Pediatric and Off-Label Indications for the Albuterol Inhaler
Proventil HFA®, Ventolin HFA®, Proair HFA® and generic albuterol inhalers are approved for children four years and older. Proventil® is approved for children 12 years and older. Other forms of albuterol are approved for use in younger children, but it may be difficult for young children to correctly use the albuterol inhaler. Be sure to talk to your healthcare provider about the best ways to treat childhood asthma.
On occasion, your healthcare provider may recommend using an albuterol inhaler for treating something other than the conditions discussed in this article. This is called an "off-label" use. At this time, off-label uses of albuterol inhalers include the treatment of:
- High potassium in the blood (hyperkalemia)
- Difficulty breathing associated with respiratory infections, such as pneumonia or the flu.
Although it is not usually thought of as a medication that can be abused, albuterol inhalers are sometimes used inappropriately for other uses, such as to lose weight, improve athletic performance, or to achieve a stimulant "high" (see Albuterol Abuse for more information).