Albuterol Inhalation

(al-BYOO-ter-all)

Albuterol (Ventolin, Proventil) is a quick-relief medicine for wheezing and asthma.

It is used to open the airways of the lungs.

Albuterol is given to your child either through an aerosol machine (nebulizer) or metered-dose inhaler (MDI). 

  • Albuterol is used as needed for quick relief of symptoms. Use as directed by your child's doctor.
  • Shake inhaler well before use.
  • Read and follow all instructions provided with inhaler. Using this medicine the correct way is very important. Ask your child's doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions about using the inhaler or nebulizer machine.
  • Your child's doctor may want to have your child use a spacer with the inhaler. Using a spacer with an inhaler will help get the medicine into the lungs and work better.
  • Make sure you refill this prescription before you run out of medication.
  • If you notice that your child needs to use the inhaler more often than usual, you should talk with your child's doctor.
  • Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are using any other medicine, including over-the-counter (OTC) medicine.
  • Do not leave this medicine inside a car where it could be exposed to heat or cold.
  • Do not use after the expiration date on the package.
  • Keep this medication out of the reach of children.
  • If too much medication is taken by accident, call the Drug and Poison Information Center (DPIC), 513-636-5111 or 1-800-222-1222, or call your child's doctor immediately.  

For any medication information related to your child's dosing schedule, contact the healthcare provider who prescribed the medication.

Call your child's doctor if the following effects continue or are bothersome:

  • Fast heart rate
  • Nervousness
  • Tremor
  • Inability to sleep  
  • Your child needs this medicine more often than prescribed
  • Has any serious side effects
  • Is not helped by taking this medicine

Last Updated 11/2013