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What is Asthma?

Asthma is a common respiratory condition which is caused by the inflammation of the lungs, particularly in the smaller airways and air sacs, making breathing more difficult.

Asthma is a long-term condition which can’t be cured but the symptoms usually come and go and vary in severity over time.

Causes

  • Cold air
  • Airborne substances e.g. pollen or dust mites
  • Air pollutants e.g. smoke
  • Respiratory infections such as the common cold
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) – a condition where stomach acid backs up into your throat

Symptoms and signs include:

  • Shortness of breath
  • Wheezing
  • Coughing
  • Chest tightness or pain

What is a Ventolin Asthma inhaler and how does it work?

Ventolin inhalers works by opening up the airways in your lungs, allowing you to breathe more easily. The medicine Salbutamol, which belongs to a group of medicines called fast acting bronchodilators makes it easier for the air to move in and out of the lungs.

The Ventolin evohaler relieves symptoms of asthma, such as tightness in the chest, wheezing and coughing to prevent asthma attacks. Common triggers include: house dust, pollen, cats, dogs and cigarette smoke.

They are prescription medication only so are not available to buy over the counter. The doctor will need to assess your condition and develop a plan for your asthma. You can reorder asthma inhalers online at Pharmica after filling out a quick medical questionnaire – our experts will review your answers and if you meet the requirements, we can deliver your inhalers at the address of your choice.

How often should Ventolin be used?

You can use Ventolin when you start to notice the symptoms of asthma or when you know you are going to do an activity which could make you breathless.

To use the inhaler:

  • Take 1-2 puffs when you need it
  • Up to a maximum of 4 times in a 24-hour period (regardless of whether you have 1 or 2 puffs at a time)

Make an appointment with your doctor or pharmacist if:

  • You use your inhaler more than 4 times in a 24-hour period
  • More than 2 days of each week
  • In the middle of the night at least once a week

What if I take too much?

If you take more than the recommended amount of Ventolin, you will notice your heart beating much faster and sometimes feel shaky. This will usually go away within 30 minutes or a few hours at most. The side effects of inhaling too much is not dangerous, as long as you do not have chest pains.

How quickly does it work?

You should start feeling your symptoms ease straight away.

Can Ventolin be used during pregnancy?

It’s important to keep your asthma controlled during pregnancy, so you should continue your prescribed asthma treatment unless your asthma gets worse.

If you stop taking your medication, your symptoms are likely to get worse which could pose a risk to your baby having a lower birth weight.

Is Ventolin only used for asthma?

Ventolin is used to treat patients with breathing difficulties to relax the airways to allow for more air intake. Therefore, it is possible to use the Ventolin Evohaler without being diagnosed with asthma, but using any medication without a prescription is not advised.

Inhalers, along with most other asthma medications, are prescription only so it is advised that you seek advice from a doctor before exposing yourself to any potential risks.

Can Ventolin be used for a cough?

A doctor may prescribe the inhaler if you are suffering from a cough which affects your breathing, as the inhaler soothes the airways, suppressing the need to cough. It is advised not to use the inhaler unless you have been prescribed one from your doctor.

Does using the inhaler affect your weight?

There are other factors other than the medication when dealing with weight gain from asthma. Some people tend to avoid doing any physical activity with fear they might have an asthma attack. However, weight gain is linked to a mismanagement of your symptoms and you are able to live a healthy lifestyle, with regular exercise with the right medication.

How to avoid weight gain:

  1. Don’t avoid exercise.
  2. Include vegetables and whole grains into your diet.
  3. Don’t stop taking your medication without consulting your doctor first.

What is a spacer?

A spacer is a large empty tube which attaches to the inhaler so that you can breathe the medication from the spacer itself rather than directly from the puffer. This makes it easier to aim the medication and breathe it to the deepest parts of your lungs instead of spraying it at the back of the throat and your upper airways, making it more efficient to use because you are using less medicine.

What is the difference between Ventolin and Salbutamol inhalers?

Ventolin and Salbutamol inhalers are exactly the same as Ventolin contains the active ingredient Salbutamol. The difference between them is branding, as Salbutamol is the ‘generic’ medicine and Ventolin is the branded version.

Maintaining your Ventolin inhaler

  • Only wash the plastic casing with water not the metal canister.
  • Keep your inhaler in a cool and dry area and it is best to avoid keeping it in the bathroom.
  • Avoid keeping your inhaler in extreme temperatures.
  • Always keep the cap on your inhaler to avoid dust and debris getting inside.

Ventolin Side Effects

Side effects of Ventolin usually affect one in ten people. Possible side effects include:

  • increased heart rate, sometimes felt as palpitations
  • muscle tremor (shaking, especially in the hands)
  • slight feelings of anxiety or nervousness

These effects generally pass quickly, and are less likely to occur after the medication has been used a few times. They may occur when you take higher doses of the medication, such as during an asthma emergency.

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Always read the patient information leaflet before commencing treatment.

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