VENTOLIN HFA Rx

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VENTOLIN HFA

Asthma/COPD
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Generic Name and Formulations:

Albuterol 90mcg/inh; metered-dose aerosol; contains hydrofluoroalkane; CFC-free.

Company:

GlaxoSmithKline

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Indications for VENTOLIN HFA:

Bronchospasm.

Adults and Children:

<4yrs: not established. ≥4yrs: 2 inh every 4–6hrs as needed; 1 inh every 4hrs may suffice. Exercise-induced bronchospasm: 2 inh 15–30 minutes before exercise.

Warnings/Precautions:

Avoid excessive use. Sensitivity to sympathomimetics. Discontinue if paradoxical bronchospasm, immediate hypersensitivity reactions, or cardiovascular effects occur. Cardiovascular disease (eg, coronary insufficiency, arrhythmias, hypertension). Diabetes. Hyperthyroidism. Seizure disorders. Reevaluate periodically. Elderly. Labor & delivery. Pregnancy (Cat.C). Nursing mothers: not recommended.

Interactions:

Avoid MAOIs, tricyclics within 14 days (increased cardiovascular effects). Oral sympathomimetics: not recommended. Antagonized by β-blockers. Monitor digoxin. Caution with other drugs that may lower serum potassium (eg, diuretics).

Pharmacological Class:

Beta-2 agonist.

Adverse Reactions:

Throat irritation, viral respiratory infections, upper respiratory inflammation, cough, musculoskeletal pain; hypokalemia, paradoxical bronchospasm, cardiovascular effects, hypersensitivity reactions (eg, rash, urticaria, angioedema).

Generic Availability:

NO

How Supplied:

Inhalation aerosol (w. dose counter)—8g (60 inh), 18g (200 inh)