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ProAir HFA

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3.4
1.8  Effectiveness
5.6  Side Effects
3.2  Holistic Benefits

RateADrug users have reported 7 ProAir HFA side effects and 2 ProAir HFA benefits.

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Treatment Information
The generic name of this medication is albuterol and brand name is ProAir HFA.

The active ingredient of this medication is albuterol sulfate.

ProAir HFA is manufactured by Dey L.P.

It is primarily used in the treatment and prevention of dyspnea or breathing problems in patients who have asthma or certain other airway diseases.
Famous People with Asthma
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Lindsay Lohan

Lohan made headlines in 2008 when she went to a Miami emergency room suffering from an acute asthma attack.

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John Fitzgerald "Jack" Kennedy

He often used amphetamines to control asthma symptoms.

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Diane Keaton

Keaton reportedly suffers from adult-onset asthma and once played at an asthmatic cat lover.

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Jackie Joyner-Kersee

Jackie Joyner-Kersee's breathing difficulties were first diagnosed as bronchitis, then mononucleosis.

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Effectiveness of ProAir HFA by Condition
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Reported Changes in Health and Well-Being
Since taking ProAir HFA, RateADrug survey participants noticed these changes in their health:
Effect on:Much WorseWorseNo ChangeBetterMuch Better
Appetite 5.3% 7.9% 76.3% 7.9% 2.6%
Balance/Equilibrium 2.6% 7.7% 87.2% 2.6% 0%
Blood Pressure 5.3% 0% 89.5% 5.3% 0%
Breathing 22.7% 15.9% 25% 15.9% 20.5%
Confidence 7.3% 7.3% 73.2% 7.3% 4.9%
Coordination/Motor Skills 2.6% 5.1% 82.1% 10.3% 0%
Digestion 5.3% 10.5% 78.9% 5.3% 0%
Emotional Well-being 7.3% 4.9% 70.7% 14.6% 2.4%
Energy 7.3% 7.3% 58.5% 24.4% 2.4%
Eyesight 4.9% 9.8% 85.4% 0% 0%
Memory 2.6% 2.6% 89.7% 2.6% 2.6%
Mental Clarity 7.3% 4.9% 80.5% 7.3% 0%
Pain 2.6% 5.3% 84.2% 7.9% 0%
Patience 7.7% 2.6% 79.5% 10.3% 0%
Sexual Health 5.1% 2.6% 87.2% 2.6% 2.6%
Skin Complexion 10% 2.5% 80% 7.5% 0%
Sleep 5.1% 7.7% 64.1% 15.4% 7.7%
Stress Level 7.5% 15% 57.5% 15% 5%
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Commonly Reported ProAir HFA Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced these commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Cold Symptoms 75% 0% 0% 16.7% 8.3%
Headache 69.2% 15.4% 2.6% 7.7% 5.1%
Gas 83.3% 0% 0% 8.3% 8.3%
Fatigue 67.5% 7.5% 5% 15% 5%
Depression 91.7% 8.3% 0% 0% 0%
Sensitivity to Light 91.7% 0% 8.3% 0% 0%
Mood Swings 91.7% 8.3% 0% 0% 0%
Blurred Vision 91.7% 0% 0% 0% 8.3%
Breathing Difficulties 50% 16.7% 8.3% 16.7% 8.3%
Sexual Dysfunction 91.7% 0% 8.3% 0% 0%
Stomach Ache 75% 8.3% 8.3% 8.3% 0%
Fever 91.7% 0% 8.3% 0% 0%
Irregular Heartbeat 66.7% 0% 16.7% 16.7% 0%
Indigestion 77.8% 2.8% 2.8% 13.9% 2.8%
Anxiety 66.7% 8.3% 8.3% 16.7% 0%
Drowsiness 75% 8.3% 0% 8.3% 8.3%
Nausea 81.1% 8.1% 5.4% 2.7% 2.7%
Dry Mouth 63.2% 13.2% 13.2% 10.5% 0%
Rapid Heartbeat 46.2% 26.9% 15.4% 7.7% 3.8%
Dizziness 65% 17.5% 12.5% 5% 0%
Insomnia 91.7% 0% 8.3% 0% 0%
Allergic Reaction 86.8% 0% 5.3% 5.3% 2.6%
Nervousness 60.5% 13.2% 15.8% 7.9% 2.6%
Irritability / Impatience 67.6% 16.2% 5.4% 5.4% 5.4%
Muscle Cramping 66.7% 8.3% 8.3% 16.7% 0%
Diarrhea 91.7% 0% 8.3% 0% 0%
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Less Commonly Reported ProAir HFA Side Effects
RateADrug survey participants experienced less commonly reported side effects:
Effect on:NoneMildModerateStrongSevere
Mood Swings 77.8% 7.4% 7.4% 3.7% 3.7%
Hyperactivity 83.3% 11.1% 0% 2.8% 2.8%
Feelings of Anger / Rage 81.6% 5.3% 5.3% 2.6% 5.3%
Difficulty Urinating 94.4% 0% 2.8% 2.8% 0%
Indigestion 50% 0% 50% 0% 0%
Tremors 73.1% 11.5% 11.5% 3.8% 0%
Change in Weight 50% 0% 50% 0% 0%
Blurred Vision 78.6% 3.6% 7.1% 10.7% 0%
Constipation 81.5% 3.7% 3.7% 7.4% 3.7%
Hallucinations 84.6% 0% 11.5% 3.8% 0%
Skin Rash 85.7% 0% 3.6% 3.6% 7.1%
Abnormal / Vivid Dreams 88.9% 5.6% 0% 2.8% 2.8%
Depression 82.1% 3.6% 0% 14.3% 0%
Leg and/or Foot Cramping 73% 13.5% 5.4% 2.7% 5.4%
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Episodes since taking ProAir HFA
Since taking ProAir HFA Rate a Drug survey participants reported these episodes:
Hallucination 1.9%
Hospitalization 1.9%
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User Comments about ProAir HFA
30 Mar 2013 I was glad to see new Pro-Air had a built-in counter. However, as I used it, my asthma symptoms worsened & I wheezed more & woke up wheezing & short of breath. I thought I' try omitting the rescue inhaler. Since stopping, I've had little need for anything more than ADVAIR and I only use albuterol with nebulizer (electric) or with hand-held nebulizer rarely. I wonder if it was the propellant, if that has been changed, as I did not have this experience before with Pro-Air
   —Posted by Pristine
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14 Feb 2013 Does anyone else think this medication has an aftertaste akin to the flavor of fresh green grapes? In other news, I have also experienced this inhaler's refusal to spray, just as grandmamean explained. I find that I need to press hard with my index and middle fingers combined with extra pressure from the rest of my hand, and not just my fingers or thumb. Still, it doesn't work at its best every time. The thick brown mucous occurrence never has happened to me, but sounds absolutely terrifying. A pediatrician new to my doctor's office has often recommend that I use this inhaler instead of a nebulizer for terrible cold-related chest congestion. I didn't - I still had good albuterol to use with my nebulizer and didn't trust the thing to do better than the moisture + medication a nebulizer provides.. I haven't tried to use ProAir HFA with a major case of chest congestion so I cannot comment well on its effectiveness. I do, however, notice when the inhaler is effective during a cold (which I have right now). I can certainly breathe deeper and find my light congestion easier to be rid of when it wasn't really loosening up beforehand. It's especially effective for me after waking up and congestion has settled in my chest. My asthma is not severe, not since I reached adulthood. I have only used this inhaler on and off for 2 years - this week being the most extensively I believe I have used it. I have previously used a blue generic inhaler I cannot remember the name of (just prior to receiving ProAir - I think it was a FloVent generic), and both Flovent and I think the white Warrick inhaler when I was a kid. I really wouldn't say it works as well as those did, but they used a different (wet) propellant - right? That's a pretty big deal.
   —Posted by Shroom
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09 Jul 2012 i use proair and it works great for me, in the past i have been subscribed xopenex and it does nothing. ive not had a problem with mine clogging and i hardly ever clean it. xopenex doesnt work for my nephew either. however, proair does makd me angry for no reason
   —Posted by Piccolo343
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14 Nov 2011 I am an asthmatic for over twenty years. The Warrick (white) inhaler which was discontinued was the most effective inhaler that I used. I was given ProAir after the Warrick was discontinued. This is the worst inhaler that I ever used. IT was ineffective and totally useless. I threw it in the garbage and went back to the doctor and told him to write me a prescription for something else. I have been using Ventolin which is much more effective than Proair. Apparently everyone is complaining that it is no good but yet still doctors are prescribing it. Is the Proair company giving kick backs to doctors. How many people have died because they lacked an effective inhaler when an acute attack emerges? My moms doctor says that she can only write prescriptions for Proair. I buy the ventolin for her out of pocket. We ashtmatics need to start a campaign agains this utter piece of garbage this drug company is parading as an inhaler. I will say it one last time as an asthmatic for over twenty years. PRO-AIR IS A AN INEFEECTIVE PIECE OF GARBAGE.
   —Posted by Anonymous
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22 Feb 2012 I have had COPD since 12/99. you are abolutely correct. This is the worse inhalant I've ever used. Had to change to ProAir as my medicare D provider wouldn't cover any other brand even though it's only a few dollars cheaper than Ventolin. As a result, I just changed my medicare D provider to one who covers Ventolin. An example of how bad Proair is, I cleaned it 3 days ago and this morning in testing it, spray came out 2 out of four times. With my condition, this is dangerous. Unfortunately I have to finish the rest of my supply of ProAir as I can't afford not to.
   —Posted by grandmamean, Illinois
10 Nov 2011 My son an I used this inhaler, we both hated it not only did it not work but it stopped up and I'd have to clean it out with a alcohol and Q tip every 3 days. Never once had this problem. My dr said that was the only one available bc it's environmental safe. Had to do some searching and found Xopenex HFA-works much much better. :)
   —Posted by Anonymous
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