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Ventolin, Salbutamol and Inhalers

14th October 2019

Do you have problems breathing? Perhaps you have a persistent cough. You may have seen people use an inhaler and wonder if this type of medication can help you. What is the best medicine to help your situation? Below we have answers to your questions. The blue inhaler is called Ventolin. This drug helps millions of people who have problems breathing. Its generic name is Salbutamol. It comes as a liquid, and also as an inhaler.

Do I have asthma?

The symptoms of asthma are shortness of breath, coughing or wheezing. Asthma can cause a whistling or wheezing sound as you breathe, which is more common in children. To confirm whether you have asthma, you will want a diagnosis from a healthcare provider. If you are found to have Asthma, Ventolin will be the prescribed solution.

What is Ventolin used for?

Ventolin is a bronchodilator used to treat or prevent bronchospasm. This is a fancy way of referring to the tightening of the muscles that line the airways in your lungs. Symptoms of bronchospasm include pain, tightness and feeling a constriction in the chest and back. It makes it difficult to get enough air for breathing. Ventolin treats bronchial spasms.

How many puffs of Ventolin is safe?

The usual way an inhaler is used is one to two puffs when you need it, but no more than a maximum of four puffs in 24 hours. The maximum puffs is four, regardless of whether you are taking one or two puffs per use. Your doctor may have different instructions for your situation.

How long does it take Ventolin to work?

The benefits of using an inhaler are nearly instant. The dose should typically last for around five hours. After 5 to 15 minutes, you should be breathing much easier. If the inhaler does not work within this timeframe, be certain to tell your doctor.

What is the difference between Ventolin and Salbutamol?

They are essentially the same drug. A Ventolin inhaler is asthma medication designed to give a dose of 100 micrograms of Salbutamol. Any method or product used that delivers 100 micrograms of Salbutamol per does is technically the same as Ventolin. While inhalers may differ in appearance, they all typically work the same way.

Can I use Ventolin for a cough?

Asthma inhalers such as Ventolin soothe airways, which suppresses the need to cough. Ventolin, the brand name of generic Salbutamol, is often prescribed for a persistent cough. If you have a cough that will not go away, ask your doctor if Ventolin will help.

What does Ventolin syrup treat?

Ventolin (Salbutamol) is often delivered through an aerosol pump directly into the lungs. This offers quick relief for those who suffer from difficult bronchospasms. Salbutamol is sometimes given as tablets, capsules or syrup for people who can't use an inhaler very well. There is a liquid form of Salbutamol. While the method of delivery is not as effective as an inhaler can be, it is much cheaper and can be effective as an expectorant. A doctor may prescribe liquid instead of an inhaler if your symptoms are not as severe and the cost is an issue.

How do I use a Ventolin inhaler?

Before you use an inhaler, you must prime it. This will make certain that you receive the right dose when you breathe it in. To prime the inhaler, follow the instructions below.

Before the Inhaler is Primed:

  • Take the cap off and shake it.
  • Aim the inhaler away from your face and press down fully twice, releasing two sprays.
  • If you have not used the inhaler in the last 5 days, repeat this process.

After the Inhaler is Primed:

  • Stand in an upright position.
  • Remove the mouthpiece and check that the inhaler is free from objects or dust particles
  • Shake the inhaler 4 to 5 times, ensuring any loose objects are removed and the medicine is mixed evenly.
  • Place your thumb on the base of the inhaler and index finger at the top of the canister.
  • Breathe out gently and hold.
  • Place the mouthpiece of the inhaler in your mouth, between your teeth. Make a tight seal around it with your lips. Do not bite.
  • Breathe in with your mouth, with lips still sealed tightly around the mouthpiece. As you begin to breathe in, press the top of the canister with your finger.
  • Breathe in gently and deeply.
  • If you were instructed to use two sprays, repeat the above steps after 30 seconds.
  • When finished, place the cap over the mouthpiece until it clicks in place.

Getting the most from your Ventolin inhaler

Make sure you breathe all the way out before you use Ventolin. This creates space in your lungs to hold the air mixed with Ventolin as you use the inhaler. Breathe in deeply and slowly, as this gives your lungs the greatest exposure to the Salbutamol. Follow the instructions given above, as it will ensure you get the proper dose of medication.

Ventolin side effects

While side effects are not very common, more than 1 in 100 people experience the following side effects when they take Salbutamol:

  • A feeling of shakiness.
  • Heartbeat racing (but no chest pain).
  • Headaches.
  • Muscle cramps.

These are not serious side effects and should get better after your body gets used to Salbutamol.

There are other side effects that rarely happen. Make sure you contact your doctor if you experience any of the following symptoms after using Ventolin:

  • Muscle pain that feels more serious than a cramp.
  • Very bad dizziness or passing out.
  • Chest pain that accompanies a fast heartbeat.
  • A very bad headache.

Where can I buy Ventolin inhalers online?

You can buy Ventolin here at UK Meds. We have the "blue inhaler", also known as the Ventolin Evohaler. It delivers 100mg of Salbutamol per dose. They are currently available for as little as £11.99 each, up to 3 for £23.99.