Taking Proventil for Exercise-Induced Asthma and Treatment Tips
Proventil Dosing for Exercise-Induced Asthma
For preventing exercise-induced asthma, the recommended dose is two sprays 15 minutes before exercising.
Some considerations for people taking Proventil include the following:
- Proventil comes in a metered-dose inhaler (called an "MDI").
- For asthma treatment, some people take Proventil only when they need it (during an asthma attack), while others take it regularly to help prevent attacks.
- You should "test spray" a Proventil inhaler before your first use of it, or if you have not used it for a long period of time. To test spray the inhaler, spray it into the air by pressing on the top of the canister.
- Shake your Proventil inhaler gently before each use.
- It is important to learn exactly how to use your Proventil inhaler. It may be difficult at first and may require practice. Some people (especially young children) may benefit from using a "spacer." If you have trouble using your inhaler, ask your healthcare provider about using a spacer.
- The spray should be inhaled into the lungs, not sprayed onto the back of the throat and swallowed. To accomplish this, you will need to breathe in while spraying the inhaler.
- Most people put the mouthpiece of the inhaler directly into their mouths. However, many healthcare professionals now recommend placing the inhaler an inch or two away from the mouth. Talk to your healthcare provider about the best way for you to use the inhaler.
- Each inhaler contains 200 sprays. Try to keep track of approximately how many sprays you have used in order to know when to replace the inhaler. Do not place the inhaler in water to see if it is empty (although doing so was recommended in the past).
- Be sure that you always have a Proventil asthma inhaler on hand (and that your Proventil prescription has refills), as failing to treat an asthma attack can quickly turn into a medical emergency.
- If you are unsure about anything related to Proventil or your Proventil dosage, please talk to your doctor, nurse, or pharmacist.