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User Reviews for Ventolin HFA

Ventolin HFA has an average rating of 7.2 out of 10 from a total of 18 ratings on Drugs.com. 61% of those users who reviewed Ventolin HFA reported a positive effect, while 17% reported a negative effect.

Condition Avg. Rating Reviews Compare
Asthma, Maintenance  
7.4
8 reviews 123 medications
COPD, Maintenance  
7.2
5 reviews 51 medications
Asthma, acute  
5.3
3 reviews 165 medications
Bronchiectasis  
9.5
2 reviews 152 medications
Summary of Ventolin HFA reviews 7.2 18 reviews

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Reviews for Ventolin HFA

Andy · Taken for less than 1 month January 15, 2021

For Asthma, Maintenance: “In my 40 years of asthma experience, Ventolin has the WORST nervous system side effects of any abuterol inhaler I have ever used. (Generic, proventil, proair hfa) I suggest you NOT use if, like me, have sensitivity to stimulants (caffeine,etc), anxiety, adrenal, heart, or panic attack issues, or like me it will likely aggravate all of them, even with one dose as it does for me. With regular use, as my MD directed (because I forgot past experience), my nervous system became so agitated that not only could not sit still, my whole body felt like it was vibrating, and triggered a physiological (not cognitive/emotional) panic attack where I struggled to breath and my heart rate stayed high and exceeded 175bpm and stuttered with slightest physical activity, well above the recommended max of 157 for age 63. Having heart issues as a result.”

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BeeRealz · Taken for 2 to 5 years December 16, 2020

For Asthma, Maintenance: “Ventolin has always worked like a charm for my issue. Helps my breathing improve fairly quickly, I highly recommend it. Sometimes you can get dizzy but it does not last very long.”

10 / 10
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Arthur · Taken for 1 to 2 years April 25, 2020

For Asthma, Maintenance: “My Ventolin inhaler has always given me relief when I have an asthma attack or am short of breath. I find that after so many uses, it will clog. After removing the canister, rinsing the actuator with warm water and letting it dry, should unclog it.”

9 / 10
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Anonymous January 23, 2009

For COPD, Maintenance: “My husband has COPD and our doctor recently changed his albuterol inhaler to Ventolin. His other one was not working like it should. He has been on the Ventolin for about 2 weeks and it works great. He does not have to use it as much and it lasts much longer than his previous one. He loves this inhaler.”

9 / 10
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Carole · Taken for 2 to 5 years May 24, 2019

For COPD, Maintenance: “I am a cancer patient who developed COPD following chemotherapy and radiation. I use Ventolin for those times I am suddenly short of breath. I’m reviewing Ventolin to respond to several comments that the inhaler stops working before all of the 204 uses have been used. This was happening to me — several times — and was frustrating: insurance only allows refills every 30 days, and my co-pay is expensive. I took my inoperable Ventolin in and complained to my pharmacist. The counter indicated 75 uses remaining — I had wasted 10 attempts trying to get medication dispensed. My pharmacist removed the canister from the dispenser and rinsed the dispenser under very warm water. I let it air dry for ages She reassembled the inhaler and it worked perfectly! Ventolin has been very important in “rescue” occasions when I very suddenly and without warning cannot breathe. This happens so unexpectedly that I don’t go anywhere without my Ventolin inhaler.”

10 / 10
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mathgirl · Taken for 2 to 5 years December 28, 2016

For COPD, Maintenance: “My main complaint is that the inhaler seems to be empty before the 200 puffs are used. It seems to help well for the first 150 to 175 puffs, then stops feeling effective. I carefully following how to use it & don't know why I am not getting the right dosage throughout.”

6 / 10
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Ugly girl December 24, 2016

For COPD, Maintenance: “Took regular for about 3 weeks. Started severe muscle cramps, bone pain, cough, sputum production, sleeplessness,, voice change,spinning sensation, blurred vision, respiratory infection. Stopped about 2 months. Still having severe muscle cramps and bone pain. How long will this last?Could it have lowered creatine kinase , potassium, or magnesium.”

1 / 10
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Me · Taken for 10 years or more March 2, 2019

For Asthma, Maintenance: “Ventolin seems to work the best for me. I used to use Proventil and that worked for a little bit, but then seemed to stop working. Ventolin consistently works well for me and I've been using it since around 2009. Unfortunately, my insurance company does not cover Ventolin at all. I have to pay full price for it which cost me $66 today. They want me to get ProAir and I don't even want to try it as I've read nothing but bad things about it, from the dispenser not working, to it running out after a few sprays, to the power clumping up inside the cannister rendering it completely useless even with a working dispenser. No thanks! I'd rather use what has been working for me. Why change something if it's working? I don't understand why my insurance company won't cover it anymore.”

10 / 10
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Richland Washington Davis. February 27, 2017

For Asthma, Maintenance: “Right now, I am waiting for my doctor to renew my prescription so I can get my medication. The inhaler I am currently using shows it has 122 puffs left, and its empty. This isn't the first time I've had one of these go dry before its used up. Now, without an inhaler, I have to hope that the doctor on Monday will send in the renewal. Fortunately, unless the pharmacy will provide a new inhaler to compensate for the defective one, I am out the money that was paid for it. Oh, it does work, when it has medication in it.”

4 / 10
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Montry · Taken for 10 years or more June 13, 2016

For Asthma, acute: “I have had asthma for 45 years. I started on this medication when I was very young. It's always worked very well for me. I have had physicians try to change it to something else but I always end up requesting they change me back to Ventolin. It just works.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous · Taken for 10 years or more April 25, 2018

For Asthma, Maintenance: “This is the only rescue inhale that works for me. I use a cortical steroid inhaler for maintenance and this is my rescue inhaler for those rare instances I need something. For some reason my insurance company has stopped covering this inhaler and they keep forcing a substitution with ProAir HFA which is worse than useless. Ventolin HFA needs to be doing a better job marketing their product to the insurance companies so their users are having to constantly scramble for coupons to pay for it.”

9 / 10
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Jillian51894 · Taken for less than 1 month November 22, 2014

For Bronchiectasis: “for never being on an inhaler before this works very very well. I've had a pretty bad cough for almost 2 years that was diagnosed as rhinitis and we tried nasal sprays and allergy medications this is like a breath of fresh air in my lungs. I'd recommend it, just watch for dry mouth!”

9 / 10
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Steve0376 May 17, 2015

For Asthma, acute: “I have allergy induced asthma. Ventolin helps me breath better. Worked excellent at first then needed additional maintenance meds, Singulair and a steroid inhaler (Asmanex Twisthaler). I also take Allegra, Flonase, and Astelin to control my allergies and asthma.”

5 / 10
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Granny-T · Taken for 2 to 5 years May 14, 2012

For COPD, Maintenance: “I have been prescribed several maintenance medications to control my COPD over the past 4 years. Ventolin has proved to be, by far, the best medication I have used. Very quick acting & reassuring.”

10 / 10
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Anonymous July 3, 2011

For Asthma, Maintenance: “Best working inhaler I have found.”

7 / 10
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MN181818 February 27, 2020

For Bronchiectasis: “Ventolin HFA 90 MCG Inhaler 100% effective NYS Covered”

10 / 10
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Anonymous October 24, 2009

For Asthma, Maintenance: “Preferred to others.”

9 / 10
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Chuckeybaby March 26, 2017

For Asthma, acute: “Sleeplessness”

1 / 10
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