Medically reviewed on September 5, 2018
Uses of Ventolin HFA:
- It is used to open the airways in lung diseases where spasm may cause breathing problems.
- It is used to prevent exercise-induced breathing problems.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Ventolin HFA?
- If you have an allergy to Ventolin HFA (albuterol inhalation aerosol) or any part of Ventolin HFA (albuterol inhalation aerosol).
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you are using another drug like this one.
- If you are breast-feeding or plan to breast-feed.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with Ventolin HFA (albuterol inhalation aerosol).
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take Ventolin HFA (albuterol inhalation aerosol) with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Ventolin HFA?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take Ventolin HFA (albuterol inhalation aerosol). This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Do not take more of Ventolin HFA (albuterol inhalation aerosol) or use it more often than you have been told. Deaths have happened when too much of Ventolin HFA (albuterol inhalation aerosol) was taken. Talk with your doctor.
- Call your doctor right away if your normal dose does not work well, if your signs get worse, or if you need to use Ventolin HFA (albuterol inhalation aerosol) more often than normal.
- If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), you will need to watch your blood sugar closely.
- If you are taking digoxin, talk with your doctor. You may need to have your blood work checked more closely while you are taking it with Ventolin HFA (albuterol inhalation aerosol).
- Use with care in children. Talk with the doctor.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using Ventolin HFA (albuterol inhalation aerosol) while you are pregnant.
How is this medicine (Ventolin HFA) best taken?
Use Ventolin HFA (albuterol inhalation aerosol) as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Follow how to take Ventolin HFA (albuterol inhalation aerosol) as you have been told by your doctor. Do not use more than you were told to use.
- For breathing into the lungs.
- If using more than 1 type of puffer (inhaler), ask the doctor which puffer to use first.
- If working out or playing sports causes signs, use right before doing it.
- Have your puffer (inhaler) use checked with your doctor at each visit. Read and follow facts on how to use the puffer. Make sure you use the puffer the right way.
- Follow how to clean carefully.
- Put the cap back on after you are done using your dose.
- Shake well before use.
- You will need to prime the puffer (inhaler) before first use. You will also need to prime the puffer (inhaler) if it has not been used for some time. Be sure you know when you need to prime the puffer (inhaler) and how to do it. Talk with your doctor or pharmacist if you have questions.
- Some puffers (inhalers) need to be primed if dropped. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
- A spacer may be used with the puffer (inhaler) for easy use.
- This puffer (inhaler) may have a dose counter to keep track of how many doses are left. If it does, throw the inhaler away when the dose counter has a 0 in it.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- If you use Ventolin HFA (albuterol inhalation aerosol) on a regular basis, use a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not use 2 doses at the same time or extra doses.
- Many times Ventolin HFA (albuterol inhalation aerosol) is used on an as needed basis. Do not use more often than told by the doctor.
See also: Dosage Information (in more detail)
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of high blood pressure like very bad headache or dizziness, passing out, or change in eyesight.
- Signs of low potassium levels like muscle pain or weakness, muscle cramps, or a heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Chest pain or pressure or a fast heartbeat.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Very nervous and excitable.
- This medicine may sometimes cause very bad breathing problems. This may be life-threatening. When this happens with a puffer (inhaler) or with liquid for breathing in, most of the time it happens right after a dose and after the first use of a new canister or vial of Ventolin HFA (albuterol inhalation aerosol). If you have trouble breathing, breathing that is worse, wheezing, or coughing, get medical help right away.
What are some other side effects of Ventolin HFA?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Feeling nervous and excitable.
- Upset stomach or throwing up.
- Throat irritation.
- Runny nose.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
See also: Side effects (in more detail)
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Ventolin HFA?
- Store at room temperature.
- Protect from light.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Protect from cold.
- If the inhaler comes in a foil pouch, store in the foil pouch until ready for use.
- Protect from heat and sunlight. Do not puncture or burn even if it seems empty.
- Throw away the puffer (inhaler) after the most number of sprays have been used, even if it feels like there is more drug in the can.
- Store with the mouthpiece down.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about Ventolin HFA (albuterol inhalation aerosol), please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
More about Ventolin HFA (albuterol)
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- During Pregnancy or Breastfeeding
- Dosage Information
- Drug Interactions
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- Drug class: adrenergic bronchodilators