DuoNeb vs. Ventolin

Are DuoNeb and Ventolin the Same Thing?

DuoNeb (beclomethasone dipropionate) and Ventolin HFA (albuterol sulfate inhalation aerosol) are used to treat asthma.

Ventolin HFA is also used to prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm.

DuoNeb and Ventolin HFA belong to different drug classes. DuoNeb is a steroid and Ventolin HFA is a bronchodilator.

Side effects of DuoNeb and Ventolin HFA that are similar include nausea, vomiting, headache, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose, cough, mouth/throat dryness or irritation, unpleasant taste in the mouth/changes in taste, or hoarseness.

Side effects of DuoNeb that are different from Ventolin HFA include stomach upset, sinus pain, dry nose, or deepened voice.

Side effects of Ventolin HFA that are different from DuoNeb include nervousness, shaking (tremor), palpitations, dizziness, sleep problems (insomnia), muscle pain, or diarrhea.

DuoNeb may interact with other drugs.

Ventolin HFA may interact with diuretics (water pills), digoxin, beta-blockers, antidepressants, MAO inhibitors, or other bronchodilators.

What Are Possible Side Effects of DuoNeb?

Common side effects of DuoNeb include:

  • headache,
  • dizziness,
  • nausea,
  • dry mouth,
  • shaking (tremors),
  • nervousness,
  • constipation, or
  • cold symptoms such as stuffy nose, sneezing, cough, or sore throat.

Tell your doctor if you have serious side effects of DuoNeb including:

What Are Possible Side Effects of Ventolin?

Common side effects of Ventolin include:

  • nervousness,
  • shaking (tremor),
  • palpitations,
  • headache,
  • mouth/throat dryness or irritation,
  • cough,
  • hoarseness,
  • sore throat,
  • runny or stuffy nose,
  • nausea,
  • vomiting,
  • dizziness,
  • sleep problems (insomnia),
  • muscle pain,
  • changes in taste, or
  • diarrhea.

Seek medical help immediately if you have rare but serious side effects of Ventolin HFA, including:


Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease. See Answer

What Is DuoNeb?

DuoNeb (ipratropium bromide and albuterol sulfate) is a combination of bronchodilators used to treat and prevent symptoms (wheezing and shortness of breath) caused by ongoing lung disease (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD which includes bronchitis and emphysema).

What Is Ventolin?

Ventolin HFA (albuterol sulfate inhalation aerosol) is a bronchodilator used to treat or prevent bronchospasm in people with reversible obstructive airway disease. Ventolin HFA is also used to prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm. Ventolin HFA is available in generic form.

What Drugs Interact With DuoNeb?

DuoNeb may interact with certain beta-blockers, such as propranolol. Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. Tell your doctor all the products you use, including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products.

What Drugs Interact With Ventolin?

Ventolin HFA may adversely interact with diuretics (water pills), digoxin, beta-blockers, antidepressants, MAO inhibitors, or other bronchodilators. Tell your doctor all medications you are taking. During pregnancy, Ventolin HFA should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. It is unknown if this medication passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breastfeeding.


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How Should DuoNeb Be Taken?

Two inhalations four times a day, not to exceed 12 inhalations in 24 hours.

How Should Ventolin Be Taken?

The dose of Ventolin HFA for adults and children for treatment of acute episodes of bronchospasm or prevention of symptoms associated with bronchospasm is 2 inhalations repeated every 4 to 6 hours. More frequent administration or a larger number of inhalations is not recommended. For exercise-induced bronchospasm, the dose is 2 inhalations 15 to 30 minutes before exercise.


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FDA. DuoNeb Product Information.


GSK. Ventolin Product Information.


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