Ventolin Asthma Inhaler is the most commonly prescribed Salbutamol Inhaler used for the treatment of Asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). It is typically used to alleviate the difficulties experienced breathing when suffering from an Asthma attack. When inhaled the drug relaxes the airwaves in the body making the flow of air pass through the body more freely.
What is a Ventolin Inhaler (Salbutamol)?
Salbutamol is the active ingredient used to provide effective relief for symptoms of asthma and COPD. Salbutamol can come in many different forms, most commonly an inhaler however it is also available in tablet, capsules and syrup form, specifically for individuals that can no use an inhaler.
Ventolin inhaler refers to a strong case carrying salbutamol in gaseous form to treat asthma. Asthma is a disease that narrows down breathing tracks causing breathing problems in a sufferer. The disease is long-term and includes a series of off and on happenings such as chest tightness, wheezing and coughing.
Salbutamol is a medicine made in order to relax muscles involved in breathing tracks conclusively allowing the air to pass in and out of the body.
The inhaler is usually advised to the patients in later stages of asthma where they must be careful while using it. Salbutamol is considered to be the most commonly used medicine to treat asthma around the globe; it is present in different potencies such as 100 mcg however its usage depends upon strength of the disease. In order to avoid hazardous consequences one must seek advice from the doctors before use.
What does a Ventolin Inhaler do?
A Ventolin inhaler is then most commonly prescribed reliever inhaler and is used to relieve the symptoms of asthma and asthma attacks. Ventolin is very fast acting and works by getting medication directly to your lungs when your asthma has been triggered; causing the muscles surrounding the airways to relax. As a result, the airways become wider allowing air to pass through them more freely.
For individuals that only experience mild symptoms, for example when their symptoms are brought on by a known asthma trigger, a reliever inhaler is the ideal type of inhaler as this can be taken when you start to experience the symptoms.
Anyone that has been diagnosed with Asthma should keep their reliever inhaler on them at all time as they can also help prevent asthma attacks which tent to come on quite suddenly.
How to use a Ventolin inhaler
It is important that you are using the correct technique when it comes to using your inhaler to ensure that you are getting the full benefit. If you are not using your inhaler correctly, this can mean that very small amounts of the medicine will reach your lungs and your symptoms may not be helped when you need it.
We recommend always reading the manufacturers guidelines which you can find inside the inhaler box. As salbutamol inhalers are available in a number of different brands, it is important to familiarise yourself with the manufacturers guidelines and recommendations. Keeping your inhaler clean is also very important as this can prevent you from inhaling other forms of bacteria which may also trigger your symptoms.
By using your inhaler correctly you will ensure that your lungs are receiving the correct dosage of Salbutamol when needed. You should also arrange to have your inhaler technique checked regularly by your doctor or GP.
You can also watch a number of online "how to" videos to ensure you are using your inhaler correctly.
When to use a Ventolin Inhaler
You should only use your Salbutamol inhaler when you need it, when symptoms begin to occur. Symptoms that may prompt your to use your inhaler are likely to be coughing, chest tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing. For individuals that know what triggers their asthma, you should prepare to take your inhaler when needed to prevent symptoms occurring. Being able to identify your asthma triggers will help to keep control of your symptoms, for example if you know that cold weather triggers asthma symptoms, you should be prepared especially in the winter months to carry your inhaler on you at all times.
For Normal Use
In order to keep breath normal and avoid any breathing problems patients are advised to take:
- 1 or 2 puffs of salbutamol as and when it is needed
- Do not exceed using your inhaler more than 4 times in a 24 hour period.
Salbutamol can also be taken before breathing difficulties and symptoms occur. For example, If you are likely to come into contact with a known asthma trigger, it is recommended to take one or two puffs of your salbutamol inhaler before. Asthma triggers can range from Pollen and in rarer cases Thunderstorms.
What if i take too much?
For individuals that are overly reliant on their Ventolin inhaler and using this more than 4 times in 24 hours, it may mean that your doctor or GP will prescribe you with a different type of inhaler. There is also the risk of experiencing a number of side effects such as increased heart rate, nervousness and headaches if you are using your inhaler too often. Side effect can usually subside within 30 minutes.
Things to consider before you buy Ventolin Inhaler
Ventolin Inhalers must be used as per the prescribed advises of doctor. However, patients having a medical history of blood pressure concerns, any kind of heart problem, diabetes mellitus and skin reactions must take a great care before using the medicine. In case of any issues caused by the intake of this medicine doctor must be immediately informed. Intake of this medicine should be avoided during pregnancy or else special care should be taken while consuming the dose while whole pregnancy period
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- A fast heart rate (tachycardia)
- An irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
- Other types of heart disease, including congestive heart failure
- An overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Ventolin during Pregnancy
Salbutamol is safe for use during pregnancy. If you suffer from asthma and have recently become pregnant you should discuss this with your doctor or pharmacist. As salbutamol is generally safe for use during pregnancy, it is likely that your doctor will keep your treatment plan the same throughout your pregnancy.
It is far more of a risk for pregnant women to suffer a serious asthma attack as this can prevent oxygen from reaching your baby. Salbutamol based inhalers will still be recommended during pregnancy if you have a history of asthma attacks and symptoms.
Ventolin during breastfeeding
It is safe to continue using your Ventolin inhaler during pregnancy. Although salbutamol can pass into the milk supply, the amount is so small that it is unlikely to cause any harm to the baby.
Side effects of Ventolin Inhalers
Incorrect usage of the tablet can lead to hazardous consequences such as:
- Sleep problems (insomnia);
- Sore throat;
- Runny or stuffy nose;
- Mild nausea;
- Dry mouth and throat;
- Muscle pain;
- You develop a skin rash that may be itchy, red, swollen or start peeling the skin
- Wheezing continues
- Tightness in the chest or throat
- Trouble breathing and talking
- Your tongue, face, lips, mouth or throat start to swell
Ventolin (Salbutamol) Drug Interactions
If you are taking any other medications, it is possible that these may affect the way Ventolin works.
Please inform your doctor if you are taking any other medications. There are currently no known drug interactions with Ventolin. However we always recommend telling your doctor if you are taking any other medication, vitamins, supplements or herbal remedies.
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