and your airways

Albuterol, a short-acting beta2 adrenergic agonist, relaxes the muscles around you lung’s airways

What is albuterol?

Albuterol relaxes the muscles around your airways

Albuterol is what’s known as a short-acting beta2-agonist or SABA. SABAs are a recommended treatment for relieving the sudden symptoms of asthma and for preventing exercise-induced bronchospasm (EIB).1 They are also recommended for treating COPD.3

When you have an asthma attack or a bronchospasm in your airways, the muscles around your airways tighten, making it harder to breathe.1

Albuterol relaxes the muscles around the airways1 and lets more air flow through. Albuterol generally acts within 3-5 minutes after it has been inhaled.1

The ProAir® HFA inhaler is designed to give you more time to breathe in the albuterol. That’s because it delivers a spray that is:2

  • Warmer
  • Less forceful
  • Longer in duration

ProAir® HFA also comes with a convenient dose counter that tells you:3

  • 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

Learn more about how the ProAir® HFA inhaler is different.

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, or call 1-800-FDA-1088

See Full Prescribing Information

  1. NHLBI Expert Panel Report 3 (EPR3): Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. Available at: Accessed February 12, 2014.
  2. 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.
  3. ProAir® HFA Prescribing Information. Teva Respiratory, LLC; 2012.