ventolin hfa, the brand-name form of albuterol,is a prescription medication used to treat bronchospasm in people who have reversibleobstructive airway disease. it is also used to prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm.ventolin hfa belongs to a group of drugs called beta agonists or bronchodilators, which workby relaxing the smooth muscle of the airways. this medication comes in an inhaler to bebreathed slowly into the lungs. common side effects of ventolin include fast heartbeat,shakiness, headache, and nervousness. this medication is only to be used if prescribedby your health care provider. for rxwiki, i'm lindsay morrison.