Information you should know
Who should not use ProAir® HFA?
Do not use ProAir® HFA if you are allergic to albuterol sulfate or any ingredients in ProAir® HFA. See a complete list of ingredients in ProAir® HFA.
What should I tell my doctor before I use ProAir® HFA? Before you use ProAir® HFA, tell your doctor 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 plan to become pregnant. It is not known whether ProAir® HFA will harm your unborn baby. Talk to your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant.
- Are breastfeeding or plan to breastfeed. It is not known whether ProAir® HFA passes into your breast milk. Talk to your doctor about the best way to feed your baby if you are using ProAir® HFA.
Tell your doctor about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
ProAir® HFA, and other medicines, may affect each other and cause side effects. ProAir® HFA may affect the way other medicines work, and other medicines may affect the way ProAir® HFA works.
Especially tell your doctor if you take:
- Other inhaled medicines or asthma medicines
- Beta-blocker medicines
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitors
- Tricyclic antidepressants
Ask your doctor or pharmacist for a list of these medicines if you are not sure. Know the medicines you take. Keep a list of them to show your doctor and pharmacist whenever you are prescribed a new medicine.
How should I use ProAir® HFA?
- For detailed instructions, see “Instructions for Use” at the end of the Prescribing Information.
- Use ProAir® HFA exactly as your doctor tells you to use it
- If your child needs to use ProAir® HFA, watch your child closely to make sure your child uses the inhaler correctly. Your doctor will show you how your child should use ProAir® HFA.
- Each dose of ProAir® HFA should last up to four to six hours
- Do not increase your dose or take extra doses of ProAir® HFA without first talking to your doctor
- Get medical help right away if ProAir® HFA no longer helps your symptoms
- Get medical help right away if your symptoms get worse, or if you need to use your inhaler more often
- While you are using ProAir® HFA, do not use other inhaled rescue medicines unless your doctor tells you to do so
Call your doctor if your asthma symptoms, like wheezing and having trouble breathing, become worse over a few hours or days. Your doctor may need to give you another medicine (for example, corticosteroids) to treat your symptoms.
What are the possible side effects of ProAir® HFA? 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 doctor or get emergency help right away. Paradoxical bronchospasm is more likely to happen with your first use of a new canister of 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 doctor right away if you have the following symptoms of an allergic reaction:
- Itchy skin
- Swelling beneath your skin or in your throat
- Low potassium levels in your blood
- Worsening of other medical problems, including increases in blood sugar
The most common side effects of ProAir HFA include:
- Your heart feels like it is pounding or racing (palpitations)
- Chest pain
- Fast heart rate
- Sore throat
- Runny nose
Tell your doctor if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.
These are not all of the possible side effects of ProAir® HFA. For more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
How should I store ProAir® HFA?
- Store ProAir® HFA at room temperature, between 59°F and 77°F (15°C and 25°C)
- Avoid exposure to extreme heat and cold
- Shake the ProAir® HFA canister well before use
- Do not puncture the ProAir® HFA canister
- Do not store the ProAir® HFA canister near heat or flame. Temperatures above 120°F may cause the canister to burst
- Do not throw the ProAir® HFA canister into a fire or an incinerator
- Avoid spraying ProAir® HFA in your eyes
Keep ProAir® HFA and all medicines out of the reach of children.
General Information about the safe and effective use of ProAir® HFA:
Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes other than those listed in a Medication Guide. Do not use ProAir® HFA for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give ProAir® HFA to other people, even if they have the same symptoms that you have. It may harm them.
This Patient Information summarizes the most important information about ProAir® HFA. If you would like more information, talk with your doctor. You can also see information about ProAir® HFA that has been written for health professionals by clicking on this link to the Prescribing Information.
For more information, call Teva Respiratory at 1-888-482-9522.
What are the ingredients in ProAir® HFA?
Active ingredient: albuterol sulfate
Inactive ingredients: propellant HFA-134a and ethanol