Ventolin (Salbutamol) Inhaler

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Ventolin (Salbutamol) is an inhaler commonly prescribed all over the UK to help control Asthma symptoms.

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What is Ventolin (Salbutamol)?

Ventolin asthma inhaler contains the active drug, Salbutamol, which helps to relieve symptoms of Asthma attack or difficulty breathing, making it very useful for people that suffer from Asthma.

How does Ventolin (Salbutamol) work?

The active ingredient in Ventolin is Salbutamol. Salbutamol is a short acting beta-2 agonist and works as a fast acting bronchodilator. It works by relaxing the muscles around the airways so that the lungs stay open, making breathing air in and out easier. It is very effective and works quickly (within 5 minutes) and provides short-acting (4 to 6 hour) relief, making it useful for people that suffer from Asthma.

Although Ventolin (Salbutamol) helps relieve symptoms when they worsen, it will not help to prevent your symptoms from returning. If you suffer from symptoms regularly or your symptoms are getting worse or more frequent, you should book an appointment with your doctor as soon as possible for an Asthma review.

How is Ventolin (Salbutamol) taken?

You should always use your inhaler exactly as your doctor has told you so it is important to check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are not sure. The usual dose of Ventolin (Salbutamol) inhaler is one or two puffs to be inhaled up to four times a day when required. Your doctor may have told you to take more than this as an emergency treatment if your wheezing or breathing gets very bad. It is very important that you keep to your doctor’s instructions as to how many puffs to take and how often to use your inhaler.

Ventolin (Salbutamol) should be inhaled through the use of an inhaler. It does require some coordination in order to use the inhaler properly, which is very important. You can visit your GP or local pharmacist in person, who can help ensure your inhaler technique is correct. Ventolin (Salbutamol) does not need to be taken every day and should be used to provide relief of your symptoms when required and not used to prevent asthma.

Below is an online guide of how to use your Ventolin (Salbutamol) asthma inhaler properly:

1. Remove the cap and shake the inhaler before use.

2. Take a normal breath and breathe out completely.

3. Put your mouth over the mouthpiece and seal with your lips to prevent air escaping.

4. Start taking a slow deep breath in, then press down the canister button at the top of the inhaler and continue to breathe in as deeply as you can.

5. Hold your breath for 10 seconds to allow the drug time to work in your airways and then exhale slowly.

You should also read the patient information leaflet provided to ensure it is taken correctly.

Is preventative medication needed for Asthma?

Ventolin (Salbutamol) works to relieve Asthma symptoms but will not protect damage to your airways. As of such, there are other medications that are used for long-term control of your symptoms. If you experience Asthma symptoms regularly, you should talk to your doctor about whether you should take preventative medication.

Patients on preventative medication are still encouraged to have a Ventolin (Salbutamol) inhaler with them, incase their Asthma symptoms become worse.

What are the side effects of Ventolin (Salbutamol)?

Like all medications, Ventolin (Salbutamol) can cause certain side effects, although not everyone will experience them. Such side effects include:

  • Increased heart rate or palpitations
  • Muscle tremor (shaking hands)
  • Anxiety

These side effects are not particularly severe in comparison to the results of an untreated Asthma attack, so patients are encouraged to use Ventolin in the event of someone having an Asthma attack. However you should discuss any unusual side effects experienced with your doctor.

What are the cautions related to using Ventolin (Salbutamol)?

Although Ventolin (Salbutamol) is commonly used for relief of Asthma symptoms, it is important to check if the medication is suitable for you. Ventolin (Salbutamol) should not be used by people suffering with certain conditions or those using certain medications.  You should always read the patient information leaflet (PIL) for Ventolin (Salbutamol) before taking this medication to ensure it is safe for you to use.

Where can I find more information on Asthma and Ventolin (Salbutamol)?

Please refer to the patient information leaflet (PIL) for further information about Ventolin (Salbutamol). You can find more information on Asthma here.

Authored Oct 27, 2017 by Joseph Issac, MPharm
Reviewed Aug 19, 2019 by Prabjeet Saundh, MPharm

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