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Salamol CFC Free - salbutamol inhaler for asthma, 100 micrograms per actuation

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Salbutamol Inhaler

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Salbutamol is a medication used to alleviate the symptoms of asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD). You can buy Salbutamol from Superdrug Online Doctor. Simply start an online consultation and one of our doctors will assess your suitability before prescribing it to you.

Treatment for: Asthma and COPD
Type of drug: selective beta2-adrenergic receptor agonist
Prescription or over-the-counter: Prescription-only medication 
Branded or generic: Generic
Active ingredient: salbutamol sulfate
Dosages available: 1 Inhaler (100µg) / 2 Inhalers
Time to start working: Instant
Common side effects include: feeling shaky, muscle cramps, headaches, faster heartbeat (without chest pain)

Last reviewed: 23-07-2020 by Dr Simran Deo

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1x 200 dose inhaler £12.99
2x 200 dose inhaler £19.00

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About Salbutamol

Salbutamol is a medication that's used to treat coughs, wheezing, and other breathing difficulties caused by asthma and COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease).

Salbutamol is the name of the generic medication and is often sold under different brand names. The most common brand of Salbutamol is Ventolin.

What does Salbutamol do?

Salbutamol opens up the medium and large airways in the lungs to make it easier to breathe. It’s called a reliever inhaler because it helps to relieve the symptoms of asthma, such as a wheeze, and is used during asthma attacks to open up your airways as an emergency treatment. 

What’s the difference between Ventolin and Salbutamol?

There is no medical difference between Ventolin and Salbutamol. Ventolin and Salbutamol work in the same way, have the same effects and contain the same active ingredient.

The only difference between Ventolin and Salbutamol is the price, as Ventolin is a more expensive branded product, while Salbutamol is a cheaper generic medication.

What type of drug is Salbutamol?

Salbutamol belongs to a class of drugs called bronchodilators. These medications relax muscles in the lungs and widen the airways known as bronchi. Bronchodilators are used to treat long term conditions which cause the airways to become narrow and inflamed.

Is Salbutamol a steroid?

No, Salbutamol is not a steroid, and the medication does not contain steroids. Salbutamol is a class of drug known as a short -acting beta agonist which relaxes the airways so air can easily flow in and out of the lungs making it easier to breathe.

There are other types of inhalers that contain steroids that are known as preventer inhalers, such as Clenil, but these are not the same as Salbutamol.

Salbutamol works by relaxing the walls of the airways leading to the lungs, this widens them, allowing more air in, and making it easier to breathe. 

If you experience an asthma attack, the blue reliever inhaler pumps salbutamol straight to your lungs where it quickly relaxes the walls of  your airways. Because the airways become wider, it makes it easier to breathe. Once the inhaler is used, it should only take a few minutes for you to feel an improvement in your breathing.

How long does Salbutamol last?

The  effects of salbutamol can last between 3 and 5 hours. 

How effective is Salbutamol?

Salbutamol is highly effective in relieving the symptoms of asthma, such as an asthma attack. Salbutamol inhalers work quickly, helping to ease breathing difficulties as soon as you use it.

How long does Salbutamol take to work?

Salbutamol is delivered straight to your lungs, so begins to work as soon as you use your inhaler. You should feel the effects quickly and find it easier to breathe within a couple of minutes.

  • Breathe as slowly as you can just before using your inhaler.
  • Stand or sit upright.
  • Remove the mouthpiece cover on your inhaler. Check inside and outside making sure the mouthpiece is clean.
  • Shake the inhaler to make sure the contents are evenly mixed and any loose objects are removed.
  • Hold the inhaler upright with your thumb on the base, below the mouthpiece. Breathe out as far is comfortable. Don’t breathe in yet.
  • Put the mouthpiece in your mouth between your teeth. Close your lips but do not bite the inhaler.
  • Breathe in through your mouth and as you start to breathe in, press down on the top of the canister to release a puff of the medicine inside. Do this while still breathing in steadily and deeply.
  • Hold your breath, remove the inhaler from your mouth and your finger from the top of the inhaler. Continue to hold your breath for 10 seconds or as long as you feel comfortable.
  • If you have been advised to take two puffs, wait about 30 seconds before taking another puff. Repeat steps 4-8.
  • Replace the mouthpiece cover after use to stop dust from entering the inhaler until you hear a click.

You may find it helpful to practise in front of a mirror for the first few times that you use your inhaler. If you notice a mist coming from your inhaler or the sides of your mouth, you’ll need to start again. 

How often can you use a Salbutamol inhaler?

Adults and children over 12 years old should use:

  • 1 – 2 puffs to relieve asthma
  • 2 puffs 15 minutes before exercise or being exposed to a “trigger”
  • 2 puffs up to 4 times a day for regular treatment if advised by your doctor
  • The maximum dose is 8 puffs in 24 hours unless you have significant chest tightness, in which case you can go up to 10 puffs in one go (this is the equivalent of a nebuliser). If this does not relieve your chest tightness please call 999.

Children under 12 should use:

  • 1 puff (2 if needed) to relieve asthma
  • 1 puff 15 minutes before exercise or being exposed to a “trigger”
  • 2 puffs up to 4 times a day for regular treatment only if advised by your doctor
  • The maximum dose is 8 puffs in 24 hours unless you have significant chest tightness, in which case you can go up to 10 puffs in one go (this is the equivalent of a nebuliser). If this does not relieve your chest tightness please call 999.

You shouldn’t use your inhaler more often than your doctor has advised. They may advise taking more than the recommended dose if you are using your Salbutamol inhaler as an emergency treatment if your breathing is very bad. You will need to follow your doctor’s instructions regarding how many puffs to take and how often you should use your inhaler. 

Are there other ways to take Salbutamol?

Salbutamol is sometimes prescribed as tablets or syrup for people who may be unable to use an inhaler, but this is not common. Superdrug Online Doctor does not prescribe these.

Salbutamol tablets are not often prescribed these days as the inhaled option is better.  In severe illness salbutamol can be given via an nebuliser, an iv line or by injection, but this is usually done in hospital.Inhaled salbutamol works quicker than the tablet form because it is delivered directly to the affected area. 

When should I use my Salbutamol inhaler?

You should only use your inhaler when you need it and have symptoms.

You should also use your Salbutamol inhaler before you’re going to complete an activity or exercise which can make you breathless.

You may also need your inhaler if you’re planning to do something that could put you nearer to your triggers. Examples of this would be visiting a friend who has a pet if you have allergies or visiting the seaside if the change in climate can trigger your asthma. If you learn your triggers and warning signs thoroughly, you can plan ahead to make sure you know to use your inhaler.

You should also avoid using your asthma inhaler if you don’t need it. Using your inhaler too much can cause harmful side effects, and using your inhaler when you don’t need it, or without prescription, can make the symptoms of asthma worse.

How many doses are there in a Salbutamol inhaler?

Typically, a Salbutamol inhaler contains 200 doses, that’s equivalent to 200 puffs.

At Superdrug Online Doctor, we only sell inhalers in these sizes, but there are inhalers available elsewhere in different sizes.

How many puffs of Salbutamol is safe?

The normal dose for a salbutamol inhaler is 1 or 2 puffs,up to a maximum of 4 times in 24 hours.

You should have received an asthma action plan from your asthma nurse or doctor which will tell you how many puffs you need to use per dose. If the inhaler doesn’t relieve your symptoms, you should contact your doctor for advice immediately.

If you experience an asthma attack, it is possible to take more salbutamol, up to 10 puffs in one go, as this is the equivalent to a nebuliser. It is important that you wait 30 seconds between each dose and that you shake the inhaler well before each dose is taken. If this does not help and you are still struggling to breathe you should call 999 or go to your nearest hospital immediately.

You can buy a Salbutamol from a registered Online Doctor or Pharmacy service, such as Superdrug Online Doctor. To do this, our doctors will issue a prescription for Salbutamol online if they think it is safe and appropriate for you.

You can also get Salbutamol from your local pharmacy, though you will need a prescription from your GP first.

Can I buy Salbutamol over the counter?

You cannot buy Salbutamol over the counter. Salbutamol is a prescription-only medication, which means you need a prescription before you can get it. This is because you need to be assessed by a healthcare professional before buying Salbutamol to make sure that this medication is safe and appropriate for you to take it. 

If a medication isn't suitable or you haven't been given the correct advice on how to take it, it can have negative effects that may make your symptoms worse. 

Common side effects of Salbutamol are:

  • feeling shaky
  • muscle cramps
  • headaches
  • faster heartbeat for a short while (without chest pain)

These side effects are not dangerous and should only last a few minutes to hours. They should also improve on their own as your body gets used to using Salbutamol. 

If these side effects do not resolve themselves or you find them unmanageable, you should contact your GP for advice.

Although rare, Salbutamol can have some serious side effects, such as:

  • muscle pain or weakness
  • muscle cramps
  • a heartbeat that doesn’t feel normal
  • extreme dizziness or passing out
  • chest pain
  • a severe headache

If you experience any of these side effects while or after using your Salbutamol inhaler, you should urgently seek medical attention by calling 999.

Why does Salbutamol cause tachycardia?

Tachycardia is where your heart beats fast, usually more than 100 times per minute. Salbutamol acts by relaxing the smooth muscle in the wall of the airways, at the same time it also acts on the part of the nervous system in charge of our "fight or flight" response. As a result it causes an increased heart rate or tachycardia.

Can you overdose on Salbutamol?

Yes, you can overdose on Salbutamol and it can be fatal. The symptoms of a Salbutamol overdose are:

  • dry mouth
  • tremors
  • chest pain
  • increased heartbeats
  • nausea
  • generally feeling ill
  • seizures
  • dizziness or fainting

If you or anyone with you is experiencing these symptoms you must seek urgent medical attention. To avoid an overdose, you should take your Salbutamol exactly as it is prescribed.

Salbutamol is prescribed to treat or manage conditions including asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is suitable to be taken by adults and children of all ages, but it isn’t suitable for people with certain medical conditions.

Who should not take Salbutamol?

You should not take Salbutamol if you have:

  • pulmonary hypertension
  • arrhythmias 
  • complicated pregnancy
  • history of significant cardiac disorders
  • significant cardiac risk factors

Anyone with the following, should seek advice before taking Salbutamol if you have:

  • diabetes
  • an overactive thyroid gland
  • excess body acid
  • a metabolic condition where the body cannot use sugars called ketoacidosis
  • low potassium in the blood
  • high blood pressure
  • diminished blood flow through the arteries

Can I Take Salbutamol with other medicines?

Salbutamol may interact with:

  • medicines to treat an irregular or fast heartbeat
  • other asthma medication

You should inform your doctor if you take any other medication when you start using Salbutamol or if you start a new medication while using Salbutamol, that includes any over-the-counter medication or herbal remedies.

Can I take Salbutamol while pregnant?

Salbutamol is considered safe to use during pregnancy and while breastfeeding but you should advise your doctor that you are pregnant if you use a Salbutamol inhaler. If you have a complicated pregnancy it may not be safe and you should discuss this with your doctor.

Everyone's asthma can vary throughout pregnancy. You should tell your medical professional if you notice changes to your asthma symptoms when you are pregnant.

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