ProAir HFA

(albuterol)

3.9/ 5 average rating with 535 reviewsforalbuterol
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Makes it easier to breathe.

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Our bottom line

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.

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Quick facts about albuterol
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (albuterol)

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.
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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.
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How it works

ProAir HFA (albuterol) is a bronchodilator. It relaxes the muscles that tighten up during an asthma attack, opening up your airways to make breathing easier.

Quick facts about albuterol
  • Drug class: Respiratory
  • Rx status: Prescription only
  • Generic status: Lower-cost generic available (albuterol)

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Dosage forms

  • Pill
  • Extended-release pill
  • Liquid
  • Inhaler
  • Nebulizer solution
People’s experience with albuterol

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What to expect when you take ProAir HFA (albuterol) for Asthma

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  • Possible side effects
  • Increased heart rate
  • Headache
  • Tremor
  • Nervousness
  • Sore throat
  • Stuffy nose
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Side effect rates for ProAir HFA (albuterol)

From 508 clinical trials of albuterol when taken for asthma (er tablets)
  • Tremor
    24%24%
    1%1%
  • Headache
    19%19%
    21%21%
  • Nervousness
    9%9%
    3%3%
  • Nausea/Vomiting
    4%4%
    4%4%
  • Increased heart rate
    3%3%
  • Muscle cramps
    3%3%
  • Abnormal heartbeat
    2%2%
    1%1%
  • Difficulty sleeping
    2%2%
    2%2%
  • Dizziness
    2%2%
    5%5%
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The placebo bar shows how common a side effect was for people taking a sugar pill instead of albuterol.

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Risks and Warnings for ProAir HFA (albuterol)

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    • Higher risk if:
    • Using a new canister of ProAir HFA (albuterol) for the first time

    There are rare cases of worsening asthma attacks reported by people who use a new canister of ProAir HFA (albuterol) for the first time. If this happens to you, call 911 right away because it can be potentially life-threatening.

Common concerns from people taking ProAir HFA (albuterol)

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Pain
  • Can cause racing heartbeat, headache, and chest pain.