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Risk And Side Effects

This is not all the safety information about VENTOLIN HFA. This information does not replace talking with your healthcare provider about your medical condition or treatment. Please see the Patient Information for more information, or ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist.

Do not use VENTOLIN HFA if you are allergic to albuterol sulfate or any of the ingredients in
VENTOLIN HFA. See the full Patient Information Leaflet for a complete list of ingredients in VENTOLIN HFA.
Tell your healthcare provider about all of your health conditions, including if you:
  • have heart problems.
  • have high blood pressure.
  • have seizures.
  • have thyroid problems.
  • have diabetes.
  • have low potassium levels in your blood.
  • are allergic to any of the ingredients in VENTOLIN HFA or any other medicines. See the full Patient Information Leaflet for a complete list of ingredients in VENTOLIN HFA.
  • have any other medical conditions.
  • are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is not known if VENTOLIN HFA may harm your unborn baby.
  • are breastfeeding. It is not known if the medicine in VENTOLIN HFA passes into your milk and if it can harm your baby.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. VENTOLIN HFA and certain other medicines may interact with each other. This may cause serious side effects.

Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take:
  • other inhaled medicines or asthma medicines
  • beta-blocker medicines
  • diuretics
  • digoxin
  • monoamine oxidase inhibitors
  • tricyclic antidepressants

Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for a list of these medicines if you are not sure.

Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

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. Paradoxical bronchospasm 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:
    • rash
    • hives
    • 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
  • cough
  • muscle pain
  • your heart feels like it is pounding or racing (palpitations)
  • chest pain
  • fast heart rate
  • shakiness
  • nervousness
  • dizziness

Tell your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all the side effects with VENTOLIN HFA. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at
1-800-FDA-1088.
  • 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.
  • Children should use VENTOLIN HFA with an adult's help, as instructed by the child's healthcare provider.
  • Use VENTOLIN HFA exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to use it. Do not use VENTOLIN HFA more often than prescribed.
  • Do not increase your dose or take extra doses of VENTOLIN HFA without first talking to your healthcare provider.
  • Each dose of VENTOLIN HFA should last up to 4 hours to 6 hours.
  • Get medical help right away if VENTOLIN HFA no longer helps your symptoms.
  • Get medical help right away 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.
  • Call your healthcare provider if your asthma symptoms like wheezing and trouble breathing become worse over a few hours or days. Your healthcare provider may need to give you another medicine to treat your symptoms.

APPROVED USES

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:
      • rash
      • hives
      • 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
    • cough
    • muscle pain
    • your heart feels like it is pounding or racing (palpitations)
    • chest pain
    • fast heart rate
    • shakiness
    • nervousness
    • dizziness

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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