Proventil is commonly used to prevent or treat airway spasms in people with asthma or certain other conditions. The medication comes in the form of an inhaler and is part of a class of drugs called beta-adrenergic receptor agonists. It stimulates beta receptors in the body, which helps the muscles around the airways relax and allows more air to get into and through the lungs. Possible side effects include shakiness, nausea, and nervousness.
(This article focuses on the traditional Proventil inhaler, which will no longer be available after December 2008. For more information on the new, environmentally friendly inhaler, see Proventil HFA.)
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