Ventolin is a popular drug that contains albuterol as the main ingredient. It is a bronchodilator, which works by greatly helping air to flow to the lung tissue.
This is done by causing the muscles in the bronchi and respiratory tract to relax. It is used in the treatment of bronchospasm in people who suffer from reversible obstructive airway disease.
Ventolin is also used as an inhaled medication to prevent asthma attacks or bronchospasm that is started due to exertion.
When you have been given Ventolin, make sure you always have it within reach. Never let your stock run dry; get it refilled before this happens.
If your asthma drugs aren’t working like they are supposed to, tell your doctor immediately. If you feel like you need to use more asthma medication, tell a doctor.
If your attacks require more doses to be fought off effectively, you may need to talk to your doctor, as this is a sign of severe asthma problems.
Do not expose the Ventolin dispenser to direct heat, sunlight or open flames. This can cause it to explode and cause severe injuries.
Do not use this drug if you have allergies to any of the ingredients. In addition to this, tell your doctor if you have the following conditions or a family history of them:
Heart disease, high blood pressure, heart failure, arrhythmia, epilepsy, diabetes or an overactive thyroid gland.
These may prevent Ventolin from being safe for you.
The effect that Ventolin has on an unborn child is currently unknown. If you need Ventolin but are pregnant or you are planning to become pregnant, tell your doctor.
The tendency of the drug to pass into breast milk is also unknown. Do not let your newborn nurse from the breast if you are on Ventolin.
Follow the prescription your doctor has given you as closely as you can. Never use the inhaler in larger amounts or smaller ones to what your doctor has told you to.
Never deviate from the prescribed dose and the brand of albuterol. If you are worried about personal safety, talk to a doctor about the risks of Ventolin.
Do not rush into using the dispenser. Prime it for the first time by spraying at least 4 sprays out into the open. Hold the canister away from your face.
If you haven’t used the inhaler device in a while, or if you drop it, make sure that you follow the same procedure to prime it before your next use.
While there are general usage directions for the inhaler device, you may have to go about this differently, as advised by your doctor.
Steps to using the Ventolin inhaler properly:
1. Shake the device hard and well before spraying.
2. Uncap the device. Exhale completely, then close your lips around the mouthpiece, creating a tight seal.
3. Gently inhale while pressing the canister down at the same time.
4. Hold your breath in for at least 10 seconds.
If your dosage is more than one spray, make sure you wait for a minute or more before taking the next spray. Remember to shake the inhaler before the next spray too.
Missed doses and overdose
If you miss a dose, take it when you know you have. Ignore the dose you missed if you are about to take the next dose.
An overdose of Ventolin could result in death. Call your local poison hotline immediately and get emergency medical assistance.
Symptoms of an overdose include anxiety, tremors, angina, rapid pulse, stroke symptoms, seizures and fainting.
Common side effects include:
More severe side effects include:
Angina and rapid pulse
Lowered potassium levels
Extremely high blood pressure
Call your doctor immediately if you experience these side effects.
Stop taking the inhaler immediately if you see symptoms of an allergic reaction.
If it gets in your eyes, rinse and then call a doctor or go to the ER.
Ventolin could react with diuretics, digoxin and beta blockers.