Frequently asked questions about the ProAir RespiClick® rescue inhaler.
Frequently asked questions about the ProAir RespiClick® rescue inhaler.
Frequently Asked Questions About ProAir RespiClick®

The rescue inhaler that CLICKS, from ProAir®

Are you new to ProAir RespiClick®? You'll want to know more about ProAir RespiClick® (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder, the first FDA-approved multi-dose breath-activated rescue inhaler. These Frequently Asked Questions can help you learn more about ProAir RespiClick®. Of course, you should discuss any questions or concerns with your healthcare professional.

How does ProAir RespiClick® technology work?

ProAir RespiClick® is "breath-activated"—it releases the medicine only when you breathe.1 Open it with a CLICK, and a single dose of medicine is loaded into the chamber, ready for you to inhale. No need for hand-breath coordination during inhalation.

What does the “CLICK” mean?

When you open the mouthpiece, you hear a CLICK. That’s the sound of ProAir RespiClick® loading a single dose of medicine. When you hear the CLICK, you know that the medicine is ready for you to inhale. If you don’t hear a CLICK!, it may not be ready. Learn more about the “CLICK” in ProAir RespiClick®.

Why should I consider ProAir RespiClick®?

ProAir RespiClick® is the first and only FDA-approved multi-dose breath-activated rescue inhaler. Here are some reasons why you may wish to ask your doctor about ProAir RespiClick®:

  • No hand-breath coordination required during inhalation
  • No priming or shaking
  • No washing
  • No spray or plume2
  • Designed to be used without a spacer
  • It doesn't need to be stored upright
  • The built-in dose counter lets you know when it’s time to refill your prescription

Learn more about ProAir RespiClick®.

What does "breath-activated" mean?

It means the medicine is released only when you inhale. For example, when you open ProAir RespiClick®, it “CLICKs” to load a dose. Then the medicine waits for you to breathe it in, whenever you’re ready. (By breathing in, you "activate" the dose.)

Can I use a spacer with ProAir RespiClick®?

A spacer cannot be used with ProAir RespiClick®. Spacers are used with a different type of inhaler called a metered dose inhaler (MDI).

I want to try ProAir RespiClick®. What should I do?

Talk to your doctor. At your next appointment, ask your doctor if ProAir RespiClick® is right for you.

Read on to learn more about your options.

The next time I need a refill on my prescription, will I automatically get ProAir RespiClick®?

No. You should ask your doctor if replacing your current rescue inhaler with ProAir RespiClick® is right for you.

So…do I need to make an appointment with my doctor?

Call your doctor and ask. Based on your medical history and needs, your doctor may decide to send a new prescription for ProAir RespiClick® (instead of your current rescue inhaler) to the pharmacy without a visit to the doctor's office.

I like to keep a rescue inhaler handy wherever I go. Can I get several ProAir RespiClick® inhalers at one time?

You may be able to receive three ProAir RespiClick® inhalers with one co-pay. Here’s how: Ask your insurance company if you are eligible for a mail-order program. If so, enroll in the program. Then ask your doctor to call in a 90-day prescription for ProAir RespiClick® to the mail-order company. Three inhalers will be delivered to your home. (You can skip the trip to the pharmacy and possibly save on your co-pay!)

Do I need to store ProAir RespiClick® upright (“right side up”)?

No. ProAir RespiClick® can be stored in any position. Just toss it in your purse, pocket or gym bag—and go!

Why don’t I have to prime ProAir RespiClick®?

The medicine inside ProAir RespiClick® is a dry powder, which doesn’t require you to prime or shake it before you use it. You open the mouthpiece…and CLICK! The medicine is ready and waiting for you.

Do I need to wash my ProAir RespiClick® rescue inhaler?

The medicine in ProAir RespiClick® is a dry powder, so NEVER wash or put any part of your inhaler in water. If you wish to clean the mouthpiece, gently wipe it with a dry cloth or tissue as needed. Routine maintenance is not required. Avoid exposure to extreme humidity, heat or cold.

What if my ProAir RespiClick® rescue inhaler gets wet?

If any part of your ProAir RespiClick® rescue inhaler gets wet, DISCARD that inhaler and contact your doctor or pharmacy for a replacement. It’s important that you keep all parts of the inhaler dry.

Why should I keep the mouthpiece closed until I need the medicine?

When you open the ProAir RespiClick® mouthpiece, it loads a dose. (That “CLICK!” sound means that a dose of medicine is being loaded into the dosing chamber.) Make sure to keep the mouthpiece closed between doses to avoid accidentally advancing your dose counter.

How will I know when it’s time to refill my prescription?

ProAir RespiClick® has a built-in dose counter on the back. It keeps track of each dose, so you can see how many doses you have left. When the numbers turn red, you know that it’s time to refill your prescription.

Does my ProAir RespiClick® inhaler have an expiration date?

Most medications have an expiration date. The shelf life of ProAir RespiClick® is 36 months in the sealed foil pouch. Once opened, its shelf life is 13 months, or up to 200 doses, whichever comes first.

Is ProAir RespiClick® approved for children?

ProAir RespiClick® is approved for patients 4 years of age and older for the treatment or prevention of bronchospasm with reversible obstructive airway disease and for the prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm. Ask your doctor if ProAir RespiClick® is right for your child.

How can I stay up-to-date on ProAir RespiClick®?

Sign up for ongoing information about your inhaler.

Is ProAir RespiClick® covered by my insurance?

ProAir RespiClick® is covered by most commercial insurance companies, as well as both Medicare and Medicaid.

Is ProAir RespiClick® covered by Medicare/Medicaid?

ProAir RespiClick® is covered by both Medicare and Medicaid.

Who makes ProAir RespiClick®?

ProAir RespiClick®, the rescue inhaler that CLICKS, from Teva Respiratory, the makers of ProAir®.

APPROVED USES

ProAir RespiClick® (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder is indicated in patients 4 years of age and older for the treatment or prevention of bronchospasm with reversible obstructive airway disease and for the prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

  • Do not use ProAir RespiClick® (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder if you are allergic to albuterol sulfate, lactose, or milk proteins. Call your doctor right away if you develop red, itchy bumps on your skin, swelling beneath your skin or in your throat, rash or worsening trouble breathing
  • If your symptoms become significantly worse when you use ProAir RespiClick®, seek medical attention immediately. This may indicate either a worsening of your asthma or a reaction to the medication. Either of these could be life-threatening
  • Do not increase your dose or take extra doses of ProAir RespiClick® without first talking to your healthcare professional
  • Before using ProAir RespiClick®, be sure to tell your healthcare professional if you have a heart, blood, thyroid or seizure disorder, high blood pressure, diabetes, are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed
  • ProAir RespiClick® can cause significant heart-related side effects, such as an increase in pulse, blood pressure and/or related symptoms. If you have a heart condition, your healthcare professional will determine if ProAir RespiClick® is right for you
  • Make sure your healthcare professional knows all the medicines you are taking — especially other inhaled medicines, other asthma medicines, heart and blood pressure medicines and drugs that treat depression — because some medicines may interfere with how well your asthma medicines work
  • Common side effects in patients 12 years of age and older taking ProAir RespiClick® include back pain, body aches and pains, upset stomach, sinus headache, and urinary tract infection
  • Common side effects in patients 4 to 11 years of age taking ProAir RespiClick® include upper respiratory infections, mouth and throat pain, and vomiting
  • Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away
  • These are not all of the possible side effects of ProAir RespiClick®. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist
  • You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088

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References
  1. Dolovich, MB, Ahrens, RC, Hess, DR, Anderson, P. Device selection and outcomes of aerosol therapy: Evidence-based guidelines: American college of chest physicians/American college of asthma, allergy, and immunology. CHEST Journal | Journal. 2005. Available at: http://journal.publications.chestnet.org/. Accessed March 11, 2016.
  2. Elliott D, Dunne P. Guide to aerosol delivery devices: for physicians, nurses, pharmacists, and other health care professionals. American Association for Respiratory Care. 2011; 68.

ProAir RespiClick® (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder is indicated in patients 4 years of age and older for the treatment or prevention of bronchospasm with reversible obstructive airway disease and for the prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm.

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IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

  • Do not use ProAir RespiClick® (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder if you are allergic to albuterol sulfate, lactose, or milk proteins. Call your doctor right away if you develop red, itchy bumps on your skin, swelling beneath your skin or in your throat, rash or worsening trouble breathing
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ProAir RespiClick® (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder is indicated in patients 4 years of age and older for the treatment or prevention of bronchospasm with reversible obstructive airway disease and for the prevention of exercise-induced bronchospasm.

IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION

  • Do not use ProAir RespiClick® (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder if you are allergic to albuterol sulfate, lactose, or milk proteins. Call your doctor right away if you develop red, itchy bumps on your skin, swelling beneath your skin or in your throat, rash or worsening trouble breathing
  • If your symptoms become significantly worse when you use ProAir RespiClick®, seek medical attention immediately. This may indicate either a worsening of your asthma or a reaction to the medication. Either of these could be life-threatening
  • Do not increase your dose or take extra doses of ProAir RespiClick® without first talking to your healthcare professional
  • Before using ProAir RespiClick®, be sure to tell your healthcare professional if you have a heart, blood, thyroid or seizure disorder, high blood pressure, diabetes, are pregnant or planning to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding or planning to breastfeed
  • ProAir RespiClick® can cause significant heart-related side effects, such as an increase in pulse, blood pressure and/or related symptoms. If you have a heart condition, your healthcare professional will determine if ProAir RespiClick® is right for you
  • Make sure your healthcare professional knows all the medicines you are taking — especially other inhaled medicines, other asthma medicines, heart and blood pressure medicines and drugs that treat depression — because some medicines may interfere with how well your asthma medicines work
  • Common side effects in patients 12 years of age and older taking ProAir RespiClick® include back pain, body aches and pains, upset stomach, sinus headache, and urinary tract infection
  • Common side effects in patients 4 to 11 years of age taking ProAir RespiClick® include upper respiratory infections, mouth and throat pain, and vomiting
  • Tell your healthcare provider if you have any side effect that bothers you or that does not go away
  • These are not all of the possible side effects of ProAir RespiClick®. For more information, ask your healthcare provider or pharmacist
  • You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit www.fda.gov/medwatch, or call 1-800-FDA-1088

SEE FULL PRESCRIBING INFORMATION