Short-acting beta agonists (SABAs) are used for the quick relief or prevention of asthma and COPD symptoms. These medications may also be known as rescue inhalers. They relax muscles in the lungs and maintain open airways, allowing for better airflow.

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This chart is created by aggregating the total number of claims for the drugs in this class divided by the # of drugs with a specific indication. It is meant to be representative but may not accurately reflect the actual # of prescriptions written to treat a specific condition.

Prices for Popular Short-Acting Beta Agonists

Popularity Brand Name (Generic Name) GoodRx Fair Price Price Trend
Ventolin HFA
58
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Albuterol (Ventolin HFA) is an expensive drug used to treat and prevent bronchospasm. This drug is more popular than comparable drugs. There are brand-name versions of albuterol available, but the brands and generics are not interchangeable. It is covered by most Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.
Accuneb
(albuterol)
10
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Accuneb (albuterol) is a beta agonist used to treat asthma by relaxing muscles in the airway and allowing greater airflow. It can help prevent and treat symptoms such as chest tightness, shortness of breath, and wheezing. Accuneb is given using a nebulizer, and is available as generic albuterol. Brand-name-only albuterol inhalers are also available, and include Proair HFA, Ventolin HFA, and Proventil HFA.
Proair HFA
60
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Albuterol (Proair HFA) is an expensive drug used to treat or prevent bronchospasm in patients with asthma, bronchitis, emphysema, and other lung diseases. This medicine is also used to prevent wheezing caused by exercise. This drug is more popular than comparable drugs. There are brand-name versions of albuterol available, but the brands and generics are not interchangeable. It is covered by some Medicare and insurance plans, but some pharmacy coupons or cash prices may be lower.
Proventil HFA
78
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ALBUTEROL is a bronchodilator. It helps open up the airways in your lungs to make it easier to breathe. This medicine is used to treat and to prevent bronchospasm.
Xopenex HFA
(levalbuterol)
60 N/A See Prices
LEVALBUTEROL is a bronchodilator. It helps open up the airways in your lungs to make it easier to breathe. This medicine is used to treat and to prevent bronchospasm.
Xopenex
(levalbuterol)
60 N/A See Prices
LEVALBUTEROL is a bronchodilator. It helps open up the airways in your lungs to make it easier to breathe. This medicine is used to treat and to prevent bronchospasm.
Proair Respiclick
57
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ALBUTEROL is a bronchodilator. It helps open up the airways in your lungs to make it easier to breathe. This medicine is used to treat and to prevent bronchospasm.
terbutaline
23
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TERBUTALINE is a bronchodilator. It helps open up the airways in your lungs to make it easier to breathe. This medicine is used to treat the symptoms of asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.
metaproterenol
28
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METAPROTERENOL is a bronchodilator. It helps open up the airways in your lungs to make it easier to breathe. This medicine is used to treat and to prevent bronchospasm.

Note: Popularity is based on total prescriptions for the brand and generic versions of each drug, regardless of the condition being treated. Some drugs are prescribed for multiple conditions.

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