Proventil is a prescription drug approved by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to prevent and treat bronchospasms in diseases such as asthma. Proventil is also known by its drug name, Albuterol. Albuterol is also marketed under the brand name Ventolin. Proventil is sometimes prescribed to treat respiratory symptoms in people with food allergies. Since the FDA has not approved Proventil specifically for this usage, it may be considered “off-label.”
Proventil is a bronchodilator, a drug that dilates the bronchi and bronchioles in the lungs, making it easier to breathe. Proventil is believed to work by relaxing smooth muscles in the airways. Proventil is considered a short-acting bronchodilator.
How do I take it?
Proventil is taken as needed or before exercise every four to six hours.
Proventil comes as an inhaler.
The FDA-approved label for Proventil lists common side effects including shaking, nervousness, headache, nausea, coughing, throat irritation, and dizziness.
Rare but serious side effects listed for Proventil include chest pain and irregular heartbeat.
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