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Ventolin® HFA

Ventolin® HFA

Generic Name: Albuterol Sulfate


Ventolin® HFA

Instructions for use

  1. Wash and dry your hands well.
  2. Remove the mouthpiece cover and check for loose parts inside the mouthpiece.
  3. Prime the inhaler into the air away from your face if the unit is new, or you have not used it for 2 weeks or if the inhaler has been dropped.
  4. Sit up straight or stand up.
  5. Shake inhaler well before each spray.
  6. Hold the inhaler so the mouthpiece is at the bottom and the canister points upward. Fully exhale from your mouth.
  7. Place the mouthpiece between your lips. Make sure that your tongue is flat under the mouthpiece and does not block the opening.
  8. Seal your lips around the mouthpiece.
  9. Push the canister all the way down as you begin to slowly take a deep breath over 5 seconds through your mouth.
  10. Hold your breath for 10 seconds. If you cannot hold your breath for 10 seconds, then hold your breath for as long as possible.
  11. If you need another dose, wait one minute and repeat steps 4 to11.
  12. Replace the mouthpiece cover after each use. Store in a cool dry place.

Key product details

Medication Class & Use

  • Short-acting bronchodilator (also called rescue inhaler, fast acting inhaler, short-acting beta-2 agonist or SABA): Starts working quickly to relax the muscles that tighten around the airways and make breathing easier. The medicine usually lasts 3-4 hours.
  • Use for fast relief.


  • Usual dosing: 2 puffs every 4 to 6 hours as needed. Maximum dose is 12 puffs in 24 hours.
  • Each inhaler contains 200 inhalations (institutional pack = 60 actuations).


  • Priming: Spray 4 times before first use or if you have not not used the inhaler within 2 weeks.


  • Inhaler is empty when dose counter reads 000.
  • Refill when counter reaches 20 remaining doses.
  • Discard 12 months after removing inhaler from foil pouch.


  • Remove canister and wash mouthpiece with warm water weekly. Do not let the canister get wet. Let air dry. Inhaler may stop spraying if not properly cleaned.


  1. Galvin WF, Dunn PJ, Kallstrom TJ. A Patient’s Guide to Aerosol Drug Delivery. American Association for Respiratory Care; 2010.
  2. Product Information: VENTOLIN(R) HFA inhalation aerosol, albuterol sulfate HFA inhalation aerosol. GlaxoSmithKline, Research Triangle Park, NC, 2016.

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