Proair HFA Side Effects

Headaches, an irritated throat, and a runny nose are among the common side effects of Proair HFA. Side effects that are less common (but still possible) can include diarrhea, ear pain, and urinary tract infections. Although Proair HFA side effects are mostly minor, it is possible to develop serious problems requiring immediate medical attention during treatment with Proair HFA. A few of the side effects that you should report to your healthcare provider right away include breathing problems that are getting worse, irregular heart rhythms, or signs of an allergic reaction.

An Introduction to Proair HFA Side Effects

As with any medicine, there are possible side effects with Proair HFA® (albuterol inhaler). However, not everyone who takes Proair HFA will experience side effects. In fact, most people tolerate Proair HFA well. When side effects do occur, in most cases they are minor and either require no treatment or can easily be treated by you or your healthcare provider.
(This article covers many, but not all, of the possible side effects with Proair HFA. Your healthcare provider can discuss a more complete list of Proair HFA side effects with you.)

Common Proair HFA Side Effects

Proair HFA has been studied thoroughly in clinical trials. In these studies, the side effects that occur in a group of people taking the drug are documented and are then compared to side effects that occur in another group of people not taking the medicine. As a result, it is possible to see what side effects occur, how often they appear, and how they compare to the group not taking the medicine.
In these studies, the most common Proair HFA side effects included:
  • An irritated or sore throat -- in up to 14 percent of people
  • Headaches -- up to 7 percent
  • An irritated or runny nose -- up to 5 percent
  • Dizziness -- up to 3 percent
  • Pain -- up to 3 percent.
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