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Ventolin asthma inhaler is typically used to relieve asthma attacks or when the patient is experiencing difficulty in breathing. It contains the active ingredient Salbutamol which is fast-acting and is effective for treating symptoms of the respiratory condition asthma and other similar chronic conditions such as COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease). When inhaled, the drug relaxes the airways of the lungs which allows the person to breathe easier thus alleviating an acute asthmatic episode.
- Fast acting relief from breathing problems
- Opens breathing passages
- Used to treat asthma and COPD
- Genuine medication
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Summary of Ventolin (Salbutamol)
|Type of drug||Bronchodilators|
|Health conditions prescribed for||Asthma / COPD (Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease)|
|Available strengths||100mcg, 200mcg|
|Possible side effects||Headache, faster heartbeat for a short period of time (without chest pain), shaking|
|Patient Information Leaflet||For more information on the medication please refer to the patient information leaflet for the Ventolin Accuhaler and Ventolin Evohaler.|
Where to buy Ventolin online?
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You can buy the blue inhaler from UK Meds. We have overnight shipping of Ventolin most days of the week. If you have a prescription for a Ventolin asthma inhaler, we can fulfil it for you. If you do not, our prescriber service can get you started in the right direction. If you are from Germany and wish to purchase a ventolin inhaler, please visit Deutsche Medz.
When the prescription calls for more than one inhalation at a time, you should wait for about one minute before using the second inhalation and remember to shake the inhaler again.
It is important to keep your inhaler dry and clean all the time. Store with the mouthpiece cap. The inhaler must be cleaned at least every week. Remove the canister from the Ventolin inhaler and let warm water run on it for about half a minute. Shake the canister to remove excess water and let it air dry completely before putting the inhaler back together.
Can I get Ventolin on subscription?
Yes, you can get Ventolin on a subscription from UK Meds. By getting your medication on a subscription you can rest assured that you will get it when you need it, whilst also saving money. It’s a win-win!
Google Web Story: Getting Ventolin on a Subscription
Below you'll find a Google Web Story by UK Meds explaining various factors relating to buying asthma treatment Ventolin (salbutamol) on a subscription online:
Is it legal to buy Ventolin Inhaler online?
Yes, it is legal to purchase a Ventolin Inhaler online when shopping online with UK Meds. All of the medication we provide is 100% genuine and is dispensed by registered UK pharmacies. For prescription-only medications, you will need to complete our free online consultation form to ensure that a Ventolin Inhaler is right for you.
Can you buy a Ventolin inhaler over the counter?
No, a Ventolin inhaler is prescription only medicine (POM) (NHS, 2021). In order to get the blue inhaler you will need a prescription. If your doctor or GP has recommended Ventolin (salbutamol) as a treatment for you, you can obtain a prescription for the medication by completing our online consultation, providing that it it approved by our independent pharmacist prescriber. If your prescription is approved, you can buy Ventolin online conveniently at UK Meds, with a range of payment options and delivery options to suit your needs.
Can I get a Ventolin Inhaler at Boots?
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At the time of writing, Ventolin inhalers are available at Boots. However, should you wish to purchase Ventolin inhalers at a better price, you can do so at UK Meds. Additionally, if you would like to purchase more than one Ventolin inhaler, you can benefit from further savings at UK Meds.
Can I get a Ventolin Inhaler at Amazon?
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At the time of writing, Ventolin inhalers are not available at Amazon. However, should you wish to purchase Ventolin inhalers, you can do so at UK Meds. Additionally, if you would like to purchase more than one Ventolin inhaler, you can benefit from further savings at UK Meds.
Can I get a Ventolin Inhaler at Tesco?
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At the time of writing, Ventolin inhalers are not available at Tesco. However, should you wish to purchase Ventolin inhalers, you can do so at UK Meds. Additionally, if you would like to purchase more than one Ventolin inhaler, you can benefit from further savings at UK Meds.
Can I get a Ventolin Inhaler at Asda?
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At the time of writing, Ventolin inhalers are available at Asda. However, should you wish to purchase Ventolin inhalers at a better price, you can do so at UK Meds. Additionally, if you would like to purchase more than one Ventolin inhaler, you can benefit from further savings at UK Meds.
Can I get a Ventolin Inhaler at Superdrug?
At the time of writing, Ventolin inhalers are available at Superdrug. However, should you wish to purchase Ventolin inhalers at a better price, you can do so at UK Meds. Additionally, if you would like to purchase more than one Ventolin inhaler, you can benefit from further savings at UK Meds.
What is Ventolin?
What is Ventolin? Ventolin is a blue inhaler that contains the ingredient Salbutamol. It works by opening up the airways, relieving the symptoms of asthma such as breathlessness, wheeze or a tight chest. It is therefore known as a "reliever".
Ventolin contains the active ingredient Salbutamol Sulphate and is used in the treatment of Asthma. It is the common blue reliever inhaler used by asthma sufferers. The Evohaler contains 100ug of Salbutamol, a quick-acting drug that helps stops an asthma attack when it occurs.
Ventolin inhalers belong to the class of short-acting bronchodilators that help people with a breathing problem open up airways for immediate relief from shortness of breath or wheezing. It is referred to as rescue inhaler because it can immediately stop asthma attacks.
Video: An overview of Ventolin
The video below provides a simple explanation of Ventolin (salbutamol), the bronchodilator drug, commonly prescribed as a treatment for breathing conditions such as asthma and COPD. It explains what it is used for and how it works:
Patient Information Leaflet
Google Web Story: A-Z Guide to Ventolin
UK Meds have created a Google Web Story to explain all of the terminology related to the asthma treatment, Ventolin (salbutamol) which you can view below:
What experiences have Ventolin (Salbutamol) users had?
Every asthma / COPD patient has different symptoms and a unique individual experience when taking Ventolin (Salbutamol) as a treatment.
You must speak to a doctor or your healthcare provider before taking Ventolin. They will assess your suitability for the asthma medication and whether your health condition requires an alternative treatment.
What is a Ventolin Inhaler?
It is a bronchodilator that is usually prescribed to patients with asthma and other breathing problems. These asthma inhalers are typically used only as needed, unlike long-acting bronchodilators that are used every day in controlling asthma and providing relief to other breathing difficulties.
How does a Ventolin inhaler work?
Ventolin, just like other bronchodilators, works by relaxing the lung muscles to allow the airways to widen and make breathing a lot easier. It can also help clear mucus and reduce the inflammation in the lungs.
Using it can relieve the symptoms of asthma and other breathing problems. Its use can also prevent the onset of asthma for patients who are involved in physical activities that normally trigger asthma attacks. It must be used only when prescribed by a doctor.
How long does it take Ventolin to work?
How do I use a ventolin inhaler?
Use a Ventolin inhaler according to the instructions of your doctor who prescribed it. Do not increase or decrease the dosage or use it longer than what is recommended by the doctor. Users must follow exactly the instructions on the prescription label. You should use it only according to the prescribed dose. If you have your doubts about using this medication or the correct inhaler technique, discuss it with your doctor, asthma nurse or healthcare provider.
It can be used either by an inhaler or a nebuliser device. The choice of which device to be used will depend on your doctor. Do not use without the inhaler because it will be difficult to get the correct dose.
Instructions for using your Ventolin Evohaler inhaler
Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust (2023) have put together a helpful set of instructions describing how to use a metered dose inhaler, summarised below.
When using a metered dose inhaler (e.g. Ventolin Evohaler):
- Shake the canister well before each spray
- Remove the cap off the mouthpiece of the inhaler
- Breathe out before putting the mouthpiece into your mouth and closing your lips
- Breathe in slowly as you push down on the canister
- Put your breathing on hold for about 10 seconds then breathe out slowly.
Video: How to use a pMDI inhaler
In the video below Asthma + Lung UK explain exactly how to use a Ventolin Evohaler, a form of pMDI (pressurised metered dose inhaler):
Instructions for using your Ventolin Accuhaler inhaler
Milton Keynes University Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (2021) have put together a helpful set of instructions describing how to use an acculhaler inhaler, summarised below.
To use an accuhaler inhaler (e.g. Ventolin Accuhaler) follow these steps:
- Hold the outer casing of the Accuhaler in one hand and push the thumb grip away until you hear a click. This opens the Accuhaler.
- Then, hold it horizontally with the mouthpiece facing you and slide the lever away until it clicks. This makes the dose available for inhalation and moves the dose counter on.
- Gently breathe out away from the Accuhaler to create space in your lungs.
- Place the mouthpiece in your mouth and form a tight seal with your lips.
- Inhale quickly and deeply, filling your lungs. It's important to inhale faster than with a Metered Dose Inhaler (MDI).
- After inhaling, remove the Accuhaler from your mouth and hold your breath for 10 seconds or as long as possible. Then, breathe out slowly.
- Slide the thumb grip back towards you until it clicks to close the casing unit. This primes the Accuhaler for your next dose.
- If a second dose is needed, repeat steps outline above.
Breathe out then breathe in:
Remember, the dose counter on the Accuhaler counts down from 60 to 0, with the last 5 numbers shown in red.
Video: How to use a Accuhaler inhaler
Asthma + Lung UK describe exactly how to use a Ventolin Accuhaler (a form of accuhaler inhaler) in the video below:
How do I clean a Ventolin Evohaler inhaler?
To clean your Ventolin Evohaler, follow these steps:
- Remove the metal canister from the plastic inhaler unit. Do not put the canister in water.
- Take off the plastic mouthpiece cover.
- Rinse both the plastic parts under warm, running water for at least 30 seconds. Ensure water runs through the mouthpiece and the inhaler unit.
- Shake off excess water and allow the plastic parts to dry completely, ideally overnight.
- Once the mouthpiece is dry, reinsert the canister and place the mouthpiece cover back on.
- Remember not to put the metal canister in water.
Cleaning your inhaler regularly is crucial to prevent blockages and ensure proper functionality.
Source: EMC (2023)
What is the dosage for Ventolin?
Ventolin is for inhalation use only. When used to treat or prevent bronchospasm in adults and children over 4 years old, It is to be inhaled every four or six hours. Some patients require only one inhalation every four hours. When used to prevent exercise-induced bronchospasm among adults and children over four years old, It is to be inhaled twice fifteen or thirty minutes before the exercise.
Ventolin needs to be primed before using it for the first time, before using when the inhaler after it was not used for more than two weeks, or when the inhaler is accidentally dropped. Priming is done by releasing four sprays into the air, away from the face of the user, shaking well the canister before each spray. It must be used as prescribed by the doctor. Use it according to the doctor’s schedule. If you miss a dose, you should take it the moment you remember. If the schedule of the next dose is close, skip the missed dose and proceed to your regular schedule. Do not take twice the dose to make up for the skipped dose.
Only the person to whom it is prescribed by the doctor must use the inhaler. It must not be shared or offered for use with others. While using, it is important that a patient avoid exposures to allergens or irritants such as pollen, pet dander, moulds, dust, or smoke that may make the breathing problems worse.
What side effects can Ventolin (salbutamol) have?
Ventolin may occasionally result in side effects (NHS, 2021). It is important to be aware of them. These side effects do not affect all patients or affect everyone in the same way.
Common Side Effects of Ventolin include:
- Headaches (Rodrigo & Rodrigo, 1996; Cekici et al, 2009)
- Sensation of shakiness (Zheng & Yadav, 2021; Marques & Vale, 2022; Nizet et al, 2004)
- Increased heart rate (Cekici et al, 2009; Syed et al, 2021; Fowler & Lipworth, 2001)
Uncommon Side Effects of Ventolin include:
- Muscle cramps (Hellier et al, 2002; Asthma.net, 2023)
- Irritation in the mouth and throat (NHS, 2023; Asthma.net, 2023)
Rare Side Effects of Ventolin include:
- Decreased potassium levels in your blood (Montoliu et al, 1987)
- Enhanced blood circulation to the arms and legs (Moore et al, 2019)
If you experience any of these side effects while using Ventolin and find them uncomfortable or distressing, you should always consult your doctor, asthma nurse or healthcare provider as soon as possible.
If you experience the following side effects, consult your doctor, asthma nurse or healthcare providers as soon as possible:
What warnings & precautions does Ventolin come with?
Like all medications, Ventolin may not be suitable for everyone. If you believe you might be in this category, it's essential to have a conversation with your doctor about your options.
Ventolin inhalers may not be appropriate for individuals with allergies to any of the listed ingredients in the inhaler, and it's important to note that those with lactose intolerance should only consider the Accuhaler version.
It's crucial to provide your doctor with a comprehensive overview of your medical history and current medications. This information is necessary for those with:
- High blood pressure (Weber, C.; 2021)
- Hyperthyroidism (an overactive thyroid) (Harrison & Tattersfield, 1984)
- A history of heart problems or a heart condition, such as angina or arrhythmia (Syed et al, 2021)
- The use of specific other asthma treatments (due to how salbumatol interacts with them) (Marques & Vale, 2022; WebMD, 2023; Smyth et al, 1993)
- The use of other medications that can lead to an irregular or fast heartbeat (NHS, 2021; Cambridge University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust, 2020)
Please make sure to communicate these factors to your doctor for a thorough discussion before considering Ventolin as your treatment option.
Is it safe to use Ventolin if you are pregnant?
It is important to consult with your doctor or healthcare provider before using Ventolin if you are pregnant, think you may be pregnant, or are planning to have a baby. They will be able to provide you with the best advice specific to your situation.
Is it safe to use Ventolin if you are breastfeeding?
It is important to consult with your doctor or healthcare provider before using Ventolin if you are breastfeeding. They will be able to provide you with the best advice specific to your situation.
Frequently Asked Questions
Can I buy a Ventolin inhaler from the chemist?
Because Ventolin is a prescription only medication (POM) (NHS, 2021), you will need a prescription to get the blue inhaler from a chemist. Alternatively, provided you have been recommended Ventolin (salbutamol) as a treatment by your doctor or healthcare provider, you can obtain a prescription for the medication and buy it online at UK Meds, if your online consultation is approved by our independent pharmacist prescriber.
Can I get a Ventolin inhaler over the counter UK?
Ventolin cannot be purchased over the counter in the UK. This is because it is a prescription only medication (NHS, 2021). If your doctor has recommended Ventolin as a treatment for you and you require a prescription for it, simply complete our online consultation. If it is approved by our independent pharmacist prescriber, your prescription will be issued and your medication will be dispensed.
Is Ventolin only available on prescription?
Yes. Ventolin is a prescription-only medicine containing the active ingredient salbutamol (a type of bronchodilator) (NHS, 2021). Should you wish to order Ventolin and require a prescription to buy salbutamol, simply complete our online consultation. If approved by our independent pharmacist prescriber, your prescription will be issued and your medication will be dispensed. Always consult your doctor or healthcare provider before you buy salbutamol or any other medication as they can ensure that it is safe and suitable to your individual needs.
How long should a Ventolin inhaler last?
How long a Ventolin inhaler lasts will vary depending on the severity of a patient's asthma and how well the condition is controlled. Ventolin inhalers used for well controlled, mild asthma, might last up to a few months, whereas asthma sufferers with more severe asthma will find that their inhaler only lasts a few weeks (Beat Asthma, 2022; NHS Grampian, 2023). How your inhaler is stored and it's expiration date will also affect how long it lasts for you (Bass, P., 2021; Healthline, 2023).
Your doctor or healthcare professional will be able to advise you on the appropriate dosage of Ventolin (salbutamol) to treat your individual case of asthma.
Is Ventolin a steroid inhaler?
No, Ventolin is not a steroid inhaler. It is a reliever inhaler that contains salbutamol, a short-acting substance that helps to open up the airways (Drugs.com, 2022). Steroid inhalers, on the other hand, are known as preventer inhalers and contain corticosteroids (NHS, 2023). A preventer inhaler is used to manage asthma symptoms over a longer period of time (NHS, 2021). A Pulmicort Turbohaler is an example of a corticosteroid inhaler / preventer inhaler.
A combination inhaler is also available. These asthma inhalers combine two kinds of medicine into one device, a corticosteroid preventer and a long-acting bronchodilator (Asthma + Lung UK, 2021). The preventer medicine will reduce the inflammation in your airways and the long-acting bronchodilator medicine simultaneously provides ongoing relief from typical asthma symptoms such as breathlessness and a tight chest. Examples of a combination inhaler device include Seretide, Symbicort and Fostair.
Your doctor, asthma nurse or healthcare professional can advise you on which medication is the best form of treatment for your individual case of asthma, whether that is a reliever inhaler, a preventer inhaler, a combination inhaler or any other asthma treatment.
How many puffs of Ventolin is safe?
Typically for adults & adolescents (12 years and over):
- 1-2 puffs - to relieve asthma
- 2 puffs (10-15 minutes prior to exercising or exposure to an asthma trigger) - to prevent asthma
- 2 puffs (up to 4 times a day) - for regular treatment
- 8 puffs (the maximum dose in a 24 hour period)
Typically for children under 12 years old:
- 1 puff (2 puffs if required) - to relieve asthma
- 1 puff (10-15 minutes prior to exercising or exposure to an asthma trigger) - to prevent asthma
- 2 puffs (up to 4 times a day) - for regular treatment
- 8 puffs (the maximum dose in a 24 hour period)
The above information is not a substitute for professional medical advice. Consult your doctor or healthcare provider if you find you require your inhaler more frequently for your own or your childs asthma.
What is the Blue Asthma Inhaler?
The Ventolin inhaler comes in a blue case. Many people call it the "blue inhaler" for asthma. If you are searching for the blue asthma inhaler, we have it here at UK Meds. We can overnight ship Ventolin most nights of the week.
What is Ventolin Evohaler?
Ventolin Evohaler is a brand of the familiar blue inhaler used for asthma relief. Ventolin inhalers contain the active ingredient salbutamol. These asthma inhalers relieve the tightness in the chest caused by asthma.
One or two puffs will usually relieve chest tightness for up to 6 hours. The onset of action of inhaled salbutamol is almost immediate.
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What is the difference between the Ventolin Evohaler and Ventolin Accuhaler?
Whilst the Ventolin Evohaler and Ventolin Accuhaler are both used to treat asthma there are differences in factors such as the available strengths, quantities, and delivery frequencies.
The Ventolin Accuhaler contains a combination of 200 micrograms of microfine salbutamol (as sulfate) and larger particle lactose (EMC, 2023). In comparison, the Ventolin Evohaler contains 100 micrograms of salbutamol (as Salbutamol Sulfate BP) per actuation and a new propellant (HFA 134a) with no chlorofluorocarbons (EMC, 2023).
What is the blue inhaler?
The blue inhaler is also known as the reliever inhaler and is for immediate rescue when you are experiencing symptoms, such as chest tightness or shortness of breath.
It contains a short acting bronchodilator known as salbutamol; which quickly opens the airways during an asthma attack. The drug acts to relax the muscles around the airways, allowing them to open up and make it easier to breathe for instant relief of symptoms.
How Does Ventolin Work?
Ventolin works by relaxing the muscles in the walls of the small airways in the lungs. This helps to open up the airways and make breathing easier. Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles.
What is Inhaled Salbutamol?
Salbutamol is used to relieve symptoms of asthma and COPD such as coughing, wheezing and feeling breathless. It works by relaxing the muscles of the airways into the lungs, which makes it easier to breathe. Salbutamol comes in an inhaler (puffer). Salbutamol inhalers are usually blue.
What is an Albuterol inhaler?
Ventolin Evohaler is also called Salbutamol, the "blue inhaler", and Albuterol. They contain the active ingredient salbutamol. They can relieve the symptoms caused by asthma, such as tightness in the chest.
Inhaled salbutamol is an 'as required' treatment. Reliever inhalers are used only when symptoms are present. Most patients use their reliever inhaler only occasionally. When asthma is well controlled there is usually little need for reliever inhalers such as salbutamol.
What is a Ventolin HFA Inhaler?
Ventolin HFA inhalers are an asthma inhaler, which relieves acute symptoms of asthma. The inhaler contains salbutamol, an active ingredient which reduces the constriction in your airways which causes asthma.
VENTOLIN HFA is an albuterol inhaler that helps relieve bronchospasm and its symptoms. VENTOLIN HFA acts within minutes, and symptom relief should last 4 to 6 hours. Albuterol treats bronchospasm by quickly opening the airways within your lungs to ease breathing during an asthma attack.
What is the Blue Asthma Inhaler?
Ventolin is a blue inhaler that contains the ingredient Salbutamol. Ventolin inhalers work by opening up the airways, relieving the symptoms of asthma such as breathlessness, wheeze or a tight chest. They are therefore known as "relievers". You can buy a ventolin inhaler here at UK Meds.
What are Salbutamol Inhalers?
The active ingredient in the Ventolin inhaler is a substance called salbutamol, which is also sold as a generic medication (which means that it is sold under the name “salbutamol” rather than a brand name).
It is inhaled directly into the lungs and it helps reduce asthma symptoms within five to twenty minutes of inhalation. Salbutamol relaxes the muscles in your airways and opens your airways up, making it easier for you to breathe.
You need to use the Ventolin inhaler when you experience symptoms such as breathing problems, but you can also use it when you know you will be exposed to asthma triggers. This can be the case if you know you will be exposed to something which triggers your allergic asthma (for example animal hair, dust or pollen). People who suffer from exercise-induced asthma can use a salbutamol inhaler like Ventolin before sport, to prevent symptoms.
The standard dose of salbutamol for relieving symptoms consists of 1-2 puffs (which contains 100-200 micrograms salbutamol).
What is the difference between Ventolin and Salamol inhaler?
Ventolin and a Salamol inhaler are both used to treat asthma and other respiratory conditions. The main difference is that Ventolin is the original branded version of the inhaler, while a Salamol inhaler is a generic version. Both inhalers contain the same active ingredient, Salbutamol.
Google Web Story: Ventolin, Salbutamol and Inhalers Explained
The Google Web Story by UK Meds provided below explains Ventolin inhalers, the active ingredient Salbutamol and common questions that users ask about the popular asthma treatment:
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"Can asthma go away?". It's a question that the UK Meds team get asked regularly by our asthma patients. Our blog answers the question of whether asthma will go away completely without any medical intervention.
Google Web Story: Can Asthma Go Away
In addition, UK Meds have created a Google Web Story that explains if asthma can go away permanently. You can view it below:
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