Ventolin HFA inhaler, also known by the generic name albuterol inhaler, is a bronchodilator that opens breathing passages and relaxes the muscles in the airways which helps to increase blood flow to the lungs. This inhaler helps to treat or prevent bronchospasm, a narrowing of the airways within the lungs, in people suffering from asthma or certain types of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Albuterol also helps to prevent and treat other symptoms of asthma such as coughing, wheezing, troubled breathing and shortness of breath. Additionally, it can prevent asthma brought on by exercise. Ventolin is a quick-relief drug.
Shake the canister well before using this medication. You should take this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, commonly every 4-6 hours. You should also use the Ventolin HFA inhaler approximately 15 to 30 minutes before you exercise and the effects should last between 4 and 6 hours. It is also recommended to use a spacer device with this medication. Ventolin HFA Inhaler is a quick relief inhaler and therefore you should always carry this inhaler with you.
Always read the patient information and instructions carefully before using this medication.
Make sure to tell your doctor and pharmacist:
Also be aware that:
Common side-effects may include but are not limited to:
Contact your doctor if you experience any of the following side-effects:
Q: What is Ventolin HFA inhaler used for?
A: Ventolin HFA inhaler is used to treat or prevent COPD or asthma by opening breathing passages and relaxing muscles in the airways. It also helps to prevent and treat the other symptoms of asthma such as coughing, wheezing, troubled breathing and shortness of breath.
Q: How long does it take for Ventolin HFA inhaler to take effect?
A: Ventolin HFA Inhaler is a quick acting inhaler and should always be carried with you. You should take this 15-30 minutes before exercise and the effects should last between 4 and 6 hours.