Ventolin is a kind of inhaler that uses the active ingredient salbutamol, otherwise known as albuterol. This medication comes in the form of an inhaler, or puffer, that is usually blue in color. More information

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Ventolin is a name for a short-acting bronchodilator inhaler. This is the brand name of a medication that contains the active ingredient Salbutamol. Salbutamol and the Ventolin inhaler are only available on prescription.  

What is Ventolin? 

Ventolin is a kind of inhaler that uses the active ingredient salbutamol, otherwise known as albuterol. This medication comes in the form of an inhaler, or puffer, that is usually blue in color. 

Ventolin is the inhaler version of salbutamol, but this medication can also be given in the form of syrups for people who are unable to use the inhaler .  

Ventolin can also be given in a nebulizer form, but usually this is only the case when people have severe COPD or asthma. The medication within Ventolin helps to open up the airways so that you can breathe more easily.  

Ventolin and its active ingredient are only available with a prescription from a medical professional.  

When is Ventolin used? 

Ventolin and it’s active ingredient salbutamol are a kind of short-life bronchodilator. This means that it can help to prevent and treat feelings like shortness of breath and symptoms such as wheezing or choking. Ventolin helps to make breathing feel easier for people who have respiratory conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, or asthma.  

Ventolin can sometimes be used as a treatment to reduce the risk of asthma that is commonly brought on by exercise. This fast-acting drug acts quickly to solve the problem, which means that it is often used when you are having an asthma or COPD attack. It’s important to ensure that you are taking the right kind of inhalers for different issues.  

How do you use Ventolin? 

Ventolin inhalers come with a patient leaflet that you should read carefully before you begin your treatment. Patient leaflets are intended to provide extra information that patients can use to reduce their risk of side effects and ensure that they’re getting the most out of their treatment.  

When taking Ventolin in its inhaler form, make sure that you follow the instructions provided by your doctor or medical consultant. Shake the canister thoroughly before use. Before you use your inhaler for the first time, you should follow the instructions and conduct some test sprays. It’s also important to do this if the inhaler has been knocked, dropped, or out of use for a couple of weeks.  

Do not use your inhaler too close to your eyes. Inhale the Ventolin medication by mouth according to the instructions given by your doctor. If you are using this medication to prevent asthma caused by exercise, you may need to use it between 15 and 30 minutes before planned physical activity.  

If you are using multiple inhalers at the same time, wait at least one minute before using your medication. You should always have quick relief medications like Ventolin with you, and you should keep track of the number of inhalations you have used.  

Ask your doctor for advice about which inhalers you should be using each day, and which you should use if your respiratory conditions suddenly gets worse. If you have worsening side effects when taking Ventolin, then you will need to ask your doctor about whether you need a different kind of medication.  

Ventolin can come in a diskus form which emits a dry powder. The kind of medication that you get will impact the dosage that you are asked to take. If you take the diskus form of this medication, you will need to hold your breath for around ten seconds after inhaling to keep the medicine in your lungs.  

Remember to wipe off the inhaler and replace the protective cap after using your medication.  

What dosages are there? 

Ventolin comes in a range of different designs. The kind of medication that you are given will impact the dosage of the drug that you are asked to take. If you are given the inhaler version of this medication, then you may be able to use it every four to six hours according to when you need it.  

If you are using Ventolin to prevent asthma caused by exercise, then you may be asked to take two inhalations up to 30 minutes before exercise. You should not take more than two inhalations of Ventolin in any four to six hour period. Make sure that you wait at least one minute between each inhalation with this medication.  

Remember, you should never increase your dose of this drug unless advised to do so. In emergency situations your doctor may advise you to increase the number of puffs and frequency.y 

What are the side effects of Ventolin? 

Aside from its intended effects, Ventolin can also cause side effects in some people. Although this medication is very well tolerated by most people, it is important to be aware of the side effects that could occur, so that you know what to watch out for, and when to seek medical attention.  

Remember that a doctor or consultant will only prescribe this medication after assessing your condition and deciding that the benefits to you are greater than the potential risks. This medication is unlikely to cause side effects in most people.  

In certain cases, Ventolin can cause an increase in your blood pressure, you may be asked to check your blood pressure regularly at home and report the results to your doctor.  

Common side effects of Ventolin can include nervousness, headaches, shaking, mouth or throat irritation or dryness, and cough. You might also notice a change in your taste, or dizziness and nausea. If any of these issues worsen or persist, speak to a doctor about whether you should continue to take this medication.  

In very rare cases, Ventolin may cause more serious side effects, in this case it is important to seek medical attention straight away. Speak to a doctor if you notice side effects like:  

  • Chest pain; 
  • An irregular heartbeat; 
  • Confusion; 
  • Rapid breathing; 
  • Sudden or rapid worsening of your breathing problems; 
  • Sudden and severe wheezing.  

It is very unlikely that you will experience a severe allergic reaction to this medication. However, you should seek medical attention immediately and stop using Ventolin if you notice any of the symptoms of an allergic response. This could include the presence of a rash on your skin, or swelling in the throat, tongue, or face. Make sure that you seek help if you have trouble breathing or dizziness.  

This is not a complete list of possible side effects that might happen when taking Ventolin. Speak to your doctor if you notice any other side effects, including those not listed here.  

When shouldn’t you use Ventolin? 

Ventolin will not be the best form of treatment for everyone with asthma or COPD. It is important to discuss your condition and your medical background with your doctor or consultant before you begin treatment with this medication. Make sure that you answer any questions asked of you as honestly as possible.  

Before using Ventolin, tell your doctor or consultant if you have an allergy to any of the ingredients in it, including inactive ingredients. You should make sure that your doctor or consultant is aware of all allergies that you might have, as Ventolin could contain ingredients that you’re not aware of.  

Before you begin using Ventolin, tell your doctor or consultant about your medical history, and any issues that you or your family members have had with heart problems. Make sure that your doctor is aware of any irregular heartbeat issues, heart attacks, angina, high blood pressure, or seizures.  

Keep in mind that Ventolin can sometimes cause people to feel dizzy. Taking substances like alcohol can increase the chances that you will feel dizzy. Make sure that you don’t put yourself at risk when using Ventolin by driving or doing anything else dangerous if you feel dizzy.  

Before having any treatments or surgeries, ensure that your doctor or consultant is aware that you are taking Ventolin. During pregnancy, Ventolin should be used when deemed necessary under guidance from your doctor. Discuss the benefits and risks with a doctor. It’s not certain whether this substance passes into breast milk.  

Does Soolantra interact with other medications? 

Interactions between medications can impact the way that certain drugs work, or stop certain drugs from working as well. There’s also a risk that taking multiple medications together could increase your chances of dangerous side effects. To ensure that it is safe for you to take Ventolin with other medications, tell your doctor or consultant about everything you are using. 

Make sure that you provide a complete list of medications, including any over the counter drugs that you are using, and prescription or herbal remedies. Ensure that you follow your doctor's instructions when taking Ventolin with other inhalers.  

Where can you buy Ventolin? 

Ventolin is available to purchase from reputable pharmacies provided that you have a prescription from a medical professional.  

Can I get Ventolin without a prescription? 

Ventolin is not currently available without a prescription. Make sure that this treatment is right for you by speaking to a doctor or consultant first.  

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Assessed by:

Dr Imran Malik, General practitioner
Registration number: GMC: 4741365

Dr Imran Malik studied undergraduate medicine at King's College University in Central London and clinical studies at the prestigious King's College Hospital. He graduated with a MBBS degree in 2000 and went on to gain postgraduate memberships with the Royal Society of Medicine and also General Practice in 2006.