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Kids, exercise, and asthma

Kids 4 years of age and older

Recognizing symptoms of EIB (exercise-induced bronchospasm) in children1

Is your child:

  • Having trouble breathing during or after playing?
  • Wheezing?
  • Coughing during or after playing?

If you answered yes to one or more of these questions, your child may be experiencing EIB, a condition that can make it hard to breathe during or after exercise. That’s why it’s important to speak with your child’s healthcare provider about these symptoms. Only your child’s healthcare provider can diagnose your child.

Check your child’s symptoms

If your child is showing any of the asthma symptoms listed above, talk with your child’s pediatrician. Ask if ProAir® HFA can help.

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, or call 1-800-FDA-1088

Please read the full Prescribing Information.


1. Sinha T, David AK. Recognition and management of exercise-induced bronchospasm. Am Fam Physician. 2003;67(4):769-774, 675.