Like any other prescription medication you must consult a doctor before using Salamol.
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What is Salamol
Salamol works by acting on receptors in the lungs called beta 2 receptors. When salbutamol stimulates these receptors it causes the muscles in the airways to relax. This allows the airways to open.
In conditions where there is narrowing of the airways, such as asthma, it is difficult for air to get in and out of the lungs. By opening the airways, salbutamol makes it easier to breathe.
Salamol is a prescription only medicine, like any other prescription medication you must consult a doctor before using it.
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Who can use Salamol
Private Doc will prescribe Salamol inhalers where they are suitable. People qualify for Salamol if:
- They have been using Salamol or Salbutamol inhalers for the last year.
- They have had no problems with Salamol or Salbutamol inhalers in the last year.
They have had a face-to-face check-up with an Asthma Nurse or Doctor in the last year.
How to take Salamol
Salamol inhalers are known as 'relievers'. This is because when Salbutamol is breathed into the lungs it works very quickly to relieve asthma attacks, wheezing, coughing, chest tightness or shortness of breath. Salamol inhalers can also be used shortly before execising or exposure to allergens, things that trigger wheezing, such as pet fur or pollen, to open the airways and prevent wheezing.
You should follow the instructions given by your doctor regarding when to use your Salamol inhalations you can use each day. Don't exceed the prescribed dose.
To take a dose you breathe out fully, put the mouthpiece to your lips and breathe in steadily and deeply through your mouth.
It is very important to learn how to use your inhaler correctly, as otherwise you won't be breathing the right dose of medicine into your lungs. Instructions will be provided with your inhaler. However, your doctor, nurse or pharmacist can also show you how to use your inhaler and can check that you are using it correctly.
Possible side effects
- Do not exceed the dose that your doctor has prescribed you to use.
- If your inhaler doesn't relieve wheezing or chest tightness as well as usual, or for as long as usual (at least three hours), or you need to use it more often than usual, you should consult your doctor as soon as possible. It may be that your asthma is getting worse and your doctor might need to give you another medicine. The same applies if you are taking salbutamol by mouth or nebuliser and it doesn't seem to be working as well as usual.
- Inhalers may sometimes cause an unexpected increase in wheezing (paradoxical bronchospasm) straight after using them. If this happens, stop using the inhaler immediately and consult your doctor. The medicine should be stopped and an alternative treatment found.
- People with severe asthma should have regular blood tests to monitor the amount of potassium in their blood. This is because low oxygen levels in the blood (hypoxia) and various asthma medicines, including this one, can lower blood potassium levels.
- Sabutamol should not be used by people with known sensitivity or allergy to any of the active ingredients.
Salbutamol may not be suitable for:
- Pregnant females or those breastfeeding
Salbutamol should be used with caution by:
- People with heart disease
- People with an irregular heartbeat
- People with high blood pressure
- People with an overactive thyroid gland
- People with diabetes