What is Salamol?
Salamol contains the active ingredient salbutamol, a type of medicine known as a bronchodilator. The active ingredient is inhaled using an inhaler or nebuliser, allowing it to act directly in the lungs where it works very quickly to relieve asthma attacks, chest tightness or shortness of breath.
What is Salamol used for?
Salamol is used to open the airways and treat or prevent breathing problems such as chest tightness, wheezing and shortness of breath. These problems are often caused by:
- Asthma, a condition in which the airways narrow in response to triggers such as smoke, physical exertion or an allergic reaction;
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD): a chronic condition with symptoms such as coughing and breathlessness, usually caused by lung damage.
How to use Salamol
Salamol is available as Easi-Breathe inhaler (pre-filled inhaler) and nebuliser solution (Salamol steri-neb).
The Easi-Breathe inhaler is very easy to use: it automatically releases the correct dose as you breath in through the mouthpiece.
The steri-neb solution is available as single dose ampoules and is used in combination with a nebuliser (a machine that converts the liquid medicine inside the nebules into particles that can be inhaled). For instructions on how to use the Easi-Breathe inhaler and steri-neb solution, please refer to the package leaflet.
Salamol can be used to relieve acute asthma attacks. Be sure to follow the doctor’s instructions if used for this purpose. Salamol inhalers or steri-nebs can also be used to prevent breathing problems. In this case, Salamol should be used approx. 10 minutes before exercising or exposure to allergens to open up the airways. Always follow the instructions given by your doctor regarding when to use your inhaler and how many inhalations you can use each day. Read the package leaflet before use.
Salamol may have side effects, although not everyone gets them. Common side effects include:
- Heart palpitations;
- Shaking of the hands (tremor);
- Hyperactivity (in children).
For a full list of possible side effects, see the package leaflet.
When not to use Salamol
Salamol inhalers and steri-neb solution are not suitable for everyone and should not be used if:
- You are allergic to salbutamol or any other ingredient in this medicine;
Consult a doctor on the use of Salamol if you have a health-related condition such as:
- Severe asthma;
- Heart disease;
- Overactive thyroid gland.
Salamol may interact with other medicines, including beta blockers and water pills. Therefore, it is important to tell the doctor what medicines you are currently taking. For more information about contraindications and interactions, see the package leaflet.
Salamol should not be used by pregnant or breastfeeding women without consulting a doctor first.
This medicine does not interact with alcohol or affect your ability to drive safely.