Ventolin is 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. Asthma happens when your bronchial muscles spasm. Salbutamol relaxes these muscles and helps you breathe without coughing and wheezing. It is called a “reliever” inhaler.
Superdrug Online Doctor provides a fast and convenient service for asthma sufferers, allowing you to order your prescription for the Ventolin inhaler online. When you place your order we will ask you to fill in a brief questionnaire about your asthma, so our doctor can establish whether you are eligible for an online prescription.
You can use your Superdrug Online Doctor prescription to buy your Ventolin inhaler at any pharmacy in Ireland.
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.
If you have asthma. you can use a Ventolin inhaler when you experience symptoms such as difficulty breathing, 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).
In order to benefit from your Ventolin inhaler, you need to know how to use it correctly.
You can use your inhaler as soon as you notice asthma symptoms.
If you would like to use it to prevent symptoms, you need to use Ventolin 10 to 15 minutes prior to exposure to an asthma trigger.
You can take one to two puffs, but you should not take more than two puffs at once, unless you are very breathless. You can take two puffs up to four times in any 24 hour period. If you need to take more than this amount, you should seek urgent medical advice.
When using your Ventolin inhaler, always take the following steps:
1. Make sure you stand or sit upright.
2. Remove the mouthpiece cover and make sure it is clean before you use it.
3. Shake the inhaler several times to ensure the liquid is mixed and you get the right amount of salbutamol with each puff.
4. Hold the inhaler upright. Your thumb should be at the base of the inhaler, just below the mouthpiece.
5. Breathe out first.
6. Then close your lips around the mouthpiece of the inhaler, making a tight seal with your lips. The mouthpiece should rest between your teeth, but do not bite the mouthpiece.
7. Begin breathing in and press down on the top of the inhaler. Continue breathing steadily and deeply as the inhaler releases a puff of medicine, then hold your breath for as long as you can comfortably do so, to allow the medication to get into your airways.
8. If you have been advised to take two puffs, wait about 30 seconds before repeating the process.
If you have difficulty with this process, your doctor can give you a “spacer”, a device which will help you inhale the medication more easily.
Always replace the mouthpiece cover immediately after use.
If you are using a new inhaler, or have not used it for 5 days or more, you should test the inhaler to check it is working. Remove the mouthpiece cover, shake the inhaler well and then, pointing the inhaler away from you, press the canister to release 1-2 puffs into the air. You should see a puff of medicine coming out. If nothing is released, your canister may be empty and will need replacing.
It is important that you clean your Ventolin inhaler on a weekly basis. In order to clean it, remove the metal canister from the casing and take the mouthpiece cover off. Use warm water and rinse the plastic casing thoroughly. Dry the plastic casing carefully before putting the metal canister back in. Don’t forget to put the mouthpiece cover back on - this will keep the dust out.
Don’t put the metal canister in water.
Cleaning your Ventolin inhaler once a week will prevent it from blocking.
Ventolin sometimes causes side effects. These side effects do not affect all patients.
Common Side Effects
Uncommon Side Effects
mouth and throat irritation
Rare Side Effects
the active ingredient salbutamol can sometimes lower the levels of potassium in your blood
increased blood flow to arms and legs
For a full list of all Ventolin side effects, please read the patient leaflet provided with your inhaler.
Tell your doctor if you experience:
rapid heart beat (palpitations)
Speak to your doctor before using Ventolin if you:
have high blood pressure
have an overactive thyroid gland
have a history of heart problems
are taking other medications to control your asthma
are taking diuretics ( a medication for hypertension, also known as water tablets)
Do not use a Ventolin inhaler if you are allergic to salbutamol or any other ingredient.
Speak to your doctor if your asthma gets worse. Your doctor may need to adjust your medication. If you feel that you are not responding to two puffs of salbutamol, you should seek urgent medical advice.