Recognizing the
signs of EIB

EIB is not asthma; use this checklist to see if you have exercise induced bronchospasm

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Please speak with your healthcare provider before making any changes to your asthma treatment.

Your EIB Screener Results

What do you feel with EIB (exercise-induced-bronchospasm)?

EIB is not asthma, though the breathing problems associated with EIB may feel similar to asthma symptoms.

So what's the difference? EIB-related breathing problems are short-term and may be brought on when you exercise in cold, dry air. With EIB, you may experience:1

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Tightness in your chest
  • Coughing during or after exercise

EIB can make you feel frustrated. That's understandable. After all, EIB can make it hard for you to be physically active. Many people with EIB choose to avoid physical activiy as a result of their breathing issues, 2 but that lack of exercise can lead to other health problems.3

If you're having trouble breathing during or after sports or exercise, speak with your healthcare provider to see if you might be experiencing EIB and if EIB treatment is right for you. Using ProAir® HFA pre-exercise inhaler before physical activity can help prevent EIB.1 Our EIB Screener below can help you identify and discuss your exercise-related breathing problems with your healthcare provider.

The EIB (exercise-induced bronchospasm) Screener2

Do you have trouble breathing when you exercise? If so, indicate below how you feel when you exercise so you can share it with your doctor.

Q1:

During the past 4 weeks, have you experienced breathing problems during or after exercise, or other physical exertion? (Check all that apply.)
  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing or noisy breathing
  • Tightness in your chest
  • Coughing
  • Trouble taking a deep breath
  • Decreased exercise endurance

Q2:

During the past 4 weeks, did you stop or avoid exercising because of exercise-related respiratory issues?
  • Yes
  • No

Q3:

Please select the answer that best describes you in the past 12 months: I am not participating in the activities I want to because of exercise-related respiratory problems?
  • Yes
  • No

If you checked any of the boxes in question #1 or answered yes to any of the remaining questions, speak with your healthcare provider. EIB treatment may include using the ProAir® HFA inhaler 15-30 minutes before exercising.4 Taking ProAir® HFA proactively may help prevent EIB.

ProAir® HFA comes with a dose counter that tells you:5

  • How many doses you have left
  • When it's time to replace your inhaler. The counter numbers turn red letting you know it's time to refill your prescription

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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

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References
  1. Sinha T, David AK. Recognition and Management of Exercise-Induced Bronchospasm. Am Fam Physician. 2003; 67(4): 769-774, 675
  2. EIB: A Landmark Survey. Executive Summary. Available at: http://eiblandmarksurvey.com/executive_summary.aspx. Accessed February 12, 2014.
  3. American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Obesity in children and teens. Facts for Families newsletter. 2008: No 79
  4. NHLBI Expert Panel Report 3 (EPR3): Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/guidelines/asthma/asthgdln.htm. Accessed February 12, 2014.
  5. ProAir® HFA Prescribing Information. Teva Respiratory, LLC; May 2012.