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Ventolin (Albuterol)

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.

Ventolin User Reviews

Average Rating: 7.4/10
Date: 2014-02-07 23:07:44
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 9
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: ventolin hfa it works for me! the generic (regardless of brand) never seem to last as long or be as effective. i've been on it for 25 years, so i really do not notice any side effects like some others do


Date: 2014-01-11 05:34:46
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 2
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Ventoline = complete crap I have intrinsic asthma (i.e. not allergic), et the albuterol molecule (ex: ventoline, volmax) has never worked once on me. Elise


Date: 2013-12-13 03:21:16
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 9
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Albuterol Works Well. Albuterol has worked well for me. I dont actually ever have a severe asthma attack. A severe attack for me is mornings(when it is almost always the worst) when I am wheezing considerably, to the point when I cant jump right into shower, make coffee or basically anything Untill I've taken my 2(sometimes 3) puffs of albuterol and slowly I can move around my apartment or sit for 10-15 minutes until its cleared me up pretty good. Thats bad enough considering for many years in my adult life I did'nt even use anything for asthma. I've had asthma since I was a child, about 5-6 years old. It was'nt constant but would be triggered by one of two things: Allergies to pollen, ragweed, ect. or Strenuous athletic/excercise. Back then, I would get some pretty bad episodes(still never an ER visit)where I would be gasping for breath until I took a pill which took a good 1/2 hr. to completely kick in! What a relief when it did though. Back the I was presrcibed something with Ephedrine in the pill but too little to remember the name. It worked great but left me real jittery which I did'nt mind to much. I did'nt know it then but realized in later years that that side effects were like being on good Speed and they actually were pleasnt to me in a way, so like I said the jitters were'nt to bad considering I had a buzz on.I dont remember if I told my parents about the jitters or was just put on a new medication. Sometime in my pre-teens I was switched to Theophyiline pills or capsules. I want to add that I was quickly reallized when I was little I had to take my asthma medication at least 1/2 hour prior to exercise to control those types of attacks, which it did. Theophyiline I took many years and it worked well(I will write up a separate review on it). Sometime in my early 20's my asthma lessened to the point I quit taking my Theophyline for a good 12years or so. I thought I had "outgrown" my childhood asthma like many people do. Unfortunantely(or stupidly), whe


Date: 2013-11-14 12:26:19
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 6
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: treat the symptom not the problem The heartbeat increase after taking Ventolin.


Date: 2013-11-05 16:21:40
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 10
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Ventolin very effective


Date: 2013-10-31 15:32:06
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 10
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: A must for me This inhaler comes with me all the time and I always have an extra one or sometimes two as I take my puff before I enter a smoky or walk up a hill. This inhaler I cant fault as it has been my lifeline for many years.


Date: 2013-09-14 20:18:28
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 10
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Ventolin I use daily and as needed for asthma attacks. It is very helpful in both situations.


Date: 2013-08-03 18:50:26
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 7
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: I'm now an Albuterol junkie But this is totally not by choice. When I first started using an inhaler about six years ago I rarely had to use it. In the beginning, there was more than one occasion where I would use it so infrequently that I'd lose track of where I put it last and I'd lose them forever. But over the years my asthma has gotten worse (it wouldn't be so bad if I could kick my smoking addictions)and I go through the inhalers like an 8 year old would a candy bar. It's been so bad that lately the pharmacy has been putting a limit on how often I can get a refill. There are two major reasons that I go through them so fast. One is that usually I wake up in the middle of the night almost every night wheezing so horribly that it takes at least 10 puffs to get me to stop. By the time the attack is over 2 hours have gone by. So imagine what kind of sleep I get.The second reason is that because I have to carry that thing everywhere I go. My purse is small and I can't afford a bigger one right now, so I lose a lot of dosages by just carrying it around. But I guess someone up there is looking out for me because my inhaler has been empty for almost two weeks now and I've had not to go to the ER yet.


Date: 2013-08-02 13:49:13
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 5
Ventolin for Childhood asthma: Albuterol My daughter takes a breathing treatment every four hours. So she can have up to six a day then I have to take her to the Emergency room after the sixth one. And they give her more but are monitoring her while they give her more. It worked real well after she started but over the years it isn't working very good at all. They also got her on Pulmacort twice a day.


Date: 2013-07-28 10:27:27
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 10
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: ventolin this has saved my life more than once.


Date: 2013-06-24 13:25:52
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 8
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Albuterol I need to take 1 puff as rescue inhaler every 3hrs most of the time. Some days I can go 6-7 hours without needing. Doctors are not sure what is causing my asthma- like condition. It started about eight months ago when I moved into my newly purchased old mobile home. Seems to be getting worse.


Date: 2013-05-21 08:37:09
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 9
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Now I Can Sleep Before taking Ventolin, along with Aerovent in an inhalation mixture, I could not sleep through the night. Now, I can and it has changed my life dramatically.


Date: 2013-05-09 08:47:28
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 6
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Okay, but lots of side-effects I've been on albuterol since I was first diagnosed a year ago. It usually eases my breathing, but causes shaking, heart racing, and even hyperventilation. Reading the comments here, I see I'm not the only one. Somebody said they've had to go the the ER after using their rescue inhaler. A month ago, I experienced my first dash to the ER after using mine. I'm not sure if it was the direct cause, however. Another thing I find disturbing is, since I went on Flovent about a month ago, I've had to use the albuterol much more often. My doctor says if I have to use it more than 3 times a week, be concerned, and I've been averaging twice a day! I had to use it twice this AM before even getting to work. All this is worrisome, indeed.


Date: 2013-03-25 16:18:05
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 2
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: only useful as rescue medication If your asthma is any worse than mild, this is only a rescue medication (to be used for rapid relief during an attack). As a rescue medication, it is essential. However, overuse of this medication can be fatal. My asthma, which was severe, was only partially controlled even with the addition of high dosages of inhaled steroids along with Serevent. See "antibiotic therapy" - my asthma is now gone as a result of a 9 week treatment with an antibiotic (azithromycin, Zithromax).


Date: 2013-03-14 05:33:31
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 10
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Salbutamol I use salbutamol (Ventolin when I was young - they seem the same to me) before / after exercise. It works straight away, it only takes about 5 secs for me to be comfortable breathing 15 secs later I am completely fine with no side effects that I know of. I have been using it for 20 years Im now 26 yrs old. It is an instant remedy - unreal - I really want to say thank you to the company that developed this inhaler. It has saved me from much discomfort and has probably saved my life on countless occasions!! God bless I hope I can develop something to help you all one day bye.


Date: 2013-02-28 21:40:07
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 7
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: effective, but... Relieves tightness effectively, but racing pulse is uncomfortable. Best used only occasionally. If you are using this more than a few times a week you need to up the dose of Steroids or other longer term anti-inflamatories. I use only very occasionally for emergencies when unusual triggers break through my maintenance meds (Pulmicort and Singulair).


Date: 2013-02-28 16:07:36
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 8
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: some confidence I have had mild asthma for more than 40 years - I started using salbutamol spray since 80's for the last 20 years. There were no noticeable side effects. The clearing of pathways was immediate and it did not work only 1) when I have a cold and throat infection and 2) randomly (4 times in these years). Recently I get a feeling the relief is somewhat less - that the gap between two puffs is less. Above all it gave me confidence to live a normal life.


Date: 2013-01-25 19:43:41
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 9
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: PROVENTIL AND PROVENTIL LIQUID 4 NEBULIZER I USE BOTH THE INHALER AND LIQUID FORM FOR MY HOME NEBULIZER. I AND MY FAMILY MEMBERS HAVE USED THESE TWO PRODUCTS FOR YEARS (MYSELF, CHILDREN AND GRANDCHILDREN) SO YES, IT IS A NECESSITY IN OUR FAMILY. THIS WITH THE VENTOLIN HELPS KEEP OUR LIVES BREATHABLE! WHAT MORE CAN ONE SAY. I WISH IT WERE MORE COST EFFECTIVE. AS WITH MOST OF THE DRUGS IT SEEMS THE ONES NEEDED MOST ARE THE MOST COSTLY.


Date: 2012-11-29 12:31:23
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 8
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Very effective Ventolin is very effective. At first I just used a Ventolin inhaler for my asthma. Later, the doctor tried various preparations of time released Theophyllin, which I thought was a life saver--it is a long acting bronchodilator and I didn't have as many symptoms. Unfortunately, it would sometimes make my heart race and give me the shakes. As my asthma got worse, they added Flovent to reduce the inflammation. Even later, they gave me Serevent with the Flovent and stopped the Theophyllin. This was a very big improvement. I only needed to use my Albuterol "rescue" inhaler a couple times a day and it stopped the shakes and heart racing. I have also used Albuterol in a nebulizer form in the emergency room and urgent care - it really works fast in a situation that could get very dangerous.


Date: 2012-11-29 05:41:52
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 8
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: The life-saver, if you don't get hooked I've been using albuterol since it was put on the market in 1982, and of course, back then, it was hailed as a complete miracle... I was still taking theophylline then!! I rapidly got addicted to it though, if not completely physically, then definitely psychologically. Throughout the 80s, if I discovered I was without my trusty inhaler (or two, or one for each pocket...) I was guaranteed a lung lock-down within an hour or so. With the addition of better prevention drugs like Singulair and Advair, and the addition of dust mite covers, HEPA filters, incredible antihistamines like Claritin and Zyrtec, combined with increased physical fitness through exercise and acupuncture, sometimes now I go without an inhaler on my person or in my immediate possession all day, something unthinkable even 10 years ago. When things are really, really bad, though, I still turn to the liquid albuterol in the nebulizer. Two puffs is not going to cut it at those times, when it takes a few minutes to get the top portion of my lungs open enough to get enough medicine in there to really make things better. I would suggest that if you find you're having an asthma attack when/if you discover yourself without a puffer, OR if you're going through more than one 17 gram MDI per month, you're managing your asthma based on fear, and that could cost you your life. Please go to your doctor, ask for a referral to a pulminologist, and get a full pulmonary function test done. It takes about an hour and can be a bit overwhelming to the claustrophobic, but it can really help the doctor figure out how best to help you. Then get on a program of preventative medications so that your asthma is not a day-to-day challenge.


Date: 2012-11-23 01:26:43
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 7
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Albuterol Albuterol has saved me more than once. However, during flare-ups it tends to build up in a bad way and becomes less effective. I switched to Xopenex for that reason, but can't afford it, so Xopenex is now for emergencies. Side effects are rapid heartbeat and irritability. Ask my husband.


Date: 2012-11-03 06:08:13
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 6
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Albuteral - Works/Side effects-Heart Palpitations Its a short term fix but it works for me. It opens up my airways. Offers me mild to moderate improvement. Variable at times. Side effects for me are heart palpitation, jittery feeling, heart racing. I was told long term or overuse causes Albuteral not to work after a while. I did indeed notice this. I try not to use it too often unless I am totally desperate. I feel that if I overuse it(every day/2 wks) my body seems to get use to it & it dosent work as well. Also, I fear based on what I was told that long term use can damage your lungs because of one of the ingredients. I believe it was chlorofluorcarbon (CFC) propellant which damages the ozone layer.


Date: 2012-10-24 17:56:11
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 9
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Helps I find when I use it when its humid outside..it helps alot..


Date: 2012-10-22 05:18:03
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 7
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Breathing easy I've taken apo-salvent for a few years now and it has always taken care of my asthma attacks relatively well. There have only been a few situations when it did not help, and it was because they were severe. The only side effect I've gotten is tremors- similar to those you would get after drinking too much coffee.


Date: 2012-10-05 11:34:18
Reviewed by: Annie's Momma
User rating: 8
Ventolin for Asthma, Maintenance: I use it, have for a real long time. I am on maintenance, I don't need one daily, have in the past and know that I may again. Well either maintenance or regular it has always been a big part of my life and it works very well. Where would I be without it?


Date: 2012-09-09 21:11:25
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 8
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Whatever works This review is how Albuterol has worked for my 7 yr old son. He takes 2 puffs before he goes out to play & it is also his rescue inhaler. Depending on the intensity of his attacks, which are cough-induced, he will usually get relief after 1 or 2 doses. When that doesn't work, I know I'm in for a long haul.


Date: 2012-05-28 14:52:20
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 9
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Best I've ever used I recently found out that I had asthma after having my son last year. I started wheezing constantly during my pregnancy and after having an attack shortly after my son was born I went straight to the hospital. My doctor right away prescribed me ventolin. I have used my mother in laws asthma medicine and ventolin works 10 time better - I sometimes have to use hers twice to get the same effectiveness.


Date: 2012-05-12 04:25:44
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 6
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Horrible! Horrible! Horrible! I was on this stuff as needed. Everytime I used it I would be sooooo shaky and anxious that I would feel like scaling a skyscraper. Then I would crash and have to sleep for 2 hours with no choice what so ever. I had to be very careful taking it. All the doctors could say was you will have to live with the side effects. You will get used to them.


Date: 2012-05-11 16:47:01
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 9
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Life Saver I have to carry this inhaler everywhere I go. Usually it works unless I'm really in trouble. I've been taking this stuff since I was a small child. For my nebulizer I prefer Xopenex since it seems to work better. My dr and I are going to have a grand time trying to get my insurance to cover it.


Date: 2012-05-05 12:51:25
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 9
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Works for me... I have used this inhaler basically as a "rescue" inhaler and when I have had bronchitus, etc... when I need it, it works, when I use it without a necessity I feel like it makes my heart race a bit....


Date: 2012-04-29 01:43:57
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 1
Ventolin for Bronchospasm Prophylaxis: First time I experienced a heart arrhythmia was following its use and stopped taking using medicine.


Date: 2012-03-03 07:35:36
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 6
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Ventolin HFA formula not as easy to use or as effective as the old CFC formula. Soon all inhalers will be CFC free. I can't believe that we have to get less medicine (which happens with the HFA propellent). Medical needs should take priority over the few CFC's which are emitted from inhalers. It is still an adequately effective inhaler, but the CFC propellent, propelled better.


Date: 2012-01-17 21:43:15
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 6
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: ventolin hfa it works really well but the cost is outrageous for the medication. i have found that the medicine works really well for me in the mornings when i am having an attack


Date: 2012-01-02 18:53:10
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 8
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: effective, but supposedly very bad for you. great in a pinch, but not as interesting as advair, which keeps the symptoms from coming back. Made me dizzy a few times, and didn't always work, but was usually pretty faithful and did it's job.


Date: 2011-11-30 02:10:00
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 10
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Ventolin Inhaler Works great for me every time both as an inhaler and in nebulizer form! (Note: I rated low on cost effectiveness because the brand-name Ventolin is so expensive. My cheapskate insurance company will only cover the generic (which makes me cough uncontrollably and just exacerbates the situation), so I have to pay for Ventolin completely out-of-pocket.)


Date: 2011-10-21 10:03:05
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 8
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Combivent as Solution VA swithced me to Combivent (Albuterol/Ipratropium) 5 years ago from strait Albuterol, seems to work fine only trouble is that I forget to dose every 4-6 hours and find myself wheezing. Oooops...my bad.


Date: 2011-09-21 18:40:54
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 7
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Albuterol Inhaler Peak flow before treatment 370 L/min, after 430 L/min. Don't know if this is really working, I'll have to check with the doc!


Date: 2011-09-06 06:56:39
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 9
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: ALBUTEROL : More was needed very quickly Albuterol was at first needed only once a day. then very quickly as the days progressed, I needed more and more of it just to get through a day with asthma and a brand new diagnosis in conjunction with pneumonia during the heat and allergies of August. After one week and my first experience with pulmonary function testing, my doctor has put me on an everyday inhaled steroid instead and reduced this medication as only my "Rescue" Inhalor.


Date: 2011-09-05 08:27:11
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 8
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Albuterol It has kept me breathing since 1985. I was having side effects.. shaking, fast heartbeat, nervousness, hyperactivity. I started using Xopenex last year. It is a version of Albuterol that has less of these side effects.


Date: 2011-08-15 05:37:16
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 5
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Aerosol Albuterol I use this product for asthma, and I use it before exercise. I take 2 puffs, and it last for 1/2 the day. I only use it during exercise where I know i have to work my lings, or if i am in a smoke filled room, or am around another irritant that makes me cough.


Date: 2011-07-24 22:34:08
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 10
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Ventolin Best thing I have used for long-term asthma treatment and relief.


Date: 2011-05-26 01:37:35
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 7
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: ventolin I have used this since I was a little girl, and it works extremely good. The only side effect that I have ever had was being a little shaky after taking one whole dose, and normally I only need 1/4 th of a dose or maybe 1/2.


Date: 2011-03-14 21:56:34
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 10
Ventolin for Asthma, acute: It works excellently. It's improved my son's hope for his asthma to get better.


Date: 2011-03-13 04:27:09
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 5
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: There must be an alternative. Side effects were bad. Nervousness, anxiety, blood blisters in mouth, gums coming away from teeth, skin sensitivity. I must be one of the small percentage of people twhere Ventolin is almost a poison. These problems I've had for years but my doctor has not associated Ventolin as the cause. I was recently put onto Symbicort. Marvellous. No more Ventolin. My health is improving daily. My anxiety has gone. No more blood blisters. Skin getting better.


Date: 2010-11-09 01:39:02
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 10
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Ventolin Review I used to get Ventolin prescribed in the emergency room everytime I'd have difficulty breathing, usually after I've had a bad cold, they would always run a inhalation therapy treament on me and then send me on my way home. I have only recently been on Ventolin since January which is longer than usual and I now have to take Flovent as well, I also need to go for a Pulmonary function test and an allergy test...


Date: 2010-09-30 18:40:05
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 5
Ventolin for Childhood asthma: Ok Proventil works.


Date: 2010-09-21 02:26:18
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 7
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Albuterol Albuterol mdi (ventolin) was my first inhaled asthma medication other than by nebulizer. I started using it in the early 70's. At first I only needed to use it during an exacerbation of my symptoms. After a couple of years, I needed to use 2 puffs 4 times a day to try to remain wheeze free. In 1996, my doctor added serevent mdi which basically replaced the ventolin for me. I occasionally used ventolin as a rescue inhaler but no longer do. After several months on serevent, I noticed that the ventolin was not effective at relieving asthma episodes as it once had been. I have since found out that this is not uncommon. "Adverse Respiratory Reactions to Long-Acting Beta-Agonists" can be read at http://www.medsafe.govt.nz/Profs/PUarticles/laba.htm While I was regularly using Ventolin, side effects included rapid heart rate and sometimes palpitations.


Date: 2010-09-13 21:50:57
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 9
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Ventolin rotacaps 400mcg I actually use 400mcg capsules in my rotahaler and find these very effective indeed.


Date: 2010-08-28 05:33:21
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 9
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Great stuff i recommend this stuff. it works and doesnt make you shake like crazy


Date: 2010-08-07 05:06:51
Reviewed by: Anonymous
User rating: 9
Ventolin for Asthma -- Maintenance: Use with spacer I have used Ventolin for several years for occasional wheezing after exercise or due to allergies. It has always worked well for me, clearing my breathing quickly. Taking it before exercise is a big help both for me and my son. Last year I started using it with a spacer. I can really tell the difference. Even when I can't breathe very deeply I feel I'm getting a good dose with the spacer. My symptoms respond much faster. My asthma has gotten worse recently and now I find I need to use Ventolin on a regular basis, every 6 hours. I'm also on a preventative inhaler, FLovent. The Ventolin really helps me get through the day. I can feel my breathing improve when I take it as directed and get worse if I'm late with a dose. I have noticed some shakiness, especially now that I'm taking it more often but it is not a major inconvenience and it passes quickly.



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