Albuterol Inhalers for Asthma Treatment, its Brands, and Difference in Performance of Brands

Albuterol is a medication that is inhaled and that treats asthma symptoms. Albuterol treats common asthma symptoms such as chest tightness, wheezing, shortness of breath, and coughing. Albuterol relieves asthma by relaxing the smooth muscles found in the lungs. Many asthma patients refer to Albuterol as their “savior.”

Albuterol Inhalers for Asthma Treatment

What Brands of Albuterol are Available?

There are several Albuterol brands available. Some of the most common Albuterol brands include:

  • ProAir
  • Proventil
  • Ventolin

Generic versions of Albuterol are not available. The reason for that is that propellant used in Albuterol was changed from CFC (chlorofluorocarbon) to HFA (hydrofluoroalkane).

Differences in Performance of ProAir, Proventil, and Ventolin

The truth is that there are not significant differences among the most common Albuterol medications. There are no known scientific studies that claim the advantages of Albuterol medications over each other. People usually choose Albuterol medications by what Albuterol medication suits them the best.

The only Albuterol medication among ProAir, Proventil and Ventolin that has a slight advantage is Ventolin. This is the only Albuterol medication among other Albuterol inhalers that shows how many puffs are left in the canister.

Why Was Albutelor Propellant Changed from CFC to HFA?

HFA inhalers use a different type of propellant compared to CFC inhalers. CFC inhalers were found to greatly damage the environment and the ozone layer and that is why modern Albuterol inhalers are HFA inhalers.

How Should I Use My Albuterol Inhaler?

Traditional Albuterol CFC inhalers were recommended to be placed a few inches in front of the mouth. However, today’s recommended HFA inhalers can be placed directly in the mouth and be taken.

However, many pharmacists still recommend that Albuterol HFA inhalers should be placed a few inches in front of the mouth.

How are Albuterol HFA Inhalers Cleaned?

Since the new generations of Albuterol HFA inhalers have a softer spray, they tend to clog occasionally. That is why asthma patients should clean them every week.

To clean an Albuterol HFA inhaler, the canister of a HFA inhaler is removed from the holder and that same holder is rinsed with warm water for half-minute.

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Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA
Written, Edited or Reviewed By: Pramod Kerkar, M.D., FFARCSI, DA Pain Assist Inc. This article does not provide medical advice. See disclaimer
Last Modified On:February 6, 2018

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