, excessive sweating and anxiety. However, even though these are horrible side-effects, the most dangerous aspect of Albuterol is its impact on the heart.

It is my belief based on what I know about the following drugs, that both Cardarine and Telmisartan (or a different ARB) can significantly mitigate hypertension, increased heart rate and cardiac hypetrophy caused by continued Albuterol use. I would personally opt for Cardarine since it can also help with cardio endurance and fat loss and I would run it at 20mg a day during the Albuterol cycle.

Another side-effect of Albuterol that you can easily manage are the cramps, which may or may not occur randomly during the day. Simply take 500mg of Magnesium a day and 100mg of Potassium as many times as necessary throughout the day to keep the cramps at bay. Some users employ Taurine for this purpose, but I have read multiple case reports of people having serious problems when combining Albuterol and Taurine (although it was not determined whether the issues were simply due to Albuterol or if Taurine played a role).


In conclusion, Albuterol is a potent fat-burner that can be a viable alternative to Clenbuterol thanks to its similar properties and milder side-effects. Abusing it will always be dangerous, but you can greatly mitigate the damage by using smart dosing protocols and heart-protecting ancillaries.

William Davis

William has been studying and experimenting with bodybuilding pharmacology for over 6 years. After being an independent researcher for all these years, he has decided to share his knowledge with the bodybuilding community through his science-based articles. His approach to enhanced bodybuilding can be summed up in the saying “less is more”, as he believes that prioritizing harm mitigation and looking for ways to maximize the positives is the key to longevity in bodybuilding.

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