Ventolin

Ventolin Inhalers contain Salbutamol, an active ingredient in inhalers used to open the airways and make breathing easier in people with breathing problems including asthma

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What is Ventolin

Salbutamol 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. 

Ventolin Inhalers are a prescription only medicine, like any other prescription medication you must consult a doctor before using it.

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Who can use Ventolin

Private Doc will prescribe Ventolin inhalers where they are suitable. People qualify for Ventolin if:

  • They have been using Ventolin inhalers for the last year.
  • They have had no problems with Ventolin 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 Ventolin

Ventolin 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. Ventolin Inhalers can also be used shortly before exercising 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 Ventolin Inhaler inhalations you can use each day. Don't exceed the prescribed dose.

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.
  • Ventolin Inhalers should not be used by people with known sensitivity or allergy to Sabutamol .

Ventolin Inhalers may not be suitable for:

  • Pregnant females or those breastfeeding

Ventolin Inhalers 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

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