ventolin reliever asthma inhaler

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Ventolin Inhaler

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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. 

Superdrug Online Doctor runs a fast and convenient repeat prescription service, allowing you to order your Ventolin 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 like Ventolin.

Ventolin Evohaler - 2 inhalers £24
Salbutamol Inhaler - 2 inhalers £19

Prices include prescription and standard delivery.

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Ventolin

Can I buy Ventolin online?

Ventolin is available to buy from numerous online pharmacies, provided you have a prescription from your GP.

If you do not have a prescription, you can use an accredited online doctor service like Superdrug Online Doctor to obtain a repeat prescription online.

Beware of online pharmacies which sell Ventolin without a prescription - it is important that a doctor assesses your condition before you place an order and pharmacies which sell the inhaler without a prescription are breaking the law. 

Buying from such pharmacies carries the risk of receiving fake or counterfeit mediation which could harm your health.

Can I buy Ventolin over the counter?

Ventolin is a prescription only medication. It is important that a doctor assesses your symptoms and diagnoses your condition before you use Ventolin for the first time. Ventolin is therefore not available to buy over the counter.

If you have been using Ventolin for at least three months and find that your condition is stable you can use Superdrug Online Doctor to order a repeat supply of your inhaler. Our click and collect service allows you to collect your medication from a Superdrug pharmacy near you.

One of our online doctors will review your order and establish whether you can continue your treatment with Ventolin before issuing a prescription.

Salbutamol inhaler and Ventolin - what is the difference?

The active ingredient in Ventolin is salbutamol. Salbutamol is available as a generic medication, which means that it is not sold under a brand name. 

The salbutamol inhaler contains the same medication and it works in the same way as the Ventolin inhaler but is available at a lower cost.

Please note when ordering salbutamol: We may use a range of manufacturers in order to provide you with your medication in a timely manner. 


Salbutamol

The active ingredient in the Ventolin inhaler is a substance called salbutamol, which is also sold as generic medication (which means that it is sold under the name “salbutamol” rather than a brand name).

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 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).

Ventolin and salbutamol - why is there a price difference? 

While Ventolin and salbutamol contain the same medicine, they differ in price. The price for the two inhalers differs as Ventolin is a branded medication. Ventolin is available at a price of £24 for two inhalers, whereas salbutamol is available at a lower price of £19 for two inhalers.

How to use your Ventolin inhaler

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.

Maintaining your Ventolin inhaler

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 Side Effects

Ventolin 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 Ventolin 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 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.

Frequently Asked Questions About Ventolin

Which dosage do I need?

Each puff of Ventolin you take contains 100mcg of salbutamol, the active ingredient in Ventolin. 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 Ventolin 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.

What is the difference between the Ventolin inhaler and the salbutamol inhaler?

Both the Ventolin inhaler and the salbutamol inhaler contain the same active ingredient and work in the same way. Ventolin is a branded medication, whereas salbutamol inhalers are a generic version of Ventolin. Both are used in the same way and can cause the same side effects.

Can Ventolin cause thrush?

Ventolin 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 rather than Ventolin.

Is Ventolin only used for asthma?

Ventolin 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 Ventolin for asthma.

Can Ventolin be used for cough?

You can only use Ventolin if you have been diagnosed by a doctor and if you have been prescribed Ventolin. If your cough is an asthma symptom, you can use your inhaler to get relief. 

Superdrug online doctors cannot prescribe Ventolin for treating chest infections or a cough caused by anything other than asthma (or COPD).

Can Ventolin 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, including Ventolin.

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 ventolin a steroid?

Ventolin contains salbutamol, a bronchodilator. It does not contains any steroids.
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    Easy to sign up, website was easy to use, products were easy to find, prices were fair, check out was easy to use, a good choice of delivery methods and click and collect was very quick. Doctors message you to make sure everything is ok or if more information is needed. All in all a very quick reliable service. Will be using again,

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    Fantastic service. The process is very user friendly. Really pleased with the excellent service provided. Brilliant from start to finish. I would like to thank Superdrug staff including helpful doctors for providing prompt and outstanding service. Very highly recommended.

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    The inhaler is top quality. The ordering process is not speedy and the cost is £4 per item more than through NHS. A useful fallback when NHS repeat prescription delayed.

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    Product just what I wanted,arrived promptly,very satisfied.

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    good service and product although delivery was slow

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    by , 10th Jan 2017
    Brilliant service , authorised by doctor within 5 minutes and was able to collect from the local store in a couple of hours time , I will definitely use Superdrug online pharmacy again

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    by , 7th Jan 2017
    Fast and efficient service. Definitely recommend using online ordering

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    by , 22nd Nov 2016
    No problems items very well packed arrived on time.

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    very good and fast delivery i am very impressed and will use again

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    by , 8th Nov 2016
    Very easy to use service which i didn't realise was available until out of desperation for some ventolin at the weekend i put a search on line and was directed to your link. Short questionnaire on my phone which the on line doctor approved within half hour and ventolin was available to pick up within 2 hours at nearest store. I couldn't fault the service in any way.

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    Quick and easy just what I was looking for.

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    Quick delivery and good communication

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    by , 6th Aug 2016
    I use a inhaler but mislaid it while visiting friends in Leeds It was very easy to get a replacement and while it wasn't the cheapest option the ability to pick it up the same day as ordering was very convenient as the options from other providers always involved postage Thanks

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    by , 1st Aug 2016
    my order came within two days! Easy to order prompt delivery and will definitely order from here again!!

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    by , 25th Jul 2016
    I used this service when I was out of my inhaler and was unable to wait for a repeat or to get a Drs App. Was easy and efficient. Within 2 hours I had them

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    I was very pleased with the prompt delivery of my order from this company. 10 out of 10!

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    by , 25th May 2016
    Many thanks.... So much better than waiting weeks for a clinic or doctor at the surgery. People haven't got time for that.

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    by , 22nd May 2016
    awesome beats hassel of getting inthe dr for a perscription

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    by , 26th Apr 2016
    Superdrug Online service: I Knew what I wanted (A Dilator spray for my Asthma). I Answered a simple GP questionaire and Ordered Meds on Fri afternoon online. I got an email to advise I could pick up the following day. Great service, only slightly over NHS prescription price. No hassle. Will definitely use this service again.

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    Helpful medicine eases breathing difficulty when trying to sleep

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