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Brand Names: Proventil, Proventil Repetabs, Ventolin, Volmax

Generic Name: albuterol (Pronunciation: al BYOO teh rall)

What is albuterol (Proventil, Proventil Repetabs, Ventolin, Volmax)?

Albuterol works by relaxing muscles in the airways to improve breathing.

Albuterol is used to treat bronchospasm (wheezing, shortness of breath) associated with reversible obstructive airway disease such as asthma.

Albuterol may also be used for conditions other than those listed in this medication guide.

Albuterol 2 mg-MYL

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Albuterol 2 mg-URL

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Albuterol 4 mg-MUT

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Albuterol 4 mg-MYL

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Albuterol 4 mg-WAR

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Albuterol ER 4 mg-MYL

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Albuterol ER 8 mg-MYL

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Proventil 2 mg

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Proventil Repetabs 4 mg

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Volmax 4 mg

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Volmax 8 mg

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What are the possible side effects of albuterol (Proventil, Proventil Repetabs, Ventolin, Volmax)?

Stop taking albuterol and seek emergency medical attention if you experience any of the following serious side effects:

  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives); or
  • chest pain or irregular heartbeats.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to take albuterol and talk to your doctor if you experience

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about albuterol (Proventil, Proventil Repetabs, Ventolin, Volmax)?

Seek medical attention if you notice that you require more than your usual or more than the maximum amount of any asthma medication in a 24-hour period. An increased need for medication could be an early sign of a serious asthma attack.

Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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