PROAIR HFA (Albuterol)
PROAIR HFA (Albuterol)
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Why is Proair HFA prescribed?
Proair HFA, with generic name Albuterol, is an oral inhalation medication used to prevent and treat symptoms like chest tightness, coughing, difficulty of breathing, and wheezing, associated with asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (chronic bronchitis or emphysema). It is also used to prevent breathing difficulties during strenuous activity or exercise in adults and children aged 4 years and older.
What does it do?
Albuterol, classified under bronchodilators, which facilitates the relaxation and opening of the airways to improve breathing and control the symptoms of asthma and COPD. It can also prevent the tightening of the airways (bronchospasms) caused by the constriction of muscles in the walls of the airways.
How should I use it?
Proair HFA is currently available as a 90mcg aerosol inhaler, inhaled by mouth. Each type of inhaler has its set of instructions regarding its priming, usage, and cleaning. Make sure to follow the directions and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
The dosage strength and frequency depend on every patient’s condition and the doctor’s prescription. It is imperative that you do not self-medicate and only take this drug after consulting with your doctor or pharmacist to determine the best dosage and dosing schedule for the treatment of your condition.
What if I missed a dose?
The proper use of medications is needed to achieve the desired effect of any drug. As much as possible, strictly follow your doctor’s prescribed dosing schedule. If you miss a dose, take it immediately. But if it is almost your next dose, skip the missed dose and proceed with the regular dosing schedule. Never take two doses at the same time to make up for a missed dose, unless told otherwise.
What are the special precautions before taking Proair HFA?
Do not use Proair HFA inhaler near an open flame or source of heat. Avoid contact of Proair HFA aerosol into your eyes. Immediately rinse your eyes in case of contact, and immediately call your doctor.
Inform your doctor about all the medications you are taking, your current and previous medical history, and any allergic reactions to Proair HFA or any other ingredients included in the manufacture of this medication.
Ask a pharmacist or respiratory therapist for instructions in using inhalers properly. Pediatric patients should be assisted when administering this medication.
Inform your doctor if you had any form of surgery or if you are planning to get one.
For the drug label information of Proair HFA, click here.
Does it have any side effects?
It is important to note that all drugs have corresponding side effects and adverse reactions. Additional information may be obtained when you ask your doctor or pharmacist.
- Common side effects include:
- Uncontrollable shaking
- Muscle pain
- Serious side effects include:
- Chest pain
- Rapid heartbeat
- Itching, hives, or rash
- Swelling of any part of the face or limbs
- Hoarseness and difficulty breathing or swallowing
Is it safe to use it with another drug?
Some drug interactions may cause life-threatening reactions when taken with other medications. Immediately inform your doctor if you are taking Proair HFA with any of the following medications:
- Combigan eye drops
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for other possible interactions not listed within this section.
How should I store it?
Keep Proair HFA in its original packaging in a clean environment away from excessive heat and moisture. Keep out of reach of children.
What action should I take in case of overdose?
Immediately call an ambulance and seek immediate medical attention to prevent further complications or possible death.
Is it safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women?
There is still limited data on the developmental risks associated with the use of Proair HFA in pregnancy. Regular monitoring of pregnant women using this drug is essential to maintain adequate asthma control.
It is not recommended for women who are breastfeeding because its effects on the infant are still not fully known. Hence, it is essential to consider both the developmental and health benefits of breastfeeding, along with the mother’s clinical need for this medication.
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