Asthma inhalers: Ventolin

What can I take to breathe better?


What is Ventolin? 

Ventolin is a reliever inhaler used to treat asthma symptoms as they occur. It’s the brand name for a medicine called Salbutamol and is usually the blue inhaler. This is what you would use during an asthma attack to try and get your symptoms under control. 


How does Ventolin work?

When you take a puff of Ventolin, the medicine opens up the airways to help you breathe easier and relieve wheezing and breathlessness. It also helps with coughing and chest tightness and can be used in combination with a daily preventer inhaler. 

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How do I use Ventolin? 

Your doctor or pharmacist should demonstrate how to use your Ventolin inhaler to ensure that you are confident in using it correctly. Asthma UK also provide videos and resources which demonstrates good inhaler technique. You can also get a spacer to help you use it if you struggle to inhale the medicine properly. 


How often should I use Ventolin?

Ventolin can be used any time you experience asthma symptoms or an attack. It’s good practice to have your inhaler with you at all times to ensure it’s available when you need it. If you find you need it more than twice a week, this indicates that your asthma is not under control. In this case, tell your doctor as soon as possible so that they can give you a preventer inhaler. 


Does Ventolin cause side effects?

Ventolin doesn’t usually cause side effects. Occasionally it can cause a racing heart, headache, light-headedness, shakiness or muscle cramps. If side effects do occur, they won’t last for more than an hour. 


Will Ventolin interact with any other medication?

Always tell your doctor about any other medications you are taking before being prescribed with something new. Ventolin generally won’t affect any other medicines, but your doctor will be able to advise you on how to use it alongside other medication. 

You can order a Ventolin inhaler from Dr Felix after a quick online consultation for convenient home delivery. 



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