Proair HFA Information:
Proair HFA (generic name: Albuterol Sulfate Inhalation Aerosol) is a drug for the treatment of bronchospasm in patients suffering from reversible obstructive airway disease (asthma, COPD) and exercise induced bronchospasm. The active ingredient is albuterol. Albuterol is a bronchodilator which relaxes the airways, and this in turn increases the amount of oxygen into the lungs. Proair comes in liquid form, usually as an aerosol which is to be inhaled. The Proair inhaler is a quick relief inhaler, and is designed to help to keep people with breathing conditions stay active. It is a small device which can easily be carried around in a handbag or pocket. Reversible obstructive airway disease has many causes including infection, genetic defects and stress. The symptoms usually reported in patients with this condition include wheezing, difficulty in breathing, coughing and a tight feeling in the chest. Asthma and some types of COPD are classed as reversible obstructive airway disease. Proair can be used by children over 4 years old and adults.
Proair HFA Side Effects:
As with any drug, there may be side effects from taking Proair HFA including bronchospasm (may include wheezing, coughing, tightness in chest, difficulty breathing) – especially when starting a new canister, pain in the chest, changes in heartbeat, nervousness, shaking, high blood pressure (usually shown by severe headaches, thirst, increased urination, confusion, chest pain, anxiety) and low potassium levels. More serious side effects may include headache, dizziness, nervousness, coughing, sore throat, cold/flu symptoms, muscle pain, insomnia, diarrhea and constipation. If you experience any side effects you must seek medical attention immediately for safety.
Proair HFA Directions:
You should follow the instructions of the doctor who prescribed Proair HFA to you. Directions and dosage information can also be found on the pack or leaflet inside the pack. Proair HFA comes in aerosol canister form and is to be taken with the inhaler device. To use Proair, shake the canister well before each use. Put the mouthpiece from the inhaler inside your mouth and close your lips together, then push down on the canister while gently breathing in for 10 seconds. If you need to take more than one dose, wait at least 60 seconds before taking the second dose. It is important to keep your inhaler clean and dry. You should clean the inhaler once a week. Proair HFA should be stored at room temperature away from direct sunlight and heat.
Proair HFA Precautions:
If you are allergic to any of the ingredients of Proair HFA, you should avoid taking it and inform your doctor. You must consult your doctor if you have any pre-existing medical conditions including heart disease, high blood pressure, heart disorders, epilepsy or any other breathing disorder, thyroid disorders and diabetes. You must consult your doctor if you are taking any other medications as they may interact with Proair HFA, including diuretics, digoxin, beta blockers, antidepressants, MAOIs and other bronchodilators. It is important that you inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding as Proair HFA may cause harm to unborn and new born babies. Proair can increase the risk of asthma related death, so it is important to follow the correct dosage.
The generic alternative is not manufactured by the company that makes the brand product.
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