What is
chronic bronchitis?

Chronic bronchitis is a narrowing of the airways in the lungs when they become inflamed

Chronic bronchitis: Narrowing of the airways in the lungs

When a person has chronic bronchitis:1

  • The airways in his or her lungs become inflamed, causing them to thicken or swell.
  • The inflammation also causes the muscles around the airways to tighten up, making airways even smaller.
  • Less air is able to flow through the airways.
  • Daily coughing often occurs because the airways produce a lot of mucus.

Chronic bronchitis is one type of COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). People with COPD usually have both chronic bronchitis and emphysema. These two conditions can make it very hard to breathe properly and carry out normal activities.1

Symptoms of chronic bronchitis can be treated

Some of the changes to the airways that occur with chronic bronchitis can be reduced with medicine. ProAir® HFA is an inhaled medicine that treats chronic bronchitis by:2

  • Causing the muscles in the airways to relax, thereby
  • Allowing more air to flow into the lungs and
  • Providing quick relief for patients with chronic bronchitis 

ProAir® HFA is the #1 dispensed inhaler in the U.S.3 Lots of people don't know that all inhalers are not the same. The ProAir® HFA quick-relief inhaler delivers a warmer, less forceful, longer-duration spray to give you more time to breathe in your medicine.4 Click to see how else the ProAir® HFA inhaler is different. And while you’re there, see the convenient ProAir® HFA dose counter. It lets you know exactly how many doses you have left and when it’s time to replace your inhaler. The counter numbers turn red letting you know it’s time to refill your prescription.

Other than inhaler medicines, there are other ways that people can manage COPD symptoms. The first step is to see a healthcare provider if you think you, or someone you know, has COPD. 

Our COPD symptoms checklist can help you explain your symptoms to your healthcare provider. 

Approved Uses

ProAir® HFA (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Aerosol is indicated in patients 4 years of age and older for the treatment or prevention of bronchospasm with reversible obstructive airway disease and for the prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm.

Important Safety Information

  • If your symptoms become significantly worse when you use ProAir® HFA, contact your doctor immediately. This may indicate either a worsening of your asthma or a reaction to the medication, which may rarely occur with the first use of a new canister of ProAir® HFA. Either of these could be life-threatening
  • What to tell your doctor before using ProAir® HFA: If you have a heart, blood, or seizure disorder, high blood pressure, diabetes, or an overactive thyroid, be sure to tell your doctor. Also make sure your doctor knows all the medications you are taking – especially heart medications and drugs that treat depression – because some medications may interfere with how well your asthma medications work. Do not exceed the recommended dose
  • Side effects associated with ProAir® HFA included headache, rapid heart beat, pain, dizziness, and irritation of the throat and nose

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

See Full Prescribing Information

  1. What is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD)? Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/health/dci/Diseases/Copd/Copd_WhatIs.html. Accessed February 12, 2014.
  2. ProAir® HFA Prescribing Information. Teva Respiratory, LLC; May 2012.
  3. IMS NPA Weekly SABA HFA Market Data Report, January 3, 2014.
  4. McCabe JC, Koppenhagen F, Blair J, Zeng X-M. ProAir® HFA delivers warmer, lower-impact, longer duration plumes containing higher fine particle dose than Ventolin® HFA. J Aerosol Med Pulm Drug Deliv. 2012;25(2): 104-109.