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Priming Your VENTOLIN HFA Inhaler

Your VENTOLIN HFA inhaler must be primed before you use it for the first time, when it has not been used for more than 14 days in a row, or if it has been dropped. Do not prime your VENTOLIN HFA every day.
  • Remove your VENTOLIN HFA inhaler from its packaging
  • Throw away the pouch and the drying packet that comes inside the pouch
  • Remove the protective cap from the mouthpiece
  • Shake the inhaler well, and spray it into the air away from your face. See Figure A
  • Shake and spray the inhaler like this 3 more times to finish priming it. After you prime the actuator for the first time, the dose counter in the window on the back of the actuator should show the number 200 or 60, depending on which size inhaler you have. See Figure B

Each Time You Use Your VENTOLIN HFA Inhaler

  • Make sure the canister fits firmly in the plastic actuator
  • Look into the mouthpiece to make sure there are no foreign objects there, especially if the strap is no longer attached to the actuator or the cap has not been used to cover the mouthpiece

Reading the Dose Counter on Your VENTOLIN HFA Actuator

  • The dose counter will count down by 1 number each time you spray the inhaler
  • The dose counter stops counting when it reaches 000. It will continue to show 000
  • The dose counter cannot be reset, and it is permanently attached to the metal canister. Never try to change the numbers for the dose counter or take the counter off the metal canister
  • Do not remove the canister from the plastic actuator except during cleaning to prevent accidentally spraying a dose of VENTOLIN HFA into the air

Using Your VENTOLIN HFA Inhaler

Step 1. Shake the inhaler well before each spray. Take the cap off the mouthpiece of the actuator

Step 2. Hold the inhaler with the mouthpiece down. See Figure C

Step 3. Breathe out through your mouth and push as much air from your lungs as you can. Put the mouthpiece in your mouth and close your lips around it. See Figure D

Step 4. Push the top of the canister all the way down while you breathe in deeply and slowly through your mouth. See Figure D

Step 5. Right after the spray comes out, take your finger off the canister. After you have breathed in all the way, take the inhaler out of your mouth and close your mouth

Step 6. Hold your breath as long as you can, up to 10 seconds, then breathe normally.
If your healthcare provider has told you to use more sprays
, wait 1 minute and shake the inhaler again. Repeat Steps 2 through Step 6

Step 7. Put the cap back on the mouthpiece after every time you use the inhaler.Make sure the cap snaps firmly into place

To speak with a Product Specialist about using your VENTOLIN HFA inhaler, call 1-888-825-5249 (Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET).


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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