Sports and exercise induced asthma symptoms
Exercise can trigger asthma symptoms, especially in cold weather
Exercise can trigger asthma symptoms, especially in cold weather
Sports and exercise-induced asthma symptoms

How sports and exercise can affect asthma

Lots of people who have asthma have trouble breathing during or after exercise, especially in cold weather.1 Even after exercising for just a few minutes, they can have symptoms like:

  • Coughing
  • Wheezing
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in their chest

For other people, these symptoms don’t begin until after they have finished exercising.2

Activities and sports that can trigger asthma symptoms usually involve a lot of running or aerobic activity,3 like:

  • Soccer
  • Biking
  • Basketball

If you have any of these symptoms during or after exercise, you may be experiencing EIB (exercise-induced bronchospasm). See your doctor right away.

EIB may occur when cool, dry air moves quickly in and out of the lungs during exercise. This can cause a temporary tightening of the airways, making it hard to breathe.4 The result? People with EIB may experience bouts of coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath.5

The good news is that people who tend to get EIB can lead active lives. In fact, ProAir RespiClick® (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Powder may help prevent breathing trouble during exercise or sports if you take it 15—30 minutes before exercising. The ProAir RespiClick® rescue inhaler:

  • Prepares each dose with a single CLICK
  • Doesn't have to be stored upright
  • Can be kept in your gym bag for up to one year after its removal from the foil pouch, or 200 doses (whichever comes first), but avoid exposure to extreme humidity, heat or cold.

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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

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References:
  1. Parsons, JP et al. Prevalence of Exercise-Induced Bronchospasm in a Cohort of Varsity College Athletes. Med Sci Sports Exercise. 2007;39:1487-92.
  2. NHLBI Expert Panel Report 3 (EPR3): Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. Available at: http://www.nhlbi.nih.gov/files/docs/guidelines/asthgdln.pdf. Accessed March 11, 2016.
  3. Parsons JP, Mastronarde JG. Exercise-induced bronchoconstriction in athletes. Chest. 2005;128(6):3966-3974.
  4. Managing Exercise-Induced Asthma. Cleveland Clinic: Departments & Centers. 2008. Available at: https://my.clevelandclinic.org/ccf/media/files/Sports_Health/Competitive%20Edge%20Winter%2008-09.pdf. Accessed March 11, 2016.
  5. Sinha T, David AK. Recognition and management of exercise-induced bronchospasm. Am Fam Physician. 2003;67(4):769-774, 675.

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  • 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