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Prevent or reduce EIB or asthma symptoms so you can exercise and stay active

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Ways to prevent or reduce asthma symptoms or EIB

People who experience EIB (exercise-induced bronchospasm) have difficulty breathing during or after:1

  • Physical activity
  • Sports
  • Working out

Most people with EIB don't need to limit their physical activity, unless instructed to do so by their health care provider. Using ProAir® HFA 15-30 minutes before exercising can help prevent or reduce the effects of EIB  for two to three hours in most people.2

Here are some additional steps you can take to prevent breathing problems1 associated with EIB, including:

  • Warm up before you start exercising
  • Cool down after you exercise
  • Try to breathe through your nose as much as possible
  • Exercise indoors when pollen counts are high
  • Exercise indoors when the air outside is cold and dry because it can trigger EIB. If you do exercise in these conditions, wear a scarf around your mouth.
  • Consider getting a flu shot and don’t exercise if you are sick
  • Keep track of your allergies and take steps to avoid exposure to things that cause allergy symptoms (allergens)
  • Use an asthma-control medication if you have asthma, if prescribed by your healthcare provider, because it may help reduce EIB
  • Make sure that your coaches and trainers are aware that you have asthma or get EIB, so that they know what to do if you start to have symptoms or an attack

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

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  1. Sinha T, David AK. Recognition and Management of Exercise-Induced Bronchospasm. Am Fam Physician. 2003; 67(4): 769-774, 675
  2. NHLBI Expert Panel Report 3 (EPR3): Guidelines for the Diagnosis and Management of Asthma. Available at: Accessed February 12, 2014.