For the treatment of asthma symptoms such as wheezing, shortness of breath and tightness in your chest, the usual dose:
- Adults: to alleviate symptoms - one or two puffs or two puffs 10-15 minutes before exercise or exposure to the trigger.
- Children: to alleviate symptoms - one or two puffs or 10-15 minutes before exercise or exposure to the trigger.
Typically, during the 24 - hour period, you have to 8 puffs.
For regular treatment:
- Adults and children: two puffs up to 4 times a day.
Ventolin active ingredient contains Salbutamol. Salbutamol is a type of medicine known as a short-acting beta-2 agonists. It works, acting in the light receptors called beta-2 receptors. Stimulation of these receptors is the cause muscle relaxing respiratory tract, allowing open breathing routes.
If you missed the time, the use of dose, use it as soon as you can. If it is almost time for your next dose, use only that dose. Do not take 2 doses at once or extra doses.
Ventolin should not be taken with beta-blockers, such as atenolol, propranolol or timolol. This is because beta-blockers have an opposite action to this medicine and cause the airways to narrow. This can result in breathing difficulties for people with asthma or COPD. This problem has sometimes been seen with eye drops containing beta-blockers, eg. used for glaucoma.
Store at the room temperature away from moisture and sunlight. Keep out of the reach of children.
Ventolin Safety information
Do not exceed the dose of Albuterol that your doctor has prescribed you to use.
If your inhaler, as usual, does not relieve wheezing or chest tightness and should use it more often than usual, you should consult your doctor as soon as possible. It may be that your asthma or COPD is deteriorating, and a doctor may have to give you another medicine. The same applies if you are taking Ventolin mouth or nebuliser and it does not seem to work as well.
If the use of inhalers will lead to an unexpected increase in wheezing (paradoxical bronchospasm) stop using inhalers and immediately consult your doctor. Admission drugs should be stopped and an alternative treatment found.
People with severe asthma should have regular blood tests to monitor the amount of potassium in their blood. This is because low oxygen levels in the blood (hypoxia) and various asthma medicines, including this one, can lower blood potassium levels.
Ventolin Side effects
Most people do not have any problems when taking this medicine.
- Some people may feel a bit shaky or have a headache.
- Some people who are unusually sensitive may notice that their heart is beating faster and/or more forcefully than usual. This awareness of their heart beating is called palpitations, is normally harmless, and usually passes off as treatment continues. Some might notice that their heartbeat becomes uneven or their heart gives an extra beat. Tell your doctor as soon as possible, but do not stop using this medicine unless told to do so.
- Mouth or throat irritation sometimes occurs with inhaled Ventolin.
- Muscle cramps have also been reported, although uncommon.
- Very rarely Ventolin may cause allergic reactions.
- Salbutamol may affect the salt balance of the body, although this is rare.
- Patients taking this medicine may become restless or excitable although this is very rare.
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if you feel unwell or notice anything unusual, or you do not understand.