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