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Ventolin HFA

Generic name: albuterol sulfate

What is Ventolin HFA?

Ventolin HFA is a prescription inhaled medicine used in people aged 4 years and older to:

  • treat or prevent bronchospasm in people who have reversible obstructive airway disease
  • prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm

It is not known if Ventolin HFA is safe and effective in children younger than 4 years of age.

Who should not use Ventolin HFA?

Do not use Ventolin HFA if you are allergic to albuterol sulfate or any of the ingredients in Ventolin HFA. See the end of this Patient Information for a complete list of ingredients.

What should I tell my healthcare provider before using Ventolin HFA?

Tell your healthcare provider about all of your health conditions, including if you:

  • have heart problems.
  • have high blood pressure.
  • have seizures.
  • have thyroid problems.
  • have diabetes.
  • have low potassium levels in your blood.
  • are pregnant or planning to become pregnant. It is not known if Ventolin HFA may harm your unborn baby.
    • Pregnancy Registry. There is a pregnancy registry for women with asthma who receive asthma medications, including VENTOLIN HFA, while pregnant. The purpose of the registry is to collect information about the health of you and your baby. You can talk to your healthcare provider about how to take part in this registry or you can get more information and register by calling 1-877-311-8972 or go to
  • are breastfeeding. It is not known if the medicine in Ventolin HFA passes into your milk and if it can harm your baby.

Tell your healthcare provider about all the medicines you take, including prescription and over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements. Ventolin HFA and certain other medicines may interact with each other. This may cause serious side effects.

Especially tell your healthcare provider if you take:

  • other inhaled medicines or asthma medicines
  • beta-blocker medicines
  • diuretics
  • digoxin
  • monoamine oxidase inhibitors
  • tricyclic antidepressants

Ask your healthcare provider 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 healthcare provider and pharmacist when you get a new medicine.

How should I use Ventolin HFA?

Read the step-by-step instructions for using Ventolin HFA that came with you medication.

  • Do not use Ventolin HFA unless your healthcare provider has taught you how to use the inhaler and you understand how to use it correctly.
  • Children should use Ventolin HFA with an adult’s help, as instructed by the child’s healthcare provider.
  • Use Ventolin HFA exactly as your healthcare provider tells you to use it. Do not use Ventolin HFA more often than prescribed.
  • Do not increase your dose or take extra doses of Ventolin HFA without first talking to your healthcare provider.
  • Each dose of Ventolin HFA should last up to 4 hours to 6 hours.
  • Get medical help right away if Ventolin 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 Ventolin HFA, use other inhaled medicines and asthma medicines only as directed by your healthcare provider.
  • Call your healthcare provider if your asthma symptoms like wheezing and trouble breathing become worse over a few hours or days. Your healthcare provider may need to give you another medicine to treat your symptoms.

What are the possible side effects with Ventolin HFA?

Ventolin HFA can cause serious side effects, including:

  • worsening trouble breathing, coughing, and wheezing (paradoxical bronchospasm). If this happens, stop using Ventolin HFA and call your healthcare provider 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 Ventolin HFA
  • Serious allergic reactions. Call your healthcare provider or get emergency medical care if you get any of the following symptoms of a serious allergic reaction:
    • rash
    • hives
    • swelling of your face, mouth, and tongue
    • breathing problems
    • changes in laboratory blood levels (sugar, potassium)

Common side effects of Ventolin HFA 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

Tell your healthcare provider about any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away.

These are not all the side effects with Ventolin HFA. Ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for more information.

Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

General information about the safe and effective use of Ventolin HFA

Medicines are sometimes prescribed for purposes not mentioned in a Patient Information leaflet. Do not use Ventolin HFA for a condition for which it was not prescribed. Do not give your Ventolin HFA to other people, even if they have the same condition that you have. It may harm them.

This Patient Information leaflet summarizes the most important information about Ventolin HFA. If you would like more information, talk with your healthcare provider or pharmacist. You can ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist for information about Ventolin HFA that was written for healthcare professionals.

How should I store Ventolin HFA?

  • Store Ventolin HFA at room temperature between 68°F and 77°F (20°C and 25°C) with the mouthpiece down.
  • The contents of your Ventolin HFA are under pressure: Do not puncture. Do not use or store near heat or open flame. Temperatures above 120°F may cause the canister to burst.
  • Do not throw into fire or an incinerator.
  • Store Ventolin HFA in the unopened foil pouch and only open when ready for use.

Keep Ventolin HFA and all medicines out of the reach of children.

What are the ingredients in Ventolin HFA?

Active ingredient: albuterol sulfate

Inactive ingredient: propellant HFA-134a

For more information about Ventolin HFA, call 1-888-825-5249 or visit our website at

Source: National Library of Medicine. Last updated March 9, 2018.