Why ProAir HFA?

Why ProAir® HFA?

Treating Bronchospasm with ProAir® HFA:

Counts your doses

ProAir® HFA is a rescue inhaler with a dose counter and numbers that turn red when it’s nearly empty. So you know:

  • How many doses you have left
  • When it’s time to replace your inhaler

Living with bronchospasm

When traveling with ProAir® HFA or traveling somewhere with a child with bronchospasm, the ProAir® HFA Inhaler:

  • Doesn’t need to be stored in a moisture-resistant pouch
  • Doesn’t need to be stored upright
  • Doesn’t need to be reprimed when dropped*

*ProAir® HFA must be primed if you have not used it for more than 14 days, and dosed with the mouthpiece down. It should be stored between 59ºF and 77ºF.

Up to two years’ expiration

ProAir® HFA offers up to 24 months before expiration. The inhaler may be used for up to two years or 200 doses, whichever comes first.**

** The expiration date of your inhaler is important. You should check your expiration date and replace your inhaler prior to the date shown on your inhaler canister.

The ProAir® HFA inhaler usage and cleaning instructions

To make sure you get the right amount of medicine when you use your ProAir® HFA inhaler, it’s important that you:

  • Use it correctly
  • Keep it clean. At least once a week, wash the actuator with warm water, shake off excess, and air dry thoroughly

You can download usage and cleaning instructions for your ProAir® HFA inhaler.

If you need to use ProAir® HFA more than two days a week for reasons other than to help prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB), you may want to talk to your doctor about a long-term controller medication for asthma.1

Approved Uses

ProAir® HFA (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Aerosol is a prescription medicine used in people 4 years of age and older to:

  • treat or prevent bronchospasm in people with reversible obstructive airway disease
  • prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm.

Important Safety Information

  • Do not use ProAir HFA (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Aerosol if you are allergic to albuterol sulfate or any of the ingredients in ProAir HFA. Ask your healthcare provider if you have any questions or are not sure
  • Before using ProAir HFA, tell your healthcare provider about all of your medical conditions, including if you:
    • have heart problems
    • have high blood pressure (hypertension)
    • have convulsions (seizures)
    • have thyroid problems
    • have diabetes
    • have low potassium levels in your blood
    • are pregnant or planning to become pregnant
    • are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed
  • Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, especially:
    • other inhaled medicines or asthma medicines
    • beta blocker medicines
    • diuretics
    • digoxin
    • monoamine oxidase inhibitors
    • tricyclic antidepressants
  • Do not increase your dose or take extra doses of ProAir HFA without first talking to your healthcare provider
  • Get medical help right away if ProAir HFA no longer helps your symptoms, your symptoms get worse or you need to use your inhaler more often
  • While you are using ProAir HFA, do not use other inhaled rescue medicines and asthma medicines unless your healthcare provider tells you to do so
  • ProAir HFA may cause serious side effects, including:
    • worsening trouble breathing, coughing and wheezing (paradoxical bronchospasm). If this happens, stop using ProAir HFA and call your healthcare provider or get emergency help right away. This is more likely to happen with your first use of a new asthma inhalation medicine
    • heart problems, including faster heart rate and higher blood pressure
    • possible death in people with asthma who use too much ProAir HFA
    • allergic reactions. Call your healthcare provider right away if you have the following symptoms of an allergic reaction:
      • itchy skin
      • swelling beneath your skin or in your throat
      • rash
      • worsening trouble breathing
    • changes in laboratory blood values (sugar, potassium)
  • The most common side effects of ProAir HFA include:
    • your heart feels like it is pounding or racing (palpitations)
    • chest pain
    • fast heart rate
    • shakiness
    • nervousness
    • headache
    • dizziness
    • sore throat
    • runny nose
  • These are not all of the possible side effects of ProAir HFA. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist
  • You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088

Please read the full Prescribing Information.


1. NHLBI Expert Panel Report 3 (EPR3): Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/asthma/asthgdln.htm. Accessed April 8, 2016.