Generic Name: Ventolin Brand Name(s): Generics only. No brands available.


What is Ventolin HFA® (albuterol) used for?

Ventolin HFA® is commonly used for treating or preventing bronchospasm in people with reversible obstructive airway disease. It is also used to prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm.

How should I take Ventolin HFA® (albuterol)?

To use the Ventolin HFA® inhaler:

  • Shake the canister well just before each spray.
  • Uncap the mouthpiece of the Ventolin HFA® inhaler. Breathe out fully. Put the mouthpiece into your mouth and close your lips. Breathe in slowly while pushing down on the canister. Hold your breath for 10 seconds, then breathe out slowly.
  • If you use more than one inhalation at a time, wait at least 1 minute before using the second inhalation and shake the inhaler again.
  • Keep your Ventolin HFA® inhaler clean and dry, and store it with the cap on the mouthpiece. Clean your inhaler once a week by removing the canister and placing the mouthpiece under warm running water for at least 30 seconds. Shake out the excess water and allow the parts to air dry completely before putting the inhaler back together.

Talk with your doctor if any of your asthma medications do not seem to work as well in treating or preventing attacks. If it seems like you need to use more of any of your medications in a 24-hour period, talk with your doctor.

It is important to keep Ventolin HFA® on hand at all times. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely. Keep using all of your other medications as prescribed by your doctor.

How do I store Ventolin HFA® (albuterol)?

Ventolin HFA® is best stored at room temperature away from direct light and moisture. To prevent drug damage, you should not store Ventolin HFA® in the bathroom or the freezer. There may be different brands of Ventolin HFA® that may have different storage needs. It is important to always check the product package for instructions on storage, or ask your pharmacist. For safety, you should keep all medicines away from children and pets.

You should not flush Ventolin HFA® down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. It is important to properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist for more details about how to safely discard your product.

Precautions & warnings

What should I know before using Ventolin HFA® (albuterol)?

Before using this drug, tell your doctor if:

  • You are pregnant or breastfeeding. This is because, while you are expecting or feeding a baby, you should only take medicines on the recommendation of a doctor.
  • You are taking any other medicines. This includes any medicines you are taking which are available to buy without a prescription, such as herbal and complementary medicines.
  • You have allergy with any of active or inactive ingredients of Ventolin HFA® or other medications.
  • You have any other illnesses, disorders, or medical conditions.

Is it safe during pregnancy or breastfeeding?

There are no adequate studies in women for determining risk when using Ventolin HFA® during pregnancy or while breastfeeding. Please always consult with your doctor to weigh the potential benefits and risks before taking Ventolin HFA®. Ventolin HFA® is pregnancy risk category C, according to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA).

FDA pregnancy risk category reference below:

  • A=No risk
  • B=No risk in some studies
  • C=There may be some risk
  • D=Positive evidence of risk
  • X=Contraindicated
  • N=Unknown

Side effects

What side effects can occur from Ventolin HFA® (albuterol)?

Common side effects include:

  • Sore throat
  • Upper respiratory tract infection, including viral infection
  • Cough
  • Muscle pain
  • Your heart feels like it is pounding or racing (palpitations)
  • Chest pain
  • Fast heart rate
  • Shakiness
  • Nervousness
  • Dizziness

Also, tell your doctor immediately if you notice some severe side effects, such as:

  • Worsening trouble breathing, coughing, and wheezing (paradoxical bronchospasm)
  • Heart problems, including faster heart rate and higher blood pressure
  • Possible death in people with asthma
  • Serious allergic reactions (rash, hives, swelling of your face, mouth, and tongue, breathing problems)
  • Changes in laboratory blood values (sugar, potassium)


What drugs may interact with Ventolin HFA® (albuterol)?

Ventolin HFA® may interact with other drugs that you are currently taking, which can change how your drug works or increase your risk for serious side effects. To avoid any potential drug interactions, you should keep a list of all the drugs you are using (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. For your safety, do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any drugs without your doctor’s approval.

Does food or alcohol interact with Ventolin HFA® (albuterol)?

Ventolin HFA® may interact with food or alcohol by altering the way the drug works or increase the risk for serious side effects. Please discuss with your doctor or pharmacist any potential food or alcohol interactions before using this drug.

What health conditions may interact with Ventolin HFA® (albuterol)?

Ventolin HFA® may interact with your health condition. This interaction may worsen your health condition or alter the way the drug works. It is important to always let your doctor and pharmacist know all the health conditions you currently have.

Especially if you have any of these other conditions:

  • Heart disease
  • High blood pressure
  • Congestive heart failure
  • A heart rhythm disorder
  • A seizure disorder such as epilepsy
  • Diabetes
  • Overactive thyroid


The information provided is not a substitute for any medical advice. You should ALWAYS consult with your doctor or pharmacist before using Ventolin HFA® (albuterol).

What is the dose of Ventolin HFA® (albuterol) for an adult?

Bronchospasm: 2 inhalations repeated every 4 to 6 hours

Exercise-Induced Bronchospasm: 2 inhalations 15 to 30 minutes before exercise.

What is the dose of Ventolin HFA® (albuterol) for a child?

Children 4 years old and over:

Bronchospasm: 2 inhalations repeated every 4 to 6 hours

Exercise-Induced Bronchospasm: 2 inhalations 15 to 30 minutes before exercise.

How is Ventolin HFA® (albuterol) available?

Ventolin HFA® is available in the following dosage forms and strengths:

  • Ventolin HFA 200 sprays
  • Ventolin HFA 60 sprays

What should I do in case of an emergency or overdose?

In case of an emergency or an overdose, call your local emergency services or go to your nearest emergency room.

What should I do if I miss a dose?

If you miss a dose of Ventolin HFA®, take it as soon as possible. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and take your regular dose as scheduled. Do not take a double dose.

Hello Health Group does not provide medical advice, diagnosis or treatment.


Review Date: June 8, 2017 | Last Modified: June 8, 2017

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