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What is Salbutamol?
The Salbutamol Sulfate 100 microgram metered dose powder inhaler (referred to as the Salbutamol Inhaler throughout this information) is used for the relief of acute bronchospasm, symptoms of reversible airway obstruction and asthma.
The Salbutamol Inhaler, also known as a blue inhaler, is a dry powder for oral route administration. Salbutamol is a reliever inhaler, and can be taken to treat breathing problems. These triggers are usually caused by respiratory irritants, such as pollen, house dust and smoke, as well as exercise and pets, which carry a significant risk of causing severe asthma and allergen symptoms.
The active ingredient, Salbutamol, belongs to a group of medicines of fast-acting bronchodilators. These medications are to be used during an asthma attack as an immediate respirator solution from shortness of breath.
The relief of Salbutamol Inhalers are temporary and should be used alongside a ‘preventer’ inhaler to prevent the occurrence of an asthma attack.
For further information on the Salbutamol Inhaler, please see the Patient Information Leaflet here.
The effects of the Salbutamol Inhaler are temporary and will last between 4 - 6 hours.
How it works
During an asthma attack, the surrounding muscles around the airways tighten and go into bronchospasm. The lining of the airways may also become swollen, inflamed and produce a thicker mucus.
The Salbutamol Inhaler works by relaxing the muscles and opening the airways; bringing quick relief to asthmatic symptoms. There should be a noticeable difference within a few minutes after you have inhaled Salbutamol.
Before you take it
Most healthy adults and children over the age of 12 are safe using the Salbutamol Inhaler. It is not recommended for use by children under 12 years of age without direct medical advice or supervision from a healthcare professional. We do not prescribe any medications to people under 18 years old.
It is important for your own health and safety that if you already suffer symptoms of an allergic reaction related to Salbutamol or any other ingredient in this drug, you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking the Salbutamol inhaler.
This inhaler is only to be used during an asthma attack. Please use your ‘preventer’ inhaler for everyday asthma maintenance. ‘Preventer’ and ‘rescue’ inhalers are not the same. It is important to note that patients should be with a ‘reliever’ inhaler at all times as it helps you to breathe during an asthma attack.
The Salbutamol Inhaler is unsuitable for some patients. You should contact your doctor or healthcare professional if any of the following apply:
- Your asthma is active (for example, you have limited ability, frequent symptoms or flare-ups) and you need to use more puffs of your ‘reliever’
- Are allergic to similar inhalers
- Your asthma is appearing to be getting worse
- You have severe or unstable asthma and your daily ‘preventer’ 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 a heart problem including an uneven heartbeat, narrowing of the arteries, heart disease or have had heart failure
- You are taking xanthine derivatives (such as theophylline) or steroids to treat acute asthma
Please read the information carefully before using this medicine to ensure you use the correct dosage and inhaler technique. A spacer device is also suitable for use with this medication to ensure the treatment reaches deep into your lungs.
For a diagram to show you how to use the correct technique and to find out more information about the Salbutamol inhaler, please see the Patient Information Leaflet.
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 if 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 Salbutamol
Many patients who use the Salbutamol Inhaler have no side effects. In some cases, however, people may experience some side effects.
Possible but less serious side effects of the Salbutamol Inhaler are:
- Feeling shaky
In case of serious side effects, seek medical advice for symptoms such as:
- Slow or slurred speech
- Chest pain
- Lowered serum potassium level in the blood
- Increased blood flow to extremities (peripheral dilatation)
Should any of these symptoms become present, continue use of medication and contact a medical professional.
In addition, although the frequency is unknown, it has been reported that symptoms of chest pains from angina or chest pains can occur. If experiencing severe or serious side effects, please contact a doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
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
- 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 while using Salbutamol, stop treatment and tell your doctor right away.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
Is Salbutamol suitable for Children?
The Salbutamol Inhaler is not suitable for use in children under the age of 4 or younger. Use in children should always be advised by a healthcare professional.
Do I need a prescription?
Yes. The Salbutamol inhaler is available online. Order through the electronic prescription service on our website after your free consultation.
I’m pregnant. Can I use Salbutamol?
Consult your doctor first before using this medication during pregnancy, breastfeeding or if you suspect you may be pregnant.
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 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?
It is important to always use this medication in accordance with your prescription. If you have accidentally taken more than intended or what is recommended, 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 treatments available.
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