Why would a doctor prescribe Ventolin?

29th October 2019

Ventolin Inhalers, also known as a "ventolin puffer" or "blue inhaler", delivers a dose of salbutamol to the lungs. It relaxes muscles in the airways which allows improved airflow to the lungs. Ventolin is used to treat bronchospasm and narrowing of airways in the lungs. It may be prescribed to people who have asthma or suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

How does Ventolin help asthma?

Asthma is a respiratory condition characterized by spasms in the bronchi of the lungs, which causes difficulty in breathing. Ventolin helps people who suffer from asthma by helping relax the muscles in airways. This allows asthma sufferers the ability to breathe more easily.

What is the price of Ventolin?

What does the blue inhaler cost? The price of Ventolin is currently £7.99 each when buying three at a time here at UK Meds. The price goes up to £11.99 when buying one at a time.

Does Ventolin cure asthma?

While Ventolin can help relieve symptoms of Asthma, it is not considered a cure. Taking Ventolin over time does not reduce the chance of future breathing problems that result from asthma. Asthma is an allergic reaction resulting in restricted airways. It can be caused by things such as pollen, mold, dust mites, pet dander or other airborne substances. Ventolin can temporarily alleviate the symptoms of asthma.

How long does Ventolin last?

A dose of Ventolin can last from 4 to 6 hours. An entire Inhaler will last varying times depending on what volume of doses you are prescribed to take each day. The number of uses should be printed on the side of the bottle, which typically range from 60 to 200 doses.

For example, if your doctor prescribes two doses of Ventolin per day, a 60 dose container should last one month. If you are only taking Ventolin as needed, the Ventolin inhaler may last longer depending on how often your asthma symptoms flare up.

Is it OK to use Ventolin inhalers for coughing?

If you have been diagnosed with asthma and are coughing, Ventolin may suppress the need to cough. However, if Ventolin does not help and the cough worsens, see your doctor immediately. Only use Ventolin as prescribed by a doctor and do not share Ventolin Inhalers with others.

If I am having an asthma attack, can I use my inhaler more often?

In general, you will want to follow your doctor's instructions exactly. However, if you are suffering from an asthma attack and need emergency relief, following is what the Partners Asthma Center has to say:

The situation changes when asthma flares up and you are having an attack. If you have ever been to the Emergency Department of a hospital for your asthma, you know that bronchodilator medications can be given safely as often as every 20 minutes for quick relief of an asthma attack. The same is true at home. If you are having worsened asthma symptoms and need quick relief, you can safely use your inhaler as often as every 30-60 minutes for 2-3 hours without significant risk of harmful side effects. In particular, unless you have a known serious heart condition, there is no danger to your heart when using bronchodilator inhalers with this frequency for a short period of time.

Does Ventolin contain steroids?

No, Ventolin Inhalers (with a main ingredient of salbutamol) does not contain steroids. There is another type of inhaler which provides a dose of "corticosteroids", which are steroid -- but this is not the same as the Ventolin Inhaler, also called the "blue inhaler".

How many puffs on a Ventolin inhaler per day?

It is important that you only use Ventolin as prescribed by your doctor. A typical dose for adults would be up to 2 puffs every 4 to 6 hours as needed. Adults should not exceed 12 puffs per day. For children, typical doses are not recommended to exceed more than 6 puffs every 24 hours. It is possible to overdose on Ventolin, so be certain to follow your doctor's recommendations.

Can you overdose on Ventolin?

Yes, you can overdose when taking Ventolin. An overdose should not occur if you take Ventolin as prescribed by a doctor. Symptoms of a Ventolin overdose are dry mouth, tremors, chest pain, fast heartbeats, nausea, general ill feeling, seizure (convulsions), feeling light-headed or fainting.

What are the common triggers of asthma?

Many people who suffer from asthma have triggers that can cause symptoms of asthma to worsen. Common allergens that can trigger symptoms of asthma include:

  • dust mites
  • animal dander
  • moulds
  • pollen
  • cockroach droppings
  • tobacco smoke
  • air pollution
  • strong odours
  • fumes

Ventolin inhaler side effects

Common side effects of Ventolin include:

  • nervousness
  • shaking (tremors)
  • palpitations
  • headache
  • mouth or throat dryness and irritation
  • cough
  • hoarseness
  • sore throat
  • runny or stuffy nose
  • nausea
  • vomiting
  • dizziness
  • sleep problems
  • muscle pain
  • changes in taste
  • diarrhea

More serious side effects

The following are more serious side effects of taking Ventolin. If you experience any of these conditions, contact your doctor immediately.

  • chest pain
  • irregular heartbeat


In summary, doctors prescribe Ventolin Inhalers for people who suffer symptoms of asthma. While Ventolin does not cure asthma, by taking Ventolin (with the active ingredient of salbutamol), people who suffer from asthma should receive relief from asthma symptoms. Ventolin is relatively inexpensive, with inhalers ranging from £7.99 for a supply of doses which could last one month, depending on how often your doctor has prescribed its use. It is crucial to take this asthma medication only as prescribed, as it is possible to overdose on Ventolin.