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Proventil (albuterol) is a beta agonist. It acts on the cells of the lungs to cause bronchodilation, making it easier to breathe. It is used as an asthma rescue medication for sudden asthma episodes and for prevention of future episodes.



How to Use


This medicine is used by inhalations through the mouth.


Take it exactly as directed, do not take it more than directed.


If you miss a dose, take it as soon as you can. If it is already almost time for your next dose, take only that next dose. Do not double up on any dose.



Ventolin Inhaler


Shake inhaler for 5 seconds.


Remove the mouthpiece.


Sit up straight or stand.


Place your finger over the top of the canister and place your thumb under the mouthpiece.


Inhale and then exhale all of your air.


Seal your lips around the mouthpiece, you can put the lower part of the mouthpiece between your teeth.


Press down on the top of the canister and inhale slowly and deeply.


If you are taking 2 puffs, wait at least 1 minutes between puffs and shake the inhaler for 5 seconds again before the second puff.


Store the inhaler with the cap on the mouthpiece.


Clean the inhaler once a week by removing the canister and running the mouth piece under warm running water for at least 30 seconds - 1 minute. Shake the water out of the mouthpiece then allow the parts to air dry.



Important Information



Talk to your doctor if your symptoms do not improve.


This medication can make your mouth dry, drinking water, chewing sugarless gum, or sucking on candy can help to decrease this side effect.



Be sure that your prescribing doctor is aware if you have any of the the following conditions before taking this medication


Diabetes, heart disease, all heart conditions, pheochromocytoma, seizures, thyroid disease, history of allergic reactions, pregnancy, breastfeeding, trying to become pregnant.



Side effects that should be immediately reported to your healthcare provider


Allergic reactions(hives, itching, rashes, swelling of the face or mouth), trouble breathing, chest pain, lightheadedness, fainting, high blood pressure, heartbeat changes, fever, muscle cramps, muscle weakness, numbness, tingling or pain in the hands or feet, vomiting.



Other Side Effects


Cough, difficulty sleeping, nervousness, trembling, unusual taste, throat irritation, runny nose, upset stomach, headache.



Usual Adult Dose





Metered Dose Inhaler or Dry Powder Inhaler: 2 puffs(180mcg) every 4-6 hours as needed.


Nebulizer Solution: 2.5 mg by oral inhalation every 6-8 hours as needed. This should be given over 5-15 minutes.



Exercise Induced Asthma:


Metered Dose Inhaler(Proair): 2 inhalations(180mcg) 15 -30 minutes before exercise.






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2. Proventil HFA (albuterol sulfate) Inhalational Aerosol [package insert]. Kenilworth, NJ: Schering Corporation; 2009.


3. Ventolin HFA (albuterol) [package insert]. Research Triangle Park, NC; GlaxoSmithKline; 2012.

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