Salamol Easi-Breathe Inhaler
- Widely prescribed reliever inhaler
- Relaxes the muscles in the airways
- Relieves the symptoms of asthma
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What is Salamol Easi-Breathe Inhaler?
Salamol Easi-Breathe is a breath-actuated inhaler that contains Salbutamol. Salbutamol has been used in the treatment of asthma since 1969 in the UK and is regularly featured on the World Health Organisation's List of Essential Medicines.
Salamol is a blue reliever inhaler and is fast acting to suppress the symptoms of asthma.
It is part of a group of medicines known as short-acting beta 2 agonists, which stimulate the beta 2 receptors inside the lungs. The Salamol inhaler works by relaxing the muscles in the airways, which causes the airways to expand, relieving the symptoms of asthma and making it easier to breathe.
What is Salamol used to treat?
The Salamol CFC-free inhaler is widely prescribed as an effective treatment for asthma.
The inhaler contains the active ingredient salbutamol, which is effective in providing short-term relief from asthma symptoms. The Ventolin Inhaler is another type of reliever inhaler that contains the active ingredient salbutamol.
This active ingredient is also able to prevent the symptoms of asthma from occurring after you have exercised. Salamol Easi-Breathe inhalers act incredibly fast and asthma sufferers will feel the effects long after taking it, making it one of the most effective treatments for asthma available.
How does Salamol (Salbutamol) inhaler treat asthma?
Salbutamol targets the beta-2 adrenergic receptors on the smooth muscle in the airways, it inhibits inflammation and hypersensitivity from mast cells and as a result relaxes the airways so air can pass through them easier. It's inhibitory effect on certain cells within the airways can be felt within 5 minutes of administration, making it a highly effective reliever inhaler.
Salamol should be used as soon as asthma symptoms start to appear. The salbutamol contained within the inhaler will help with symptoms such as wheezing, coughing and breathlessness.
How to use Salamol 100mcg easi-breathe inhaler
To use the inhaler, you should place your lips around the mouthpiece and inhale; the dose will be released automatically. You should take one or two puffs from the inhaler in the event of an asthma attack, but you should not take more than four doses in a 24-hour period.
For a full detailed, step-by-step guide on how to use your inhaler, please read our how to use ventolin guide.
Who can use the Salamol inhaler 100mcg?
This inhaler is not suitable for people who have certain conditions. If you suffer from any of the below conditions, you should inform your doctor before you use the inhaler:
- Irregular heartbeat
- A history of heart disease
- Thyroid issues
- High blood pressure
The Salamol inhaler is safe to use during pregnancy and for those who are breastfeeding. Nonetheless, you should still inform your doctor if you are either breastfeeding, pregnant or are currently trying to get pregnant.
This inhaler interacts with certain medications, please refer to our Warnings and Drug Interactions page for the list of medicines you should inform your doctor about before you use the Salamol inhaler.
Salamol (Salbutamol) side effects
As with all medicines, people who use the Salamol inhaler may experience certain side effects. Not everyone will suffer adverse effects from using this inhaler and the side effects should gradually improve as your body gets used to using the inhaler.
However, if any of the below symptoms persist, you should stop using Salamol and contact your doctor or pharmacist:
- Mild trembling or shaking
- Muscle cramps
- Feeling tense
This list is not exhaustive. For the full list of side effects, please see our Side Effects tab. You should always thoroughly read the information leaflet which will accompany your Salamol inhaler before you start using it.
What is the difference between Salamol or Ventolin?
Both Salamol and Ventolin inhalers contain the same active ingredient, Salbutamol. Most importantly, in a recent study, salbutamol was found to be just as effective as Ventolin. The study concluded that both inhalers were found to offer the same bronchodilator response.
Can you buy Salamol online?
Yes, you can buy salamol inhaler online in the UK from most pharmacies. Salamol is a prescription only medicine, you cannot buy salamol over the counter. When you buy salamol online you will need to complete a detailed medical questionnaire, so a doctor or healthcare professional is able to assess your condition to ensure you are receiving the most suitable treatment for your condition.
You should always ensure you are purchasing medicine from a fully regulated an licensed online pharmacy. To learn more about our licenses and who we are regulated by, visit our about us page. You will also find more information there about our company, team and medical experts.
Salamol Indications and Dose
You should always read the patient information leaflet before taking any medicines which are used to treat asthma.
All of our doctors and pharmacists follow the NICE guidelines dosage instructions when prescribing Salamol.
If you take your inhaler and are still struggling to breathe, you should call an ambulance immediately.
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Salamol Serious Side Effects
All medicines run the risk of side effects, although the risks of this medicine having any adverse effects on the patient are very low. If you do suffer any side effects from this treatment, they are usually mild, do not last long and commonly subside as your body gets used to taking the medicine.
The common side effects of using the Salamol inhaler can be found on the main page.
In rare cases, you may experience more serious side effects from using this inhaler.
You should call a doctor immediately if you experience any of these side effects:
- You have a very bad headache
- You experience chest pain, particularly if you have a fast or irregular heartbeat
- You have cramps or muscle pain or weakness
- You have very bad dizziness or you pass out
In very rare cases, you may require treatment in hospital if you suffer a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis).
You should call 999 or go to A&E immediately if any of these symptoms appear:
- You are wheezing
- You have trouble breathing or speaking
- Your lips, face, tongue, mouth or throat begins to swell
- Your chest or throat begins to tighten
- You get a skin rash that is red, swollen, blistered, peeling or itchy
Although the above list provides guidance to the more commonly experienced side effects, the list is not exhaustive. Before using your Salamol inhaler, we recommend reading the patient information leaflet located inside your medicine box.
Salamol Warnings and drug interactions
Certain medicines may interfere with how well your Salamol inhaler works.
You should always inform your doctor of any medicines you are already using; this includes prescribed and non-prescribed medicines, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements. Some of these may interfere with the inhaler, which means it may not effectively treat asthma.
You should inform your doctor if you are taking any of these medications:
- Long-term laxatives
- Medication for heart disease (such as digoxin)
- Monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MOAI) antidepressants
The Salamol inhaler must be used as per the prescribed instructions of your doctor. However, patients who have a medical history of high blood pressure, any kind of heart problem, diabetes mellitus and skin reactions must make sure they inform their doctor and pharmacist before they use the inhaler.
Although it does not affect everyone in this way, salbutamol can have the effect of making you feel dizzy or shaky; if you feel this way, you are not advised to operate machinery, drive or cycle until you feel better.
The above list is not exhaustive, you can find more information on salamol drug interactions here.
The main active ingredient within this medicine is: Salbutamol sulfate
For a full list of the inactive ingredients, please read the Summary of Product Characteristics
Medically reviewed by: Hussain Abdeh MPharm: 2211840
Published on: 12/10/2020
Updated on: 21/06/2021
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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