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What is Ventolin HFA prescribed for?
This medication is used to control and prevent symptoms caused by asthma or ongoing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). COPD is a group of progressive lung diseases that cause obstructed airflow from the lungs. Symptoms consist of: breathing difficulty, coughing, mucus production and wheezing. People with COPD are at increased risk of developing heart disease, lung cancer, and a variety of other conditions. It is estimated that about 30 million people in the United States have COPD, and as many as half are unaware that they have it. Medications, supplemental oxygen therapy, and surgery are some forms of treatment and generally improve quality of life.
The Ventolin HFA is available for purchase at My Drug Center. You can also buy Ventolin HFA Inhaler generic, which is sold as Albuterol. The Albuterol generic is less costly because it is not a brand-name drug. With proper management, most people with COPD can achieve symptom control and quality of life, as well as reduced risk of other associated conditions.
How does Ventolin HFA work?
Ventolin HFA Inhaler comes in aerosol form which is inhaled by the patient using an inhaler device. HFA stands for High Frequency Aerosol. The Ventolin HFA Inhaler dosage contains the active ingredients albuterol/salbutamol. The inhaler releases these ingredients directly into the airways leading to your lungs and relaxes them. Once the airways have relaxed, your lungs are able to hold a better supply of air, and the wheezing and chest tightness subside. The Ventolin HFA Inhaler holds fast-acting medication that can be used to stop an asthma attack, but the effects are short-lived, so you will also require a long-acting maintenance medicine.
Before taking your prescribed medication read label and medication guide or instruction sheet that was provided by your pharmacist so you know how to use the inhaler.
Administration of Ventolin HFA Inhaler dosage: Shake the HFA canister well for 5 seconds before use. Ventolin Inhaler is a quick-relief inhaler and should be used every four to six hours as needed. If you need to take more than one Albuterol dosage, wait at least 60 seconds before taking the second dose. To prevent asthma attacks during exercise or strenuous activity take two inhalations roughly 30 minutes before hard physical work or exercise. Prime the inhaler with 2 test sprays (away from the face) if it has not been used for more than 4 weeks, or after dropping.
You should always carry this inhaler with you in case you require quick relief. This can be used with other inhalers provided you allow a minute between doses. Rinse your mouth with water after dosing to prevent mouth infection.
Ventolin HFA Inhaler may contain medical and non medical ingredients that could cause an allergic reaction. Consult with your doctor about any known allergies before taking your Ventolin HFA Inhaler dosage. Speak with your doctor about any known medical conditions relating to heart problems, high blood pressure, seizure. Tell your doctor about any current medications or supplementation to avoid interactions with Ventolin HFA Inhaler.
While taking Ventolin HFA Inhaler or the Albuterol generic, you may feel dizzy, drowsy or experience blurred vision. Avoid driving a vehicle or operating heavy machinery until you feel it is safe. Alcohol and Cannabis can exasperate these side effects. Additionally you can speak with your doctor about acceptable limits for these substances while taking this medication.
Some Ventolin HFA Inhaler side effects are:
Nervousness, shaking (tremor), palpitations, headache, mouth/throat dryness or irritation, cough, hoarseness, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, nausea, vomiting, dizziness, sleep problems (insomnia), muscle pain, changes in taste, or diarrhea.
Serious Ventolin HFA Inhlaer side effects include:
Chest pain or irregular heartbeat.
If any side effects of Albuterol become unmanageable speak with your doctor or pharmacist for help in managing any side effects. For any serious side effects that occur speak with your doctor right away for further treatment options.
Q: What happens if I suddenly stop taking this medication?
A: A relapse in symptoms may occur depending on the severity of the condition, and you may experience side effects. You should speak your doctor before you stop taking this medication.
Q: What happens if I miss a dose?
A: This medication is also used to provide quick relief from asthma symptoms and can be used as needed every 4-6 hours.
Q: What is the best way to store this medication?
A: This medication is stored at room temperature, and should be kept away from children and pets.
Q: How do I dispose of this medication?
A: Do not throw away this medication in wastewater. Some medication can be thrown away in dry waste, and some require a little preparation for disposal. If you are uncertain how to dispose of this medication speak with your pharmacist to safely dispose any unwanted or experienced medication.
Q: Is this medication safe to use while pregnant or breastfeeding?
A: Speak with your doctor about the risk associated with using this drug while pregnant. It is uncertain if this drug can pass into the breast milk of nursing mother. Consult your doctor to understand the risk in using this medication while breastfeeding.
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