ProAir RespiClick is an inhaler that was approved in March of 2015 for the treatment of bronchospasm due to asthma, bronchitis and other types of reversible obstructive lung disease in patients 12 years old and over. It contains albuterol sulfate, which is nothing new. It has been used for decades in asthma inhalers and is found in products like Proventil and Ventolin. Albuterol is a beta-agonist or beta-blocker drug. It works by relaxing smooth muscle tissue in the lungs to stop spasms. It also has some effect on mast cells, preventing them from releasing substances like histamine and other inflammatory compounds.
ProAir RespiClick is different, however, because it is a multi-dose, breath-activated inhaler. This is the only breath-activated, multi-dose, short-acting beta blocker inhaler available on the U.S. market. As anyone who has used an inhaler knows, it can sometimes be difficult to coordinate your breath with a spray from an inhaler and sometimes the dose isn’t fully released from the device, or not at all. Breath-activated inhalers eliminate this difficulty, and patients don’t have to worry about pumping the inhaler correctly to release a dose.
This ease of use is precisely why ProAir RespiClick is a great option for kids. They will be less likely to miss a dose due to misuse. Teva Pharmaceuticals, the manufacturer of Proair, is currently waiting for the approval of their application to the FDA for use of the drug in children aged 4-11. The FDA is expected to approve the inhaler for this use sometime in April of this year. ProAir RespiClick has undergone drug trials for this age group. Also, other types of albuterol inhalers, including ProAir HFA, are already approved and currently in use for children under the age of 12.
Side effects of using ProAir RespiClick and other albuterol inhalers include dry mouth, tremors, headache, mouth and throat irritation, dizziness, back pain and elevated heart rate. In rare cases, albuterol and other beta blockers can cause low potassium levels and heart problems. Patients that are allergic to milk proteins, have diabetes, heart problems, high blood pressure, low potassium, seizures and/or thyroid problems are advised to be precautious and talk to their doctors about the risks involved with using inhalers with beta-blockers.
ProAir RespiClick inhalers currently cost around $60-$70 for one inhaler, which is a fairly low price considering the cost of most new pharmaceutical products. Use our ProAir RespiClick coupon to save up to 75% when you fill your prescription.