Spotting the
signs of asthma

Some common symptoms of asthma include coughing, wheezing, and shortness of breath

Asthma symptoms

Some common symptoms of asthma include:1

  • A whistling or wheezing sound when you breathe
  • Coughing, especially a dry, persistent cough
  • Shortness of breath
  • Tightness in your chest

You are more likely to have asthma symptoms at night or in the early morning.1

Not everyone with asthma has the same symptoms:

In fact, asthma symptoms are so different that some people who have asthma don't even know it. Talk with your healthcare provider if you have any asthma symptoms. Your healthcare provider may prescribe medicine for you. ProAir® HFA is a quick-relief medicine for asthma symptoms.

And it comes with a built-in dose counter that lets you know how many doses you have left and when to replace your inhaler.2 The counter numbers turn red letting you know when to refill your prescription.

Wheezing is an asthma symptom

Wheezing is a high-pitched whistling sound when you breathe. It is a common symptom of asthma, especially in children who have asthma.1 But keep in mind two things:

  1. Not everyone who has asthma wheezes; and
  2. Not everyone who wheezes has asthma. Some people wheeze if they have a cold or respiratory infection even if they don't have asthma.3,4

Coughing can be a symptom of asthma

Having a cough can be a sign you may have asthma. A lot of people with asthma have a cough that won't go away. That's called a chronic cough. About a quarter of the people who have a chronic cough have asthma.5,6

Only your healthcare provider can properly diagnose asthma. He or she may prescribe medicine that you inhale. But not all inhalers are the same. Click to see how the ProAir® HFA quick-relief inhaler is different.

What are some other signs of asthma?

You may also want to ask your healthcare provider about asthma if you have frequent:

  • Chest Colds1
  • Bouts of acute bronchitis7

Bronchitis and asthma often have similar symptoms.8 Between a third and two-thirds of people who have been diagnosed with bronchitis may actually have asthma.7

Remember, only a healthcare provider can diagnose asthma. The asthma symptoms checklist can help you talk about your symptoms with your healthcare provider.

Approved Uses

ProAir® HFA (albuterol sulfate) Inhalation Aerosol 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

  • If your symptoms become significantly worse when you use ProAir® HFA, contact your doctor immediately. This may indicate either a worsening of your asthma or a reaction to the medication, which may rarely occur with the first use of a new canister of ProAir® HFA. Either of these could be life-threatening
  • What to tell your doctor before using ProAir® HFA: If you have a heart, blood, or seizure disorder, high blood pressure, diabetes, or an overactive thyroid, be sure to tell your doctor. Also make sure your doctor knows all the medications you are taking – especially heart medications and drugs that treat depression – because some medications may interfere with how well your asthma medications work. Do not exceed the recommended dose
  • Side effects associated with ProAir® HFA included headache, rapid heart beat, pain, dizziness, and irritation of the throat and nose

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit, or call 1-800-FDA-1088

See Full Prescribing Information

  1. NHLBI Expert Panel Report 3 (EPR3): Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. Available at: Accessed February 12, 2014.
  2. ProAir® HFA Prescribing Information. Teva Respiratory, LLC; May 2012.
  3. Parainfluenza: MedlinePlus Medical Encyclopedia. Available at: Accessed February 12, 2014.
  4. CDC - RSV: Frequently Asked Questions. Available at: Accessed February 12, 2014.
  5. Pratter MR, Bartter T, Akers S, Dubois J. An Algorithmic Approach to Chronic Cough. Ann Intern Med. 1993;119(10):977 -983.
  6. Dicpinigaitis PV. Chronic cough due to asthma: ACCP evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. Chest. 2006;129(1 Suppl):75S-79S.
  7. Braman SS. Chronic cough due to acute bronchitis: ACCP evidence-based clinical practice guidelines. Chest. 2006;129(1 Suppl):95S-103S.
  8. Knutson D, Braun C. Diagnosis and management of acute bronchitis. Am Fam Physician. 2002;65(10):2039-2044.