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Description

Proventil is an oral tablet made up of a bronchodilator called albuterol, also known as salbutamol.  We carry the generic alternative of Proventil in 2mg and 4mg!

Proventil is used to treat symptoms of wheezing and shortness of breath in lung conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Asthma is a common lung disease Proventil is used to treat. An asthma attack will occur when the airways of the lung become narrowed (which may occur due to spasms or allergens) which causes an obstruction to the flow of air. When the flow of air is disrupted, that’s when symptoms of wheezing and shortness of breath begins.

Proventil (albuterol/salbutamol) is effective at treating symptoms of certain lung diseases because as a bronchodilator, Proventil is able to relax muscles located in the breathing passages to help open them and decrease the shortness of breath and wheezing.

Directions

Use this medication only the way your doctor has prescribed it to you. Do not use more or less of a dose than directed too and avoid extending or shortening the duration of treatment.

Take this medication by mouth, with or without food, usually 3 or 4 times a day. Your doctor will determine your dose based off your medical condition and response to treatment. Adults and children older than the age of 12 should not exceed more than 32mg per day; children 6-12 should not exceed more than 24mg per day.

Use this medication often to get the most benefit from it. Ensure you do not miss a dose by taking the medication at the same time every day.

Cautions

Do not use Proventil (albuterol)

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to albuterol or if you have ever had an allergic reaction to similar drugs such as levalbuterol, metaproterenol, or terbutaline.

Dose adjustment or special precautions may be required

Before starting treatment, tell your doctor about your medical history, especially of heart problems (like an irregular heartbeat, angina, or heart attack), high blood pressure, diabetes, or seizures.

Risks

This drug may cause you to become dizzy. Alcohol or marijuana (also known as cannabis) consumption can make this effect worse. Avoid hazardous activity until you are completely aware how this drug affects you. Tell your doctor if you use marijuana and limit alcoholic beverages.

Before any type of surgery, tell your doctor or dentist that you are on albuterol, and any other medications you may have recently taken or are currently taking.

During pregnancy, Proventil should only be used if clearly needed. Speak with your doctor about the risks and benefits of using this drug while pregnant.

It hasn’t been established if this drug passes into breast milk or if it will harm a nursing infant. If this applies to you; consult your doctor to learn about the risks and benefits of using this drug while breast feeding.

Those with diabetes will need to monitor their blood sugar often while using this medication.

Side Effects

Common side effects of Proventil (albuterol) may include:

  • headache,
  • dizziness,
  • sleep problems (insomnia),
  • cough,
  • vomiting,
  • upset stomach,
  • shakiness.

The above side effects should not alarm you.

Serious side effects of Proventil (albuterol) may include:

  • fast or pounding heartbeat,
  • bronchospasm (wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing),
  • tremor,
  • nervousness.

If you have any of the above side effects, contact your doctor right away.

Please note this is not a complete list of side effects. Not everyone experiences side effects; they are not guaranteed. If you do have side effects and they become unmanageable, consult your doctor about alternate medications.

Contact your doctor if you notice signs of…

low potassium: confusion, uneven heart rate, extreme thirst, increased urination, leg discomfort, or muscle weakness or limp feeling; or

dangerously high blood pressure: severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, or a seizure.

FAQs

What should I avoid if I am using this product?

Avoid using this medication as a fast acting medication for acute asthma (or other lung disease) attacks. Your doctor may prescribe you a quick-relief inhaler for sudden asthma attacks; ensure you always have this device with you.

Does it have any medication interactions?

Some drugs that interact with albuterol include beta blockers such as atenolol (Tenormin), labetalol (Normodyne), metoprolol (Lopressor, Toprol XL), nadolol (Corgard), propranolol (Inderal); digoxin; (Lanoxin); Diuretics (water pills); epinephrine (EpiPen, Primatene Mist).

This is not a complete list of drugs that interact with albuterol (Proventil). Consult your doctor to inquire more about which drugs interact with this one.

What happens if I miss a dose?

Take the miss dose as soon as you remember or skip it if your next dose is approaching soon. Do not attempt to make up for a miss dose by doubling up on dosages.

What is the best way to store this medication?

Store in room temperature away from moisture, heat and light. Keep away from children and pets.