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ProAir HFA (albuterol)

Prescription only

Atrovent (ipratropium)

Prescription only
Makes it easier to breathe.

ProAir HFA (albuterol) acts quickly to stop asthma attacks and help you breathe easier. However, it is not used for long-term treatment and prevention of asthma since its effects don't last long.

3.9/ 5 average rating with 535 reviewsforalbuterol
Controls COPD.

First choice inhaler for controlling mild chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

Upsides
  • Works quickly to relieve symptoms of asthma.
  • Helps prevent asthma attacks caused by exercise.
  • The metered-dose inhaler is small enough to carry around making it convenient to use when needed.
  • ProAir HFA (albuterol) is also available in the form of tablets and liquid.
  • The inhaler is safe to be used in children age 4 or older.
  • The nebulizer is available in generic.
  • Available in combination with albuterol in case Atrovent (ipratropium) by itself is not enough to control your symptoms.
Downsides
  • ProAir HFA (albuterol) is only used for quick relief of asthma attacks and not for long-term treatment.
  • No generic form of the inhaler is available so it can be expensive for those without insurance.
  • Can cause your heart to beat faster, which is an uncomfortable side effect. Might not be a good option for those with heart problems since the medicine can raise your blood pressure and heart rate.
  • Mouthpiece of the inhaler should be cleaned at least once a week so that it can continue to work properly.
  • Children might find the inhaler difficult to use.
  • Effects don't last long so it needs to be used multiple times a day.
  • Doesn't work fast enough to be used as a rescue inhaler for COPD attacks.
  • The inhaler is only available in brand name.
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Dosage forms
  • Pill
  • Extended-release pill
  • Liquid
  • Inhaler
  • Nebulizer solution
  • Inhaler
  • Nebulizer solution
Price
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Reviews
535 reviews so far
73%
saidit'sworth it
51%
saiditworked well
7%
saidit'sa big hassle

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Side effects
9possible side effects
  • Tremor
    24%
  • Headache
    19%
  • Nervousness
    9%
  • Nausea/Vomiting
    4%
  • Increased heart rate
    3%
  • Muscle cramps
    3%
  • Abnormal heartbeat
    2%
  • Difficulty sleeping
    2%
  • Dizziness
    2%
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10possible side effects
  • Bronchitis
    10%
  • COPD attack
    8%
  • Shortness of breath
    8%
  • Headache
    6%
  • Influenza like symptoms
    4%
  • Dry mouth
    4%
  • Nausea
    4%
  • Dizziness
    3%
  • Back pain
    2%
  • Urinary tract infection
    2%
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Risks and risk factors
  • Worsening of asthma attack
    • Using a new canister of ProAir HFA (albuterol) for the first time
  • Frequent use of ProAir HFA (albuterol)
  • Effects on heart
    • Using ProAir HFA (albuterol) at more than the recommended doses
    • People with heart problems and/or an overactive thyroid
  • Life-threatening effects
    • Using ProAir HFA (albuterol) at more than the recommended doses
  • Severe allergic reaction
  • Lowered potassium levels in blood
    • Taking medications that lower potassium such as certain diuretics
    • History of low potassium levels
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  • Not a rescue inhaler
  • Serious allergic reaction
  • COPD attack
  • Urination problems
    • Benign prostate hyperplasia
    • Urinary neck obstruction
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