- Relieves asthma symptoms
- Contains Salbutamol
- Available as aerosol or autohaler
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What is an Airomir inhaler?
An Airomir inhaler is a salbutamol asthma inhaler that is designed to relieve symptoms such as wheezing and shortness of breath.
It is available in two different versions: aerosol inhalers and autohalers.
The aerosol inhaler contains a metal canister of medicine, which is released when you press down on the canister. You will need to press down on the canister to administer the medicine while breathing in at the same time.
The second option, the autohaler, requires you to prime the device and inhale through the mouthpiece. Inhaling through the mouthpiece will release a dose of salbutamol automatically. Many people prefer this version as it is simpler to operate.
You must have a prescription to buy Airomir inhalers.
What are Airomir inhalers used to treat?
Airomir is classed as a reliever inhaler and is used to provide instant relief from asthma symptoms. As a reliever inhaler, Airomir is particularly effective when used during an asthma attack due to its fast-acting properties.
Airomir works to relieve breathlessness, wheezing, and coughing by relaxing the airways into the lungs, making it a lot easier for you to breathe.
Airomir can also be used before exercise or when you know you are likely to come into contact with asthma triggers, such as dust or fumes.
How do Airomir inhalers work?
An Airomir inhaler contains the active ingredient salbutamol, which is part of a group of medicines known as short-acting beta 2 antagonists. This group of medicines work on the beta 2 receptors in your lungs. When these receptors are stimulated, the muscles in your airways relax; this allows the airways to expand and relieves symptoms of asthma and the tightness in your chest.
It will start to make it easier for you to breathe within 10-15 minutes. You should feel the full benefits of this medicine within 30 minutes.
Who can use Airomir?
You should speak to your doctor before using Airomir if you suffer from any of the following conditions:
- You have any thyroid problems
- You have high blood pressure
- You have an irregular heart rhythm
- You have diabetes
- You have hypoxia
- You have a history of heart disease
- You have acute severe asthma
Can you buy Airomir inhalers over the counter?
No, you cannot buy Airomir inhalers over the counter, they must be prescribed by a doctor.
Can you buy Airomir inhalers online?
Yes, you can buy Airomir online from most UK online pharmacies, like Medicine Direct. However, you will need to ensure that you complete an online health consultation, which will then be assessed by a doctor to ensure the treatment is suitable for you.
Airomir Inhaler Alternatives
You can buy these asthma inhalers online at Medicine Direct after an online consultation with one of our UK-based prescribers.
Airomir Indications and Dose
All of our doctors and pharmacists follow NICE guidelines when prescribing Airomir Inhalers.
Always use Airomir exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information and ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure.
How to use Airomir inhhaler
The recommended dosage for adults is to have one or two inhalations when required. To prevent the symptoms of asthma, you should take it around 10 to 15 minutes before you do any exercise or before you are exposed to any triggers or allergens.
This inhaler comes available in two different versions. The Airomir aerosol inhaler requires you to press down on a metal canister to inhale the medicine; this will release 100mcg of salbutamol.This action needs you to time the inhalation to coincide with the canister's manual compression, so if you do not time it properly you might not get the full dose. As a result, you must attend appointments with your GP or asthma nurse to make sure you are using the inhaler properly.
The Airomir autohaler is the second version, which releases a measured dose automatically whenever you inhale from the mouthpiece.
For the Airomir autohaler, the device will release salbutamol once primed, when you inhale from the mouthpiece.
You should speak to your doctor if your symptoms are so severe or persistent that you need to use your Airomir more than eight times in the same day. You may benefit from a different form of asthma treatment.
Airomir Side Effects
Like all medicines, Airomir inhalers come with the risk of certain side effects, although they will not bother everyone who uses them.
Common side effects may include:
- Feeling dizzy
- Feeling tense
- Suffering from mild trembling or shaking
- A faster heartbeat for a short time (but no chest pain)
- Suffering muscle cramps
These side effects should not cause concern and will normally start to ease as your body gets used to the medicine. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist for more information if any of these reactions worry you or do not go away over time.
Always read the patient information leaflet for a comprehensive list of side effects you may experience while using an Airomir inhaler.
Airomir Warnings and Drug Interactions
Airomir inhalers may interact with other forms of medicine. This can result in side effects or hinder the effectiveness of one or both medicines.
Before using an Airomir inhaler, you should make sure that your doctor is aware if you are currently taking or have recently taken any other medicine.
In particular, tell them if you are taking any of the following:
- Long-term laxatives
- Tricyclic antidepressants
- Xanthines, such as theophylline or aminophylline
- Diuretics (water pills) such as Bendroflumethiazide for high blood pressure
- Any medicine for heart disease, such as digoxin
See the NICE website for more information on Airomir Inhaler drug interactions.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Airomir inhalers are generally considered safe to use while pregnant and breastfeeding.
Nonetheless, you should still make sure that your doctor is aware if you are currently pregnant, trying to get pregnant, think you might be pregnant or are breastfeeding.
The active ingredient contained in this medicine is salbutamol.
Other ingredients that make up the product are oleic acid, ethanol, propellant HFA-134a.
Make sure your doctor is aware if you have an allergy to any of these ingredients.
How much does it cost to buy Airomir inhalers online?
Inhaler type Quantity Price Airomir 100mcg inhaler 1 inhaler £15.99 Airomir 100mcg inhaler 2 inhalers £30.99 Airomir 100mcg autohaler 1 autohaler £20.99 Airomir 100mcg autohaler 2 autohalers £40.99
Should I use my Airmir inhaler during an asthma attack?Yes, Airomir is a reliever inhaler and gives instant relief in the event of an asthma attack.
How long does it take for Airomir to work?Airomir starts to work immediately after you have a puff.
How long will I need to use my inhaler for?Most people will use Airomir for many years to come, you should carry your inhaler with you at all times. Asthma attacks can appear out of nowhere with no warning, even if you are not experiencing any symptoms.
How often should I use my inhaler?You should use your inhaler whenever you start to experience asthma symptoms. Over time, you may find that you need to use your reliever inhaler less.
Is Airmoir the same as Ventolin?Airomir and Ventolin are both branded versions of the Salbutamol reliever inhaler.
Is it safe to use Salbutamol for a long time?Salbutamol does not cause any long lasting side effects, it is safe to use for a long period of time.
Should I keep a record/diary of how often I use my inhaler?Keeping a record of how frequently you are using your inhaler allows your doctor to monitor your asthma better. It also enables you to be more organised when it comes to ordering repeat inhalers.
Are there any Airomir alternatives?Other salbutamol inhalers such as Ventolin and Salamol are closely related alternatives to Airomir as they also include Salbutamol.
This page has been medically reviewed by: Hussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840
Updated on: 18/06/2021
This content has been written by our Superintendent Pharmacist Hussain Abdeh and has been medically reviewed by our Pharmacist Sonia Khan
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