Ventolin Inhaler

//Ventolin Inhaler

Ventolin Inhaler

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Ventolin (also known as the blue inhaler) belongs to a group of medicines called beta agonists which work as fast acting bronchodilators. Salbutamol is the generic medicinal name and could come in different brands names for example Ventolin or Salamol. The only difference between the two is the price, with Ventolin being more expensive.

  • one inhaler (200 doses)
  • two inhalers (2 x 200 doses)
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What is Ventolin?

Ventolin (also known as the blue inhaler) belongs to a group of medicines called beta agonists which work as fast acting bronchodilators. Salbutamol is the generic medicinal name and could come in different brands names for example Ventolin or Salamol. The only difference between the two is the price, with Ventolin being more expensive.

How does it work?

Ventolin work by relaxing the muscle in the airways so that they open wider and so air can flow into your lungs more freely. This helps ease the symptoms of asthma.

How is Ventolin used?

For Inhalation Use.

Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Adults and adolescents aged 12 years and over

  • to relieve asthma – One or two puffs.
  • to prevent asthma – Two puffs 10-15 minutes before exercise or exposure to a “trigger”.
  • for regular treatment – Two puffs up to 4 times a day.
  • the maximum dose is 8 puffs in a 24 hour period.

Do not use your inhaler more often than the doctor told you to. Tell your doctor if your medicine does not seem to be working as well as usual, as your chest problem may be getting worse and you may need a different medicine. 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.

Instructions of how to use your inhaler (follow the step by step instructions)

Prime your inhaler (before use)

1- When using the inhaler for the first time, test that it is working. Remove the mouthpiece cover by gently squeezing the sides with your thumb and forefinger and pull apart.

2- To make sure that it works, shake it well, point the mouthpiece away from you and press the canister to release two puffs into the air. If you have not used the inhaler for 5 days or more, shake it well and release two puffs of medicine into the air.

Using your inhaler

It is important to start to breathe as slowly as possible just before using your inhaler.

1- Stand or sit upright when using your inhaler.

2- Remove the mouthpiece cover (as shown in the first picture in the printed leaflet in your pack). Check inside and outside to make sure that the mouthpiece is clean and free of objects.

3- Shake the inhaler 4 or 5 times to ensure that any loose objects are removed and that the contents of the inhaler are evenly mixed.

4- Hold the inhaler upright with your thumb on the base, below the mouthpiece. Breathe out as far as is comfortable. Do not breathe in again yet.

5- Place the mouthpiece in your mouth between your teeth. Close your lips around it. Do not bite.

6- Breathe in through your mouth. Just after starting to breathe in, press down on the top of the canister to release a puff of medicine. Do this while still breathing in steadily and deeply.

7- Hold your breath, take the inhaler from your mouth and your finger from the top of the inhaler. Continue holding your breath for a few seconds, or as long as is comfortable.

8- If your doctor has told you to take two puffs, wait about half a minute before you take another puff by repeating steps 3 to 7.

9- After use always replace the mouthpiece cover straight away to keep out dust. Replace the cover by firmly pushing and clicking into position.

What are the common side-effects of Ventolin?

Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.

Ventolin/salbutamol may cause the following side effects:

Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)

  • feeling shaky
  • headache
  • dizziness

If you have an allergic reaction, stop taking your inhaler and see a doctor straight away. Signs of an allergic reaction include: swelling of the face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing, itchy rash, feeling faint and light headed, and collapse.

Who can not use Ventolin?

Do not use Ventolin/salbutamol if:

  • you are allergic to salbutamol sulfate or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
  • you unexpectedly go into early labour (premature labour) or threatened abortion.

Please refer to the following Patient Information Leaflet (PIL) to find more information (including side effects) about Ventolin inhaler

For Ventolin PIL, please refer to:

https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/product/850/pil

 

 

 

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Quantity

one inhaler (200 doses), two inhalers (2 x 200 doses)

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