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About VENTOLIN® HFA

VENTOLIN HFA is an albuterol inhaler for asthma with a built-in dose counter, so you know how many puffs of medicine you
have left.

There are 2 main parts of your VENTOLIN HFA inhaler:
  • The blue plastic actuator that sprays the medicine into your mouth. See Figure A.
  • The metal canister that holds the medicine. See Figure A.

The actuator has a protective cap that covers the mouthpiece. The strap on the cap will stay attached to the actuator.

Do not use this actuator with a canister of medicine from any other inhaler.

Do not use this canister of medicine with an actuator from any other inhaler.

The canister has a counter that shows you how many puffs of medicine you have left. The number shows through a window in the back of the actuator. The counter starts at either 204 or 64, depending on which size inhaler you have. See Figure B.

About Albuterol Inhalers

Albuterol inhalers relieve bronchospasm. You may hear albuterol inhalers being called by other names, including:
  • rescue inhalers
  • quick-relief inhalers
  • fast-acting inhalers
  • bronchodilators

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.

APPROVED USES FOR VENTOLIN HFA

VENTOLIN HFA is a prescription medicine used to treat or prevent bronchospasm in people 4 years of age and older with reversible obstructive airway disease. VENTOLIN HFA is also used to prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB) in patients 4 years of age and older. It is not known if VENTOLIN HFA is safe and effective in children under 4 years of age.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION FOR
VENTOLIN HFA

  • 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 medical conditions.
  • Use VENTOLIN HFA exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to use it.
  • 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 may 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.
    • allergic reactions. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have any of the following symptoms of an allergic reaction:
      • itchy skin
      • swelling beneath your skin or in your throat
      • rash
      • worsening trouble breathing
    • low potassium levels in your blood.
    • worsening of other medical problems in people who also use VENTOLIN HFA, including increases in blood sugar.
  • Common side effects of VENTOLIN HFA include:
    • your heart feels like it is pounding or racing (palpitations)
    • chest pain
    • fast heart rate
    • shakiness
    • nervousness
    • headache
    • pain
    • dizziness
    • sore throat
    • runny nose

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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