Medically Reviewed by Harshi Dhingra, M.D.

Last Reviewed: Jun 16, 2022

Drug Details

Generic Name:

Albuterol sulfate

Common Brands:

ProAir RespiClick, ProAir HFA, Proventil HFA, Ventolin HFA


Prescription only

Therapeutic Class:

Short-acting beta-agonist (bronchodilator)


Tablet, HFA inhaler, vial, syrup, and inhalation solution


Inhalation by mouth or swallowing

Therapeutic Uses:

Exercise-induced asthma

Controlled Status:

Not a controlled substance

What is albuterol sulfate (ProAir, Proventil, Ventolin)?

Albuterol sulfate (al byoo ter ole sul fate) is a short-acting beta-agonist (SABA) or bronchodilator drug used to treat acute asthma attacks. It is a prescription medication that works as a rescue inhaler in people with asthma who have trouble breathing and/or wheezing. It is also used to prevent breathing difficulties during exercise.

There may be other albuterol sulfate uses - your pharmacist or physician can give you further information.

Who can take albuterol sulfate (ProAir, Proventil, Ventolin)?

Albuterol solution for oral inhalation is used in adults and children aged 2 years and older. Albuterol inhalation aerosol (Proventil HFA, ProAir HFA, and Ventolin HFA) is given to adults and children aged 4 years and older. Albuterol powder for inhalation by mouth (ProAir Respiclick) can be used in individuals aged 4 years and older.