Ventolin (Evohaler)

  • Blue Reliever Inhaler 
  • Contains Salbutamol
  • Provides instant relief
  • Relaxes the airways in the event of an asthma attack
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What is a Ventolin (Salbutamol) Inhaler?

A Ventolin Inhaler (Salbutamol) is used to treat Asthma and COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). Ventolin belongs to a group of medicines known as fast acting bronchodilators.

It provides effective short-term relief from the symptoms of asthma. For this reason, it is known as a 'reliever inhaler'.

Salbutamol, when inhaled can provide effective relief from asthma and COPD symptoms such as breathlessness and wheezing. Salbutamol also comes in the form of tablets or a syrup and is ideal for people who struggle to use an inhaler. Salbutamol inhalers are usually blue in colour and are typically used in reliever inhalers.

You can buy a Ventolin inhaler from Medicine Direct following an online consultation with one of our registered doctors, who will prescribe you this medicine if they believe it to be a suitable treatment for you.

If you order before 2pm, we can offer you next day delivery on your medicine.

You can order either 1 inhaler or 2 inhalers at one time.

What is Ventolin used to treat?

The Ventolin inhaler is used as a treatment for asthma; it can prevent asthma symptoms from occurring after you exercise and is a reliable inhaler for if you suffer an asthma attack.

The active ingredient, salbutamol, is a short-acting beta-2-agonist which works to relax the muscles in the airways, helping them to expand.

This active ingredient works by helping the airways to your lungs to stay open, which makes it much easier for air to travel in and out of your lungs, helping you to breathe. Salbutamol also helps to relieve tightness in the chest, wheezing and coughs. It can ease breathing difficulties in just five minutes of your having a dose of the medicine.

Who can use Ventolin inhalers?

A Ventolin inhaler is an effective reliever inhaler for the symptoms of asthma, but it may not be suitable for everyone to use.

Do not use this inhaler if any of the below apply to you:

  • You are allergic to salbutamol sulfate or any of the other ingredients listed in this medicine (please refer to the Ingredients tab for full details)
  • You are pregnant and go into premature labour or threatened abortion

Make sure you speak to your doctor or pharmacist before using a Ventolin inhaler if you suffer from any of the following conditions:

  • You have high blood pressure
  • You have an overactive thyroid gland
  • Your asthma is active
  • You have a history of heart problems, such as angina or an irregular heartbeat

Ventolin common side effects

Like all salbutamol inhalers, Ventolin does come with the risk of side effects, although not everyone who takes it will get them.

Common side effects may affect up to 1 in every 10 people and include:

  • Headaches
  • Feeling shaky

Uncommon reactions may affect up to 1 in every 100 people:

  • Muscle cramps
  • Irritation in the mouth and throat

Speak to your doctor if any of these side effects bother you or do not go away. Do not stop using your inhaler unless your doctor has told you to do so.

Please note, these lists are not exhaustive. For rarer and more serious adverse reactions you may suffer while using a Ventolin inhaler, please refer to the Side Effects tab on this page.

Ventolin Alternatives

There are many different alternatives to a ventolin inhaler, with the majority of reliever inhalers containing the active salbutamol ingredient. Alternatives to a ventolin inhaler include:

Ventolin Dosage

Always use the Ventolin inhaler exactly as instructed by your doctor or pharmacist. Read the patient information leaflet thoroughly.

Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice if you are not sure of how to use the inhaler, although they will normally demonstrate how to use it if this is the first time you have ever been prescribed one.

For adults and children aged 12 years and older:

  • To relieve asthma symptoms, take one or two puffs.
  • To prevent asthma, take two puffs 10-15 minutes before you exercise or do anything that may 'trigger' your asthma.
  • As a regular treatment, take two puffs up to four times a day.
  • Do not take more than 8 puffs in a 24 hour period.

Children under the age of 12 years old

  • To relieve asthma symptoms, take one puff. Take two puffs if needed.
  • To prevent asthma, take one puff 10-15 minutes before you exercise or do anything that may 'trigger' your asthma. Take two puffs if needed.
  • As a regular treatment, take two puffs up to four times a day.
  • Do not take more than 8 puffs in a 24 hour period.

How to use your Ventolin inhaler

Before using your Ventolin inhaler, try to breathe as slowly as possible.

  1. Stand up or sit up straight when you use your inhaler.
  2. Remove the mouthpiece cover and check inside and out to make sure that the mouthpiece is clean.
  3. Shake the inhaler 4 or 5 times; this will remove any loose objects from the inhaler and make sure that the contents are properly mixed together to provide effective treatment.
  4. Hold the inhaler upright and with your thumb on the base. Breathe out as far as you can, without breathing in again.
  5. Insert the mouthpiece into your mouth, between your teeth. Close your lips around the mouthpiece, but do not bite it.
  6. Breathe in through your mouth. Just after you start to breathe in, press down on the top of the canister to release a puff of the medicine. Keep breathing in steadily.
  7. Hold your breath and take the inhaler out of your mouth, with your finger on the top of the canister. Continue to hold your breath for a few seconds afterwards.
  8. If your doctor has instructed you to take two puffs of your inhaler, wait for around 30 seconds before taking a second puff. If you are instructed to take a second puff, repeat steps 3 to 7.
  9. After using your inhaler, replace the mouthpiece cover by clicking it into position, immediately, to keep out dust and dirt.

If a young child needs to use the Ventolin inhaler, they may need a parent to operate it for them. If you do need to operate a Ventolin inhaler for your child, get them to breathe out and apply the inhaler just as they start to breathe in again.

Older children or asthma suffers who have weak hands may find it easier to operate inhalers with both hands. If this is the case, they should place two forefingers on top of the inhaler and both thumbs on the bottom below the mouthpiece.

What if I take more than I am supposed to?

You should seek medical attention as soon as possible if you use the Ventolin inhaler more than you are supposed to.

You may experience the following reactions from using your asthma inhaler too much:

  • You feel shaky
  • Hyperactivity
  • Your heart beats faster than usual

These effects should wear off after a few hours.

What if I forget to take it?

If you accidentally miss a dose of your Ventolin inhaler, just take it as soon as you remember, as long as it is not almost time for your next scheduled dose.

If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the dose you missed and continue to use your asthma inhaler as usual.

Do not take a double dose of Ventolin to try and make up for missing a previous dose.

What if I stop taking it?

Do not stop taking any asthma inhaler without speaking to your doctor first.

Ventolin FAQ's

What is the difference between reliever and preventer inhalers?

A reliever inhaler, such as Ventolin, works to dilate the airways by relaxing the muscles surrounding them. Steroid inhalers, often known as 'preventers', work by reducing inflammation. Preventers are so called because they are used regularly to help to prevent you from suffering an asthma attack. Preventer inhalers such as Clenil Modulite are normally brown, while reliever inhalers are usually blue, like Ventolin. Everyone who suffers from asthma should have a reliever inhaler, but people who have mild cases of asthma may not need to use a preventer.

How do I buy Ventolin inhalers online?

This inhaler can only be bought when you have a prescription from a doctor. Following an online consultation, one of our registered doctors can prescribe Ventolin if they believe it a suitable treatment for your asthma symptoms. You can then buy it from our online pharmacy. Order before 2pm and we can offer you next day delivery. You can either buy 1 inhaler or 2 inhalers at one time.

Is Ventolin available for next day delivery?

Yes, if you order from Medicine Direct before 2pm, we can offer you next day delivery on your salbutamol inhaler.

Is it safe to buy a Ventolin inhaler online?

Yes, it is safe to buy this medication online, as long as it is from a UK registered pharmacy that is legally registered to sell medicine from their website. Never buy any form of medicine online unless it is from a pharmacy that is registered with the General Pharmaceutical Council (GPC), like Medicine Direct. All of our doctors are registered with the General Medical Council (GMC), which means they can legally prescribe medicine, just like your local GP.

How many puffs of Ventolin is safe?

You should not take more than 8 puffs from this inhaler in a single 24 hour period.

This may result in you overdosing on salbutamol, which can result in the following side effects:

  • You feel shaky
  • Hyperactivity
  • Your heart beats faster than usual

Seek medical attention as soon as possible if you take too many puffs or exhibit any of the above symptoms.

Ventolin Serious Side Effects

The more common adverse effects you may suffer while using a Ventolin inhaler can be found on the main page.

Seek medical attention if you experience any of the following.

Rarer side effects may affect up to 1 in every 1,000 people:

  • Low levels of potassium in your blood
  • An increase in blood flow to your extremities

Very rare side effects may affect up to 1 in every 10,000 people:

  • Changes in your sleeping pattern
  • Behavioural changes, such as feeling restless or excitable

It is not known how frequently these side effects may occur, but people who use Ventolin inhalers may also experience chest pain as a result of heart problems. Speak to your doctor if this occurs, but do not stop using your inhaler.

Serious allergic reaction

In rare cases, it is possible that you may experience a serious allergic reaction to Ventolin. If you exhibit any of the following symptoms, you should either call 999 or go to A&E straight away; you may require immediate treatment in hospital:

  • You are wheezing
  • You have tightness in your chest or throat
  • You are finding it difficult to breathe or speak
  • You have a skin rash that is red, itchy, swollen, blistered or peeling skin
  • You have swelling in your mouth, face, throat, lips, or tongue
  • You feel faint, light-headed, or collapse

Please note that the above lists may not be exhaustive. Always read the patient information leaflet for a comprehensive list of side effect symptoms you may suffer while using Ventolin.

If you have any questions or concerns, we strongly advise you to discuss these with your doctor or pharmacist.

Ventolin Warnings and drug interactions

preventer inhalers such as Clenil Modulite

Ventolin may interact with other medicines you are taking at the same time.

Before you start to use an asthma inhaler such as Ventolin, it is very important that you inform your doctor and pharmacist if you are already using any other treatment, either for asthma or any other condition. This includes both prescription and non-prescription medicine, herbal remedies, vitamins and supplements.

In particular, your doctor should be aware if you are currently taking or have recently taken any of the following:

  • Xanthine derivatives or steroids to treat asthma
  • Any water tablets (diuretics), which are sometimes prescribed as a treatment for high blood pressure or a heart problem
  • Any other medicines to treat asthma symptoms
  • Any medicines for an irregular heartbeat or a fast heartbeat

If you are unsure as to whether a salbutamol inhaler like Ventolin is suitable for you to use, please do not hesitate to discuss your concerns with your doctor.

Pregnancy and breastfeeding

You should inform your doctor before using a Ventolin inhaler if you are currently pregnant, think you might be pregnant, or are trying to get pregnant.

You should also make sure they are aware if you are currently breastfeeding.

Ventolin Ingredients

The active ingredient in Ventolin is salbutamol sulfate.

The other ingredient is the propellant HFA 134a.

Do not use this medication if you are allergic to salbutamol sulfate or the propellant ingredient without speaking to a doctor.

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