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Ventolin HFA (Albuterol HFA) - Reviews, Ratings, Comments by Patients

 
 



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Below are Ventolin HFA (Albuterol HFA) reviews, ratings, comments submitted by patients and caregivers. Based on a total of 2 ratings/reviews, Ventolin HFA has an overall score of 5.50. The effectiveness score is 6 and the side effect score is 9. The scores are on ten point scale: 10 - best, 1 - worst. This information is not vetted and should not be cosidered as clinical evidence.
 

Ventolin HFA review by 43 year old female patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Highly Effective
Side effects:   No Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Asthma
Dosage & duration:   two puffs as needed (dosage frequency: 1 year) for the period of 1 year
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   I have had asthma for years and take albuterol. I heard about this new inhaler from a physician at work. He stated that it was a more pure form of the drug. At the time he stated it was expensive to get. At the same time we were finding out that albuterol was being discontinued. The replacement had a horrible taste to it. My son who has severe asthma was even refusing to take the new inhalor. I asked my physician for it specifically at my next visit. He did not hesitate to provide me the prescription. My insurance company doesn't pay much of anything so I worried they would not cover it and they did. I was very happy that it worked so well with no funny taste.
Side effects:   none
Comments:   two puffs as needed every four hours. I have taken albuteral and it does help but this is awesome. It works within seconds and you don't get shaky

 

Ventolin HFA review by 31 year old male patient

  Rating
Overall rating:  
Effectiveness:   Ineffective
Side effects:   Mild Side Effects
  
Treatment Info
Condition / reason:   Asthma
Dosage & duration:   1 puff, 108 mcg (dosage frequency: daily) for the period of few days before I threw it out
Other conditions:   none
Other drugs taken:   none
  
Reported Results
Benefits:   None
Side effects:   Increased difficulty breathing, strange taste.
Comments:   I have a prescription for albuterol for sports related asthma. I usually get the Proair inhaler but the pharmacist insisted this was the same and gave it to me. The first day I had it, I went for a run. As usual, about 10 minutes in my chest begins to tighten and I cannot breath. I took a puff of the Ventolin HFA inhaler. No effect. I stopped running. I took another puff. No effect. Still cannot breath. I am now bent over with my hands on my knees struggling to intake air. I took several more puffs from the inhaler. No effect. I am now struggling to remain conscious, I am getting light headed and everything in my vision is pale. I begin to lay on my back, taking a few more puffs of the inhaler. No effect. My throat is now beginning to seize from the sheer force it takes to inhale tablespoon-sized breaths. I have a headache and hear a high pitched whining. I try several more puffs of my inhaler. No effect. I lay on the ground doing controlled breathing for several minutes. I tried a puff of Ventolin HFA here and there with no effect, so I gave it up. I'm laying wondering if this is my last day on Earth. About 15 minutes of pure agony later I catch my breath slightly. I now have an enormous headache and am dizzy. I get to my feet and start to walk toward my apartment (across the street). Along the way, my chest seizes up a couple more times, and a couple more times I use the inhaler. No effect. I now have to wait another month before I can afford a ProAir inhaler before I can even exercise again. I think Ventolin is for underdeveloped little kids who think they have asthma but actually don't. I have real asthma and this stuff almost killed me. The puff that comes out of it is nearly invisible, the puff from a Proair inhaler is actually noticeable and...a 'puff'--about 15x more comes from the Proair compared to the Ventolin. Even waking up in the morning, the slight tightness I have then, Ventolin does nothing for. My girlfriend doesn't understand why I wheeze before AND AFTER I use the Ventolin. Well, it's because it doesn't work for me--in fact, it almost killed me. Everything in this story is true, but I may have taken more puffs from the inhaler than I listed...any ?'s feel free to contact me: thecrookfromthebrook at yahoo.com. Thank you and take care.
 


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