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.
Proventil® (albuterol inhaler) is a prescription medication used to treat or prevent airway spasms (called bronchospasms). These are most common in people with asthma, but can also occur in people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. Proventil is also approved to prevent exercise-induced asthma attacks.
Proventil comes in an inhaler. However, the traditional inhaler is being replaced by Proventil® HFA, a more environmentally friendly albuterol inhaler. A solution for use in a nebulizer is also available.
(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.)
Proventil is made by Schering-Plough Corporation.