Proair, the brand-name form of albuterol,
is a prescription medication used to treat or prevent asthma attacks, also known as bronchospasms.
It is also used to prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm. Proair belongs to a group of
drugs called beta agonists or bronchodilators, which work by relaxing the smooth muscle of
the airways. This medication comes in an inhaler form and is to be inhaled slowly into the
lungs. For treatment or prevention of an asthma attack, the usual dosage for adults and children
4 years and older is two inhalations repeated every 4 to 6 hours as needed. For treatment
of exercise-induced bronchospasm the usual dosage for adults and children 4 years of
age or older is two inhalations 15 to 30 minutes before exercise. Common side effects of Proair
include fast heartbeat, shakiness, headache, and nervousness. It’s important not to take
Proair unless prescribed by a doctor. For RxWiki, I’m Lindsay Morrison.