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Ventolin is an asthma inhaler. It is used to relieve symptoms of asthma, such as shortness of breath and wheezing. It works by relaxing the muscles around the airways, making it easier for you to breathe.
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What is Ventolin?

The Ventolin Evohaler salbutamol sulfate dose Inhaler 100 micrograms (referred to by the brand name Ventolin throughout this information) is used for the immediate relief from symptoms of an asthma attack.

The Ventolin Inhaler, also identifiable as a blue inhaler, is regarded as a ‘reliever’. This medication can be used to treat breathing problems that can bring on asthma symptoms in some people. These triggers can be caused by things such as exercise, pets, pollen, house dust and smoke.

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 a Ventolin salbutamol Inhalers is temporary and should be used alongside a ‘preventer’ inhaler to prevent the occurrence of an asthma attack.

For further information on the Ventolin Inhaler, please see the Patient Information Leaflet here.

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 Ventolin 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 adolescents over the age of 12 are safe using the Ventolin 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 the Ventolin or any other ingredient in this drug, you should talk to your doctor or pharmacist before taking the Ventolin inhaler.

This inhaler is only to be used during an asthma attack. Please use your ‘preventer’ inhaler for everyday asthma maintenance. ‘Preventer’ and ‘reliever’ inhalers are not the same. It is advised to carry a ‘reliever’ inhaler with you at all times as it helps you to breathe during an asthma attack.

The Ventolin 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 your ‘reliever’ increasingly often
  • Are allergic to similar inhalers
  • Your asthma appears to be getting worse
  • You have severe asthma attacks and your ‘preventer’ inhaler is becoming less effective
  • You have problems with your thyroid or adrenal glands
  • You are using diuretics (these can also be taken 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 asthma

Dosage Instructions

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 images to show you how to use the product and to find out more information about the Ventolin inhaler, please see our 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 4 times a day. The maximum dose is 800 mg in 24 hours

For children under 12 years of age

To relieve asthma: 100 micrograms, 200 if required. To prevent asthma: 100 micrograms 10-15 minutes before exercise or exposure to a trigger, two inhalations if required. For regular treatment: 200 micrograms up to 4 times a day. The maximum dose is 800 mg in 24 hours

Common Side Effects of Ventolin

Many people who use the Ventolin Inhaler have no side effects. In some cases, however, patients may experience some side effects.

Possible but less serious side effects of the Ventolin Inhaler are:

  • Feeling shaky
  • Headache

In case of serious side effects, seek medical advice for symptoms such as:

  • Slow or slurred speech
  • Chest pain
  • Lowered 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 Ventolin, stop treatment and tell your doctor right away.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Is the Ventolin Inhaler suitable for Children?

The Ventolin Inhaler is not recommended for children 12 years of age or younger. Use in children should always be advised by a healthcare professional.

Do I need a prescription?

Yes. The Ventolin inhaler is available through our electronic prescription service.

I’m pregnant. Can I use Ventolin Inhaler?

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. Never double dose to make up for a missed or forgotten dose.

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 you do not seem to be getting better or become more wheezy or short of breath, please check with your doctor to ensure you are being given the correct dosage and medication. They may increase your dosage or you may be given alternative treatments available.

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Dosage 100 mcg
Dosage Instructions Please see medicine label for the dosage instructions.