About VENTOLIN® HFA
VENTOLIN HFA is an albuterol inhaler for asthma with a built-in dose counter, so you know how many sprays of medicine you
- The metal canister holds the medicine. See Figure A.
- The canister has a counter to show how many sprays of medicine you have left. The number shows through a window in the back of the actuator. See Figure B.
- The counter starts at either 204 or 064, depending on which size inhaler you have. The number will count down by 1 each time you spray the inhaler. The counter will stop counting at 000.
- Do not try to change the numbers or take the counter off the metal canister. The counter cannot be reset, and it is permanently attached to the canister.
- The blue plastic actuator sprays the medicine from the canister. The actuator has a protective cap that covers the mouthpiece. See Figure A. Keep the protective cap on the mouthpiece when the canister is not in use. The strap keeps the cap attached to the actuator.
- Do not use the actuator with a canister of medicine from any other inhaler.
- Do not use a VENTOLIN HFA canister with an actuator from any other inhaler.
About Albuterol InhalersAlbuterol inhalers relieve bronchospasm. You may hear albuterol inhalers being called by other names, including:
- rescue inhalers
- quick-relief inhalers
- fast-acting inhalers
No matter what you call them, the purpose of albuterol inhalers is to quickly open the airways in your lungs, so you can breathe more easily.
VENTOLIN HFA is an albuterol inhaler that helps relieve bronchospasm and its symptoms. VENTOLIN HFA acts within minutes, and symptom relief should last 4 to 6 hours.
Albuterol treats bronchospasm by quickly opening the airways within your lungs to ease breathing during an asthma attack. Your doctor may prescribe VENTOLIN HFA to help relieve your sudden asthma symptoms or to help prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm.
Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist about VENTOLIN HFA.
VENTOLIN HFA is a prescription inhaled medicine used to treat or prevent bronchospasm in people aged 4 years and older with reversible obstructive airway disease. VENTOLIN HFA is also used to prevent exercise–induced bronchospasm (EIB) in patients aged 4 years and older. It is not known if VENTOLIN HFA is safe and effective in children younger than 4 years of age.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
- Do not use VENTOLIN HFA if you are allergic to albuterol sulfate or any of the ingredients in VENTOLIN HFA. If you have any questions or are not sure, you should ask your healthcare provider.
- Tell your healthcare provider about the medicines you take and about all of your health conditions.
- Do not use VENTOLIN HFA unless your healthcare provider has taught you how to use the inhaler and you understand how to use it correctly.
- Do not increase your dose or take extra doses of VENTOLIN HFA without first talking to your healthcare provider.
- Get medical help right away if VENTOLIN HFA no longer helps your symptoms (like wheezing and trouble breathing), if your symptoms get worse, or if you need to use your inhaler more often.
- While you are using VENTOLIN HFA, use other inhaled medicines and asthma medicines only as directed by your healthcare provider.
- VENTOLIN HFA can cause serious side effects, including:
- worsening trouble breathing, coughing, and wheezing (paradoxical bronchospasm). If this happens, stop using VENTOLIN HFA and call your healthcare provider or get emergency help right away. This is more likely to happen with your first use of a new canister of medicine.
- heart problems, including faster heart rate and higher blood pressure.
- possible death in people with asthma who use too much VENTOLIN HFA.
- serious allergic reactions. Call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical care if you get any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction:
- swelling of your face, mouth, and tongue
- breathing problems
- changes in laboratory blood values (sugar, potassium).
- Common side effects of VENTOLIN HFA include:
- sore throat
- upper respiratory tract infection, including viral infection
- muscle pain
- your heart feels like it is pounding or racing (palpitations)
- chest pain
- fast heart rate