Generic Name: Albuterol Sulfate
Instructions for use
- Wash and dry your hands well.
- Remove the mouthpiece cover and check for loose parts inside the mouthpiece.
- 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.
- Sit up straight or stand up.
- Shake inhaler well before each spray.
- Hold the inhaler so the mouthpiece is at the bottom and the canister points upward. Fully exhale from your mouth.
- Place the mouthpiece between your lips. Make sure that your tongue is flat under the mouthpiece and does not block the opening.
- Seal your lips around the mouthpiece.
- Push the canister all the way down as you begin to slowly take a deep breath over 5 seconds through your mouth.
- Hold your breath for 10 seconds. If you cannot hold your breath for 10 seconds, then hold your breath for as long as possible.
- If you need another dose, wait one minute and repeat steps 4 to11.
- 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.
- Galvin WF, Dunn PJ, Kallstrom TJ. A Patient’s Guide to Aerosol Drug Delivery. American Association for Respiratory Care; 2010.
- Product Information: VENTOLIN(R) HFA inhalation aerosol, albuterol sulfate HFA inhalation aerosol. GlaxoSmithKline, Research Triangle Park, NC, 2016.
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