What is ProAir HFA?ProAir HFA is a fast-acting bronchodilator, which quickly opens the airways in your lungs so that you can breathe more easily. ProAir HFA is used to treat and prevent wheezing and shortness of breath brought about by breathing problems such as asthma. It is also used in the prevention of exercise-induced asthma.
What is the most important information I should know about ProAir HFA?Increasing the number of doses of ProAir HFA can be dangerous and may actually worsen asthma symptoms. Do not take ProAir HFA more frequently than your doctor recommends.
Get medical help right away if ProAir HFA no longer helps your symptoms. Also get medical help if your symptoms get worse or if you need to use your inhaler more often.
Who should not take ProAir HFA?Do not take ProAir HFA if you are allergic to the medication of any of its ingredients.
What should I tell my doctor before I take the first dose of ProAir HFA?Tell your doctor about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with ProAir HFA. Also, talk to your doctor about your complete medical history, especially if you have a heart condition, seizure disorder, high blood pressure, abnormal heartbeat, overactive thyroid gland, or diabetes.
What is the usual dosage?The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your doctor uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your doctor may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your doctor's approval.
Asthma Prevention and Acute Bronchospasm
Adults and children ≥4 years: The usual dosage is 2 inhalations repeated every 4-6 hours.
Adults and children ≥4 years: The usual dosage is 2 inhalations 15-30 minutes before exercise.
How should I take ProAir HFA?Speak with your doctor about the correct way to use the ProAir HFA inhaler and refer to the detailed instructions that accompany the drug.
As with all aerosol medications, prime the inhaler before using for the first time and in cases where the inhaler has not been used for more than 2 weeks. Prime by releasing three "test sprays" into the air, away from your face.
Keep the plastic mouthpiece clean to prevent medication buildup and blockage. Wash the mouthpiece and shake to remove excess water and air dry thoroughly at least once a week. The inhaler may stop spraying if not properly cleaned.
The correct amount of medication in each inhalation cannot be assured after 200 sprays, even though the canister is not completely empty. Discard the canister when the indicated number of sprays has been used. Before you reach the specific number of sprays, you should consult your doctor to determine whether a refill is needed.
Just as you should not take extra doses without consulting your doctor, you also should not stop using ProAir HFA without consulting your doctor.
What should I avoid while taking ProAir HFA?Avoid puncturing the inhaler. Contents are under pressure so exposure to higher temperatures may cause bursting.
Avoid spraying in eyes.
What are possible food and drug interactions associated with ProAir HFA?If ProAir HFA is taken with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your doctor before combining ProAir HFA with the following: antidepressants classified as MAO inhibitors and tricyclics, beta-blockers, digoxin, drugs similar to albuterol and epinephrine, drugs that lower potassium levels, and other inhaled medications.
What are the possible side effects of ProAir HFA?Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your doctor as soon as possible. Only your doctor can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this drug.
Side effects may include: sore throat, headache, tremor, nervousness, rapid heart rate, chest pain, dizziness
Can I receive ProAir HFA if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?The effects of ProAir HFA during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your doctor immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.
What should I do if I miss a dose of ProAir HFA?If you miss a dose of ProAir HFA, take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not take two doses at once.
How should I store ProAir HFA?Store at room temperature.
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