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Proventil (Albuterol)

Proventil (Albuterol/Salbutamol) is a bronchodilator, classified as a beta-2 drug. It is regularly used to treat asthma. The drug is most often supplied in the form of oral metered-dose inhalers and intended for use by adults and children from 4 years of age.

Contents:

Proventil 100mcg 1inhaler $37.99 $37.99 per inhaler
Proventil 100mcg 3inhalers $89.99 $30.00 per inhaler
Proventil 100mcg 6inhalers $162.99 $27.17 per inhaler

Ingredients

Proventil aerosol contains a microcrystalline suspension of albuterol sulfate, ethanol, and oleic acid.

How it works

Proventil is a bronchodilator that relaxes the muscles of the respiratory tract and increases the flow of air into the patient’s lungs. The substance predominantly acts on beta2-receptors in the smooth muscles of the bronchi (breathing tubes).

What is it used for?

The drug is used to treat or prevent bronchospasm in people with reversible obstructive respiratory disease.

How to use it?

  • Use albuterol in dosages recommended by your doctor. Follow all recipe directions;
  • Do not use the medicine for longer than recommended;
  • Before each use of the drug, shake your inhaler;
  • The usual dose of albuterol is 2 inhalations every 4 to 6 hours. In this case, the effect lasts about 4 to 6 hours;
  • The medication should be stored at room temperature away from moisture, heat, or low temperatures;
  • Keep the inhaler away from open flame or high temperatures, as it is highly flammable;
  • If the medicine gets into your eyes, rinse them with plenty of water immediately;
  • Patients with cardiovascular disorders (especially coronary insufficiency), cardiac arrhythmias and hypertension, convulsive disorders should use albuterol with caution and only in cases agreed with the attending physician;
  • The effect of albuterol solution for inhalation can last up to six hours and therefore should not be used more often than recommended;
  • Never increase the dose or frequency of use of the drug without consulting a doctor;
  • Proventil should not be combined with other medicines for asthma unless otherwise recommended by a doctor.

Proventil

How often can you take it?

It is safe to use Proventil 4-6 times per day. But if you are having an attack, you can make inhalations every 30-60 minutes for 2-3 hours without significant risk of side effects.

Side effects

The medication is generally well tolerated by patients, and all side effects are quite consistent with its pharmacological activity.

Proventil can cause the following allergic reactions:

  • shortness of breath, choking, or other breathing problems;
  • chest pain, fast heart rate;
  • pain or burning when urinating;
  • high blood sugar – increased thirst, frequent urination, hunger, dry mouth, sweet smell when breathing, drowsiness, dry skin, blurred vision, weight loss;
  • low potassium – leg cramps, constipation, irregular heartbeat, back pain, body pain;
  • headache, dizziness;
  • nervousness;
  • nausea, diarrhea, indigestion, sore throat, sinus pain, runny nose;
  • dizziness;
  • increased body temperature;
  • irritability;
  • nausea;
  • redness of the face, neck, upper chest;
  • insomnia;
  • urination problem;
  • trouble sleeping;
  • drowsiness.

In general, the severity of these side effects depends on the dose. With further treatment, some side effects may pass by themselves, as your body adapts to the drug.

Dosage

  • The standard dose for adults in the treatment of asthma – 2 inhalations every 4-6 hours as needed. The dose may be increased to 400 mg of inhaled medication every 4-6 hours, if necessary;
  • The standard dose for adults in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease – 2 inhalations every 4-6 hours (as needed);
  • The standard dose for adults for the prevention of diseases or during physical activity – 2 breaths (180-216 mg) 15 minutes before a workout;
  • The usual pediatric dose for the treatment of asthma in a child less than 1 year of age – 0.05-0.15 mg every 4-6 hours;
  • The standard pediatric dose for treating asthma in a child aged 1 to 4 years old is 1.25-2.5 mg every 4-6 hours;
  • The standard pediatric dose for treating asthma in a child aged 5 years or more is 2 inhalations (216 mg) every 4-6 hours if necessary;
  • The standard pediatric dose for treating asthma in a child aged 5–11 years is 2.5 mg every 4–6 hours;
  • The standard pediatric dose for treating asthma in a child aged 12 years or more is 2.5 -5 mg every 6 hours as needed.

Albuterol in higher doses may exacerbate angina, myocardial ischemia, or cause atrial or ventricular arrhythmias of the heart.

Overdose symptoms may include dry mouth, tremor, chest pain, fast heartbeat, nausea, general feeling of sickness, convulsions, feeling of weakness or fainting.

Receiving high doses of salbutamol with asthma exacerbation leads to the fact that each subsequent attack of asphyxiation becomes more intense than the previous one.

Drug interaction

You must consult a doctor if you are currently taking:

  • any other inhaled drugs or bronchodilators,
  • digoxin,
  • any diuretic drugs,
  • antidepressants – amitriptyline, desipramine, imipramine, doxepin, nortriptyline, as well as others,
  • carvedilol, labetalol, metoprolol, propranolol, sotalol and other similar drugs.

This list is not complete.

Contraindications

You should not use Proventil if you are allergic to albuterol. Also, you should not use an inhaler if you are allergic to milk proteins.

Before using the drug, tell your doctor if you have (or previously had):

  • heart disease, high blood pressure, heart failure;
  • heart rhythm disorder;
  • epilepsy or diabetes;
  • thyroid disease;
  • low levels of potassium in the blood.

Be sure to notify the doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant or feed a newborn.

It is not known how the drug affects breast milk and whether it can harm the infant. Therefore, you should definitely consult your doctor before going to breastfeeding while taking albuterol.