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Makes it easier to breathe.

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Prescription onlyLower-cost generic available

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Ventolin (Albuterol) is good at stopping asthma attacks and helping you breathe.


  • Stops asthma attacks.
  • Can also help prevent asthma attacks caused by exercise.
  • While there are technically no generic versions of Albuterol, there are many competing brands, which keeps prices pretty low.
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  • Can make your heart race temporarily.

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What to expect when you take Ventolin (Albuterol) for Asthma

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Tips from our pharmacists
  • Carry your rescue inhaler with you at all times to stop an asthma attack.
  • Wait at least one minute between sprays.
  • Wash the mouthpiece at least once a week.
  • Talk to your doctor if you're using this more than prescribed or expected.
  • Can cause heart racing, headache, and chest pain.
  • If you're having to use your rescue inhaler more than twice a week, you might need an additional medication to control your asthma better.
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Side effects for Ventolin (Albuterol)

From clinical trials of Albuterol / Any condition  ( 147)

  • TremorTremor15% for Albuterol vs.0% for placebo
  • NauseaNausea15% for Albuterol vs.0% for placebo
  • Abnormally fast heart beatAbnormally fast heart beat10% for Albuterol vs.0% for placebo
  • Heart pounding or racing sensationHeart pounding or racing sensation10% for Albuterol vs.0% for placebo
  • NervousnessNervousness10% for Albuterol vs.0% for placebo
  • Increased blood pressureIncreased blood pressure5% for Albuterol vs.0% for placebo
  • DizzinessDizziness5% for Albuterol vs.0% for placebo
  • HeartburnHeartburn5% for Albuterol vs.0% for placebo

Manufacturers don’t say how common these side effects are

  • Abnormal heart rhythm
  • Bronchospasm
  • Deep skin swelling
  • Hives
  • Hoarseness
  • Propharyngeal edema
  • Rash

Risks and Warnings for Ventolin (Albuterol)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Using new canister for the first time

    Rare reports of worsening asthma attacks have been reported when people start a new canister of Ventolin (Albuterol) for the first time. If this happens, call 911 or your doctor immediately.

Means that some groups have a high risk of experiencing this side effect

Tips from pharmacists and people taking Ventolin (Albuterol)

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The FDA category for this medication is C. It is advised that you: Weigh risks vs. benefits