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Ventolin HFA

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Overview Information on Ventolin

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Divide the number of inhalations in your inhaler by the number of inhalations you use daily to find out how many days your inhaler may last.     
Ventolin® HFA is a type of prescription medicine called a bronchodilator. Doctors prescribe Ventolin HFA to open up restricted airways in people who have reversible obstructive airway disease. Ventolin HFA is also given to people to prevent their airways from tightening during exercise.

Albuterol is the generic name for Ventolin HFA. Ventolin HFA comes in an aerosol inhaler.

Doctors prescribe Ventolin HFA to prevent and treat wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness caused by certain diseases that affect the lungs and airways. Ventolin HFA relaxes the muscles that surround the airways, which relaxes and opens air passages to the lungs and makes it easier to breathe.

Doctors often prescribe Ventolin HFA to be used three or four times a day as needed. Ventolin HFA may be used about 15 to 30 minutes before exercise. You take the medicine through an inhaler, which creates a fine mist that you breathe into your lungs. Ventolin HFA works within minutes. The effects of Ventolin HFA last approximately four to six hours.



Clinical Review by Jodi Grimm, RPh and Ann Ciemnoczolowski, MS, ELS on May 15, 2013
Ventolin® HFA is a type of prescription medicine called a bronchodilator. Doctors prescribe Ventolin HFA to open up restricted airways in people who have reversible obstructive airway disease. Ventolin HFA is also given to people to prevent their airways from tightening during exercise.

Albuterol is the generic name for Ventolin HFA. Ventolin HFA comes in an aerosol inhaler.

Doctors prescribe Ventolin HFA to prevent and treat wheezing, coughing, shortness of breath, and chest tightness caused by certain diseases that affect the lungs and airways. Ventolin HFA relaxes the muscles that surround the airways, which relaxes and opens air passages to the lungs and makes it easier to breathe.

Doctors often prescribe Ventolin HFA to be used three or four times a day as needed. Ventolin HFA may be used about 15 to 30 minutes before exercise. You take the medicine through an inhaler, which creates a fine mist that you breathe into your lungs. Ventolin HFA works within minutes. The effects of Ventolin HFA last approximately four to six hours.



Clinical Review by Jodi Grimm, RPh and Ann Ciemnoczolowski, MS, ELS on May 15, 2013