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How to Clean Your VENTOLIN® HFA Actuator

It is very important to keep the plastic actuator clean, so the medicine will not build up and block the spray. See Figure A
  • Do not try to clean the metal canister or let it get wet. The inhaler may stop spraying if it is not cleaned correctly
  • Wash the actuator at least once a week as follows:

Step 1. Take the canister out of the actuator, and take the cap off the mouthpiece. The strap on the cap will stay attached to the actuator

Step 2. Hold the actuator under the faucet and run warm water through it for about 30 seconds. See Figure B

Step 3. Turn the actuator upside down and run warm water through the mouthpiece for about 30 seconds. See Figure C

Step 4. Shake off as much water from the actuator as you can. Look into the mouthpiece to make sure any medicine buildup has been completely washed away. If there is any buildup, repeat Steps 2 and 3

Step 5. Let the actuator air-dry completely, preferably overnight. See Figure D

Step 6. When the actuator is dry, put the canister in the actuator and make sure it fits firmly. Shake the inhaler well and spray it once into the air away from your face. (The counter will count down by 1 number.) Put the cap back on the mouthpiece

If you need to use your inhaler before the actuator is completely dry:
  • Shake as much water off the actuator as you can
  • Put the canister in the actuator and make sure it fits firmly
  • Shake the inhaler well and spray it once into the air away from your face
  • Take your VENTOLIN HFA dose as prescribed
  • Follow cleaning Steps 1 through 6 above


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.


  • 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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