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Frequently Asked Questions
A Ventolin inhaler is used by people who suffer from asthma to relieve the symptoms of their condition. The Ventolin inhaler works by opening the airways to relieve and prevent asthma symptoms brought on by common triggers. These triggers include: exercise, dust, pollen, dogs, cats, cold temperatures and cigarette smoke. Some patients can have more specific triggers that can worsen their asthma symptoms.
Ventolin Evohaler is a brand name for the salbutamol inhaler, otherwise known as the blue “reliever” inhaler. It is produced by GSK pharmaceuticals and comes packaged in a distinctive white and blue box.
The Ventolin inhaler contains a medicine called salbutamol sulfate. This belongs to a group of medicines called fast acting bronchodilators. Bronchodilators help the airways of your lungs open and stay open for longer. This makes it easier to breathe and helps relieve symptoms of wheeze and breathlessness that occur in asthmatics.
Before using your Ventolin inhaler, it is important to breathe as slowly as possible and settle down the rhythm of your breathing. Following this, follow the steps below:
- Stand or sit upright
- Remove the Ventolin inhaler mouthpiece cover, gently squeezing the sides with your thumb and forefinger to pull apart
- Shake the inhaler four/five times
- Hold the Ventolin inhaler upright, with the thumb on the base below the mouthpiece
- Breathe out as far as comfortable
- Place the mouthpiece in your mouth, between your teeth and close your lips around it
- Breathe in through your mouth and then press down on the top of the canister (whilst still breathing in steadily and deeply
- Hold your breath and remove the inhaler from your mouth
If you need to take another puff, wait about a minute and a half, and always replace the mouthpiece cover following use.
Young users may need help to operate the inhaler.
Weak handed users may find it easier to hold the Ventolin inhaler with both hands.
As with any form of medication, using a Ventolin inhaler can have potential side effects. Below are a few of the common side effects of using a Ventolin inhaler:
- Feeling shaky
- Feeling anxious
- Irritation to the mouth and throat
For a full list of side effects, please read the Ventolin Inhaler Online Patient Information Leaflet.
If you have find yourself using too many puffs of the Ventolin inhaler, let your doctor know. Overuse of salbutamol inhalers can lead to worsening of asthma symptoms in the long run.
There are no known interactions with food or alcohol when using a Ventolin inhaler. However, drinking too much coffee can exacerbate the side effects of Ventolin such as tremors. If you find this to be the case, reduce your intake of caffeine.
You should not use a Ventolin inhaler if you are taking other medications for asthma or if you are taking medication to regulate your heartbeat.
This is not an exhaustive list, please always speak to your doctor or Pharmacist if you are concerned about any other medication interacting with your Ventolin inhaler.
You should not buy Ventolin inhalers online if you a pregnant or trying to get pregnant, speak to your GP before starting use of a Ventolin inhaler. Short-acting bronchodilators such as Salbutamol inhalers appear to be relatively safe during pregnancy, but it is still important to make your doctor aware of how much you are using the inhaler.
Some patients are sensitive to the effects of Salbutamol and may experience more side effects when using the Ventolin inhaler. In this case a doctor might prescribe you an alternative medication.
Ventolin inhalers contain Salbutamol, and are used to treat asthma. These are “fast acting bronchodilators” and help your airways stay open to relieve chest tightness, wheezing and coughing.
Salbutamol inhalers contain the same active ingredient as the Ventolin inhaler. Ventolin is just a more common brand of the salbutamol inhaler but works in the same way. Salbutamol is the generic name like for instance Paracetamol, while Ventolin Evohaler is the brand name (for instance Panadol).
Another brand of Salbutamol inhaler is Salamol. These inhalers cost less than a Ventolin Evohaler, however are rated slightly lower by patients.
Yes, you can buy Ventolin inhalers online from a reputable registered service such as e-Surgery. You will have to fill out a questionnaire to make sure the prescribers can safely issue a prescription for your Ventolin inhaler.
Always make sure you check for the green GPhC and MHRA logo anytime you purchase the Ventolin inhalers online or any other medication.
Use the GPhC website to make sure you are buying from a registered Pharmacy so the inhaler you receive is genuine.
Please read the Online Ventolin Inhaler Patient Information Leaflet for specific instructions on how to store your inhaler.
Try to keep your inhaler in a cool and dry place and never use it after the expiry date stamped on the canister of the Ventolin inhaler.
To see a step by step guide on cleaning your blue inhaler, read our article on Cleaning Your Ventolin Inhaler. This outlines exactly how to properly clean your inhaler.
How to clean a Ventolin inhaler:
- Take out the metal canister from the blue plastic Ventolin inhaler casing and remove the mouthpiece cover.
- Clean the blue plastic Ventolin inhaler casing thoroughly under warm running water. DO NOT: Let the metal canister come into contact with water.
- Dry the blue plastic Ventolin inhaler casing thoroughly, outside and inside.
- Place the metal canister back into the blue plastic Ventolin casing.
- Test the blue Ventolin inhaler now by releasing a puff into the air.
- Put the mouthpiece cover back on.
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