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salbutamol inhaler

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Salbutamol Inhaler

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The salbutamol inhaler relieves acute symptoms of asthma. The inhaler contains salbutamol, an active ingredient which reduces the constriction in your airways which causes asthma. 

Superdrug Online Doctor runs a fast and convenient repeat prescription service, allowing you to order your salbutamol inhaler online. When you place your order we will ask you to fill in a brief questionnaire about your asthma. One of our doctors will review your order and check whether you can continue your treatment with a salbutamol inhaler.

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Salbutamol Inhaler - 2 inhalers £19

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Salbutamol

The active ingredient in the inhaler is a substance called salbutamol.

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.

You need to use the salbutamol 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 before sport, to prevent symptoms.

The standard dose of salbutamol for relieving symptoms consists of 1-2 puffs (which contains 100-200 micrograms salbutamol).

Please note when ordering salbutamol: We may use a range of manufacturers in order to provide you with your medication in a timely manner. Please also note, product packaging may differ from the image above.

How to use your salbutamol inhaler

In order to benefit from your salbutamol 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 salbutamol 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 salbutamol 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.

Maintaining your inhaler

It is important that you clean your 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 inhaler once a week will prevent it from blocking.

Side Effects

Salbutamol sometimes causes side effects. These side effects do not affect all patients.

Common Side Effects

  • headache

  • feeling shaky

  • heart racing

Uncommon Side Effects

  • muscle cramps

  • 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 side effects, please read the patient leaflet provided with your inhaler.

Tell your doctor if you experience:

  • rapid heart beat (palpitations)

  • irregular heartbeat

Speak to your doctor before using salbutamol 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 salbutamol 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.

Frequently Asked Questions

Which dosage do I need?

Each puff you take contains 100mcg of salbutamol. Your doctor will advise you on how to use your inhaler but 1 - 2 puffs typically suffice.

If you find that you need to use your salbutamol inhaler increasingly often, speak to your doctor. If you experience symptoms more frequently this may be a sign that your asthma is getting worse and that your medication needs to be reviewed.

Can salbutamol cause thrush?

Salbutamol does not cause fungal infections. If you experience thrush of the mouth and also use a steroid inhaler, it is likely that this side effect is caused by your preventer inhaler.

Is salbutamol only used for asthma?

Salbutamol is used to treat acute asthma symptoms and it is also prescribed to patients who suffer from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Please note, that Superdrug Online Doctor can only prescribe salbutamol for asthma.

Can salbutamol be used during pregnancy or when breastfeeding?

If you are trying for a baby, pregnant or breastfeeding, you need to ask your doctor for advice on how to manage your asthma. Your GP will be able to tell you whether you can continue using your current medications.

Does using the inhaler affect your weight?

Neither weight loss nor weight gain are known side effects of salbutamol. Using your inhaler won’t have an impact on your weight,

Is salbutamol a steroid?

Salbutamol contains salbutamol, a bronchodilator. It does not contains any steroids.

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