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What is Salamol?
The Salamol Salbutamol Sulfate 100 microgram metered dose powder inhaler (referred to as the Salamol Inhaler throughout this information) is used for the relief of acute bronchospasm, symptoms of reversible airway obstruction and asthma attacks. Identifiable, as the blue inhaler, Salamol also works as a ‘reliever’ inhaler and is to be used during an asthma attack.
For further information on Salamol, please see the Patient Information Leaflet here.
How it works
During an asthma attack, the muscles that surround the airways become tightened, inflamed and produce a thick mucus. This causes the lungs to go into bronchospasm which makes it difficult to breathe.
The active ingredient in Salamol is Salbutamol and can provide relief within minutes of inhalation. Salbutamol inhalers work by relaxing the spasming of the bronchial muscle. It can relieve wheezing and shortness of breath for a person having an asthma attack for up to 4 - 6 hours.
Before you take it
It is important for your own health and safety that if you already experience symptoms of an allergic reaction related to Salamol inhalers, Salbutamol sulfate, or any other ingredient in this drug, you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking the Salamol inhaler.
We do not prescribe any medications to people under 18 years old.
The Salamol inhaler is unsuitable for some patients. You should contact your doctor or medical professional if any of the following apply:
- Your asthma is active (you have frequent asthma symptoms or flare-ups) and you need to use more puffs of your ‘reliever’
- Your asthma appears to be worsening
- Your daily ‘preventer’ or brown inhaler is becoming less effective
- You have problems with your thyroid or adrenal glands
- You are using diuretics (these products can also be administered to treat high blood pressure or a heart condition)
- You have high blood pressure
- Have ever had heart disease
- You are taking xanthine derivatives (such as theophylline) or steroid treatments to treat acute asthma
- Your asthma is extremely unstable and preventer inhalers are ineffective
Please read the information carefully before using this Salamol Salbutamol inhaler to ensure you use the appropriate dosage and inhaler technique. For a diagram to show you how to use the correct technique and to find out more information about the Salamol inhaler, please see the Patient Information Leaflet.
A volumatic spacer device can be used for people struggling with correct inhaler technique. The dosage for your treatment will be determined by your doctor on the severity of your asthma.
For adults and adolescents aged 12 years and over: To relieve asthma: 100 to 200 micrograms. To prevent asthma: 200 micrograms, 10-15 minutes before exercise or exposure to a trigger. For regular treatment: 100 to 200 micrograms, up to four times a day. The maximum dose is 800 mg in 24 hours.
For children 11 years of age and under: To relieve asthma: One inhalation of 100 micrograms, which can be increased to two doses as required. To prevent asthma: 100 micrograms 10-15 minutes before exercise or exposure to a trigger. This can be increased to two inhalations when required. For regular treatment: 200 micrograms up to four times a day. The maximum dose is 800 mg in 24 hours
Common Side Effects of Salamol
Possible but less serious side effects of the Salamol are:
- A headache
- Feeling shaky
In case of serious possible side effects, stop taking treatment and call a doctor for symptoms such as:
- Slurred or slow speech, difficulty in talking
- Pain in the chest
- Low serum potassium level in the blood
- Peripheral dilatation (Increased blood flow to extremities)
Although the frequency is unknown, it has been reported that symptoms of chest pains from angina can occur. If experiencing severe or serious side effects, please contact a pharmacist, nurse or doctor.
It is possible that you are allergic to some of the ingredients in this medication. Please tell your doctor at once if you show signs of an allergic reaction such as:
- Skin rash
- Worsened breathing problems
- Inflammation of the legs, arms, face, lips, throat, or tongue
- Increased heart rate
- Confusion or anxiety
If you are experiencing an allergic reaction, stop using Salamol and tell your doctor right away.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is Salamol suitable for Children?
The Salbutamol Inhaler is not suitable for use in children under 4 years of age. Use in children should always be advised by an adult and healthcare professional. We do not prescribe medication to anyone under the age of 18.
Do I need a prescription?
Yes. The Salamol inhaler is available through our website. You can order online after a free consultation with our pharmacy.
I’m pregnant. Can I use Salamol?
Consult your doctor first before using this medication if you suspect you may be pregnant, are breastfeeding, or are during pregnancy.
What happens if I miss a dose?
If you forget to take your prescribed dose at the right time, take your medicine as soon as you remember. If it is close to your next dose, however, skip the missed last dose and take treatment when it is time to use your inhaler again. The medication should not be taken in high doses. Never double dose to make up for a missed treatment.
What happens if I take too much?
The use of this inhaler should be used as instructed with your prescription only. Never take more puffs of your inhaler. If you have accidentally inhaled more than intended or what is instructed, please call your doctor.
If treatment does not relieve symptoms or you become more wheezy or short of breath, please check with your doctor to ensure they are prescribing you the correct dosage and medication. The dosage may be increased or you may be given alternative medicines available.
|Dosage Instructions||Inhale ONE or TWO puffs as directed|