Ventolin Asthma Inhaler
Ventolin Blue Reliever Asthma Inhaler containing Salbutamol for fast and effective relief from Asthma symptoms.
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What is Ventolin Evohaler?
Ventolin Evohaler is an asthma inhaler formulated to help relieve the symptoms of asthma attacks. It contains Salbutamol, a fast-acting drug that helps relax your airways so you can breathe better.
Ventolin Evohaler is used to treat Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and asthma.
Salbutamol inhalers are effective and provide quick relief from asthma symptoms when you need it. It’s safe to use Ventolin Evohaler while breastfeeding or during pregnancy but always inform your doctor first. Although there are very few side effects associated with Salbutamol, use the asthma inhaler as directed by your doctor.
What is Asthma?
Asthma is a chronic respiratory disease that affects the lungs. It’s characterized by the inflammation of your airways, particularly the air sacs and smaller air passages. This inflammation makes your airways narrow --- making breathing more difficult. Asthma is a serious long-term illness that affects over 5 million people in the UK.
Some of the known triggers of asthma are listed below:
- Certain medications
- Certain food and food additives
What are the symptoms of Asthma?
Common asthma symptoms include shortness of breath, wheezing, cough which gets worse at night, and chest pain, pressure, or tightness.
Not everyone with asthma experiences the same symptoms. Some may go for several months without experiencing any. Although it doesn’t have any cure, the symptoms of asthma can be managed.
What is an asthma attack?
An asthma attack is the sudden worsening of your asthma symptoms. During this episode, your airways become inflamed and produce more mucus than normal. Muscles around your airways also contract (bronchospasm) making it harder to breathe. Mild asthma attacks can be treated at home by treatments like an asthma inhaler. Severe asthma attacks, on the other hand, are life-threatening.
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How to Use Ventolin Evohaler
Use Ventolin Evohaler as needed. You may use it when you start noticing symptoms like coughing, chest pressure, shortness of breath and wheezing. You can also use the asthma inhaler when you know that you are going to do an activity that can trigger your asthma (i.e. sports, running, exercise, going up the stairs, etc.).
The normal dosage of Ventolin Evohaler for children and adults is:
- 1 or 2 puffs, as needed
- Don’t take more than 4 times (regardless of whether you had 1 or 2 puffs at a time) in 24 hours
What if I need to use the inhaler more than 4 times?
If you need to use Ventolin Evohaler for more than 4 times in 24 hours, consult your GP or asthma nurse. Normally this means that your asthma is getting worse and you may need a different treatment. Normally you will undergo an Asthma review Using the inhaler more than its prescribed limit makes you more susceptible to side effects like headaches, jitteriness, increased heart rate, and nervousness.
Also, consult your GP, pharmacist, or asthma nurse if you need to use Ventolin Evohaler:
- In the middle of the night at least once a week
- More than 2 days per week
What should I do during an asthma attack?
During an asthma attack, you can take up to 10 puffs of Salbutamol inhaler. Always shake the inhaler and wait for 30 seconds between each puff. If after 10 minutes your asthma attack still persists, repeat the dose.
Ventolin Side Effects
Salbutamol is generally safe and only a couple of side effects are associated with it. These are:
- Muscle cramps
- Temporary fast heartbeat (no chest pain)
- Feeling shaky
These side effects are not dangerous and will gradually improve once you get used to Ventolin Evohaler.
Although these happen very rarely, contact your doctor immediately if you:
- Get very dizzy
- Pass out
- Experience severe headache
- Experience muscle weakness or pain
- Feel that your heartbeat is not normal
Read the patient information leaflet for a full list of side effects.
The correct way to use PMDIs (pressurized meter-dose inhalers) i.e. Ventolin:
1. Prime and Shake inhaler:
If you are using the inhaler for the first time or after a long interval, then shake the inhaler thoroughly and spray into the air four times, shaking it before each spray.
Shaking the inhaler before each use allows the propellant and medication inside the canister to mix. This is to make sure that you get the correct dosage on inhalation.
Priming and shaking are important to allow the correct dosage of medication to reach your lungs.
2. Breathing and Inhaling technique:
Before inhalation, make sure you take a deep breath. This creates space in the airways for your next breath (i.e. maximising the opportunity to carry the medication into the lungs).
Once you put the mouthpiece into your mouth, close your lips. As you begin to breathe, simultaneously press the canister. Continue to inhale slowly and deeply. Not breathing in deeply enough reduces the amount of drug that reaches your small airways.
If you breathe in too fast, the aerosol particles will impact at the throat and main airways of the lungs ---- not into the small airways where it needs to go. This reduces the amount of medication that reaches the correct part of your lungs.
Focus on a slow deep breath. Hold your breath for as long as it is comfortable and then breathe out. Holding your breath allows for the medication particles to deposit into the lungs. For a second dose, wait approximately 30 seconds and repeat the same procedure.
Common Mistakes with inhaler technique:
- Not shaking the canister before use
- Not breathing out before inhaling
- Inhaling too early before pressing the canister
- Inhaling too late after pressing the canister
- Inhaling too fast
- Not continuing to breathe in after pressing the canister
- Not holding your breath after inhalation
Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find the information by searching for your treatment on Medicines.org.uk.
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