Proventil HFA Inhaler is a pressurized metered-dose aerosol unit for oral inhalation used to treat or prevent bronchospasm in people with reversible obstructive airway disease, and to prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm.
Proventil contains a microcrystalline suspension of albuterol sulfate. Its active ingredient is albuterol sulfate, also known as salbutamol, which is a beta-2 agonist. It works by relaxing the smooth muscles in the airways, allowing more air to flow into the lungs. When the inhaler is used, the albuterol is delivered as an aerosol mist directly to the lungs, where it acts quickly to open the air passages and relieve symptoms of bronchospasm, such as wheezing, coughing, and shortness of breath.
Use and Dosage
To use Proventil HFA Inhaler, first shake the inhaler well and test spray it in the air three times for ProAir HFA or four times for Proventil HFA and Ventolin HFA before using it for the first time, or if it has not been used for more than 2 weeks. Then, follow these steps:
- Remove the cap from the mouthpiece.
- Shake the inhaler well and breathe out completely.
- Hold the inhaler with the mouthpiece down and place it between your lips without biting it, forming a tight seal.
- Start breathing in slowly and deeply through your mouth, and at the same time, press down firmly on the canister to release one puff of the medicine.
- Continue to breathe in slowly and deeply for a few more seconds, and then hold your breath for up to 10 seconds, if possible.
- Take the inhaler out of your mouth and breathe out slowly through pursed lips.
- If your doctor has prescribed more than one inhalation at a time, wait at least 1 minute before repeating steps 2-6.
Make sure to read the full instructions for use that come with the inhaler before using it and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about how to use it.
Common Side Effects of Proventil HFA Inhaler (Albuterol Sulfate):
- Dry mouth and throat
- Muscle pain
- Runny or stuffy nose
- Sleep problems (insomnia)
- Sore throat
Serious Side Effects of Proventil HFA Inhaler (Albuterol Sulfate):
- Bronchospasm (wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing)
- Chest pain
- Dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure).
- Fast or pounding heartbeat
- Irregular heartbeat
- Low potassium (confusion, uneven heart rate, extreme thirst, increased urination, leg discomfort, muscle weakness or limp feeling)
- Rapid breathing
Forms and Strength
Proventil HFA Inhaler (Albuterol Sulfate) is available in the following forms and strength:
Proventil HFA Inhaler: Inhalation Aerosol
- 90 mcg
- Use Proventil HFA Inhaler only as directed by your healthcare provider.
- Before using Proventil HFA Inhaler, inform your healthcare provider if you have any medical conditions, including heart disease, high blood pressure, diabetes, or seizures.
- Albuterol Sulfate should be used with caution in patients with severe asthma or a history of asthma exacerbations.
- Albuterol Sulfate may interact with other medications, including beta-blockers, which can reduce the effectiveness of albuterol.
- Long-term use of Proventil HFA Inhaler may increase the risk of serious adverse effects, such as osteoporosis, cataracts, and muscle weakness.
- Proventil HFA Inhaler may cause side effects, such as nervousness, tremors, headache, dizziness, and insomnia.
- If you experience any unusual symptoms or side effects while using Proventil HFA Inhaler inform your healthcare provider immediately.
- Taking too much of Proventil HFA Inhaler may increase the risk of serious side effects.
- Proventil HFA Inhaler should be used with caution in patients with hyperthyroidism, heart disease, or high blood pressure.
- Albuterol Sulfate may cause decreased mental alertness and impaired physical coordination, so it is important to use caution when driving or operating machinery.
- Patients should inform their healthcare provider if they are pregnant or planning to become pregnant before using Proventil HFA Inhaler.
- Albuterol Sulfate should be used with caution in patients who are taking other medications that can interact with albuterol, such as diuretics or antidepressants.
- Patients should inform their healthcare provider if they have a history of seizures or epilepsy before using Proventil HFA Inhaler.
- Proventil HFA Inhaler should be stored at room temperature and protected from light and heat.
- Patients should always carry a fast-acting rescue inhaler with them in case of a sudden asthma attack while using Proventil HFA Inhaler.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
Can I take Proventil HFA Inhaler (Albuterol Sulfate) when pregnant?
Patients should inform their healthcare provider if they are pregnant or planning to become pregnant before using Proventil HFA Inhaler (Albuterol Sulfate).
Can Proventil HFA Inhaler be used for children?
Proventil HFA Inhaler can be used in children as young as four years old. The dose and frequency of use may vary depending on the child’s age and condition.
How should Proventil HFA Inhaler (Albuterol Sulfate) be stored?
Proventil HFA Inhaler (Albuterol Sulfate) should be stored at room temperature and protected from light and heat.