Ventolin HFA is a prescription drug approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to treat or prevent bronchospasm in people ages 4 and older with reversible obstructive airway disease. Ventolin is also used to prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm. Ventolin may be referred to by its drug name, Albuterol sulfate.
Ventolin is a beta2-adrenergic agonist and a bronchodilator, or drug that dilates the bronchi and bronchioles in the lungs and makes it easier to breathe. Ventolin is believed to work by relaxing smooth muscles in the airways. Ventolin is considered a short-acting bronchodilator.
How do I take it?
Ventolin HFA is inhaled orally every four to six hours, or 15 to 30 minutes before exercise.
Ventolin comes in the form of an aerosol inhaler.
The FDA-approved label for Ventolin lists common side effects including cough, sore throat, cold symptoms, and musculoskeletal pain.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Ventolin include cardiovascular effects, paradoxical bronchospasm (bronchospasm caused by taking medication), hypersensitivity reactions, changes in blood glucose or electrolyte levels, and possible death in people with asthma who use too much Ventolin.
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