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Salbutamol Inhaler

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Medication features

  • The generic version of Ventolin
  • Two puffs when required
  • Acts within 5-25 minutes

NOTE: After requesting this medication, you will need to complete a short assessment, so our GP or Pharmacist can assess if the treatment is suitable for you. Pricing is provided as a reference only. The final decision on issuing this medication remains with our GP / Pharmacist.

Overview

Order Salbutamol Asthma Inhaler Online

You can order your Salbutamol inhaler online from our UK registered online doctor and pharmacy service. If you are an asthmatic who has controlled asthma, you can request a repeat prescription for your inhaler after completing our online assessment. Once complete, our doctor will review your order and, if approved, issue a prescription to our pharmacy for dispensing. We will then dispense and dispatch your inhaler to your chosen delivery address.

What is Salbutamol?

Salbutamol is the common blue reliever inhaler used by asthma sufferers. The better known branded version of the drug is called Ventolin. It contains 100ug of Salbutamol, a quick-acting drug that helps stop an asthma attack when it occurs. 

It helps to relieve asthma symptoms such as coughing and wheezing. It can also be used by people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).

You can order salbutamol inhalers from our UK registered online doctor for delivery, without having to see a doctor face to face.

How does it work?

Salbutamol works by acting on beta-2 receptors in the lungs. When it stimulates these receptors it causes the muscles in the airways to relax, and this allows the airways to open. You should start feeling your symptoms ease straight after you used the medication. It is known as a bronchodilator.

Other reliever inhalers such as Ventolin and Salamol Easi-Breathe and reliever/preventer inhalers such as Seretide and Symbicort are available.

How to use Salbutamol

Depending on the inhaler you have, techniques on use will differ. You can read about different inhaler techniques in our blog post addressing each type of inhaler. It is generally used when required up to four times daily. 1-2 puffs of salbutamol should be used depending on your requirements.

If you need to use your salbutamol inhaler more than 3 times a week, it may be a sign that your asthma is poorly controlled. If this is the case for you, please see your GP for an asthma review.

For the standard aerosol inhaler the following steps should be followed to use your inhaler properly:

  1. Open the inhaler, remove the mouthpiece cover-check there is no object in the mouthpiece.
  2. Hold the inhaler upright with your thumb on the base and your finger on the top of the canister and shake the inhaler up and down 4 or 5 times.
  3. Breathe out as far as is comfortable, away from the inhaler. Do not breathe out into the inhaler.
  4. Put the mouthpiece to your lips. Seal your lips around the mouthpiece.
  5. Start to breathe in slowly and gently. As you begin to breathe in, press the top of the canister down fully to release one dose. Continue breathing in slowly and steadily and as deeply as you can until your lungs and air passages are full.
  6. Remove the device from your mouth and hold your breath for 5 to 10 seconds and then breathe out slowly.
  7. Continue to breathe normally.

Asthma is a common condition which affects the body’s respiratory system. It is caused by inflammation in the lungs, and in particular, its smaller airways (known as bronchioles) and air sacs (known as alveoli).

There are currently 5.4 million people in the UK receiving asthma treatment, and it is a long-term condition. However, symptoms can worsen or improve over time, and its severity can often depend on a number of external factors.

To read more about asthma, its causes, symptoms, and treatments, visit the NHS site.

Salbutamol Summary

Ingredient

Salbutamol Sulphate 100 ug

How Does It Work?

It works by acting on beta-2 receptors in the lungs. By stimulating these receptors, it helps the muscles in the airways to relax. This allows airways to open.

How Quickly Does It Work?

You should start feeling your symptoms ease straight away.

How do I take it?

Use 1-2 puffs at a time as required. If you are unsure about inhaler technique, speak to your pharmacist.

Side effects

Muscle cramps

Increased heart rate

Feeling shaky/tremor

Headaches

FAQ

How long does it take for Salbutamol to work?

If used correctly, your inhaler should work almost immediately, and continue to have an effect for up to 5 hours after use.

Can I drink alcohol with Salbutamol?

Yes, you can drink alcohol with this inhaler.

How does Salbutamol work?

It works by relaxing the muscles in the lungs which opens your airways to make it easier to breathe.

What is Salbutamol?

It is a medication used in asthmatics, to relieve the acute symptoms of asthma.

Is Salbutamol the same as Ventolin?

Yes, medically Ventolin Evohalers and Salamol Salbutamol inhalers, are the same, as both contain the same amount of the active ingredient (salbutamol 100mcg).

Can I buy Salbutamol over the counter?

No, it cannot be bought over the counter because it is a prescription-only medication. If you have not previously been diagnosed with asthma, it is important to make an appointment with your local GP, so they can safely diagnose your symptoms. If you require a repeat of Salbutamol, you can purchase it after completing a short medical questionnaire.

What is the difference between Ventolin and Salamol / Salbutamol inhalers?

Ventolin is the original branded version of Salbutamol, however, both Salbutamol and Salamol/Salbutamol inhalers contain the same amount of the active ingredient.

Can I buy Salbutamol online?

Yes. If you have been previously diagnosed with asthma and prescribed Salbutamol, you can use our online service to get a repeat supply. The online supply is for a patient whose asthma is controlled. If you are finding your asthma is difficult to keep under control, you should continue to see your local doctor for your repeat medication.

 

Content Reviewed: 13/01/2021

 

Side Effects

Salbutamol can cause side effects and some are more common than others. The patient information leaflet contains a full list of side effects. Common side effects of salbutamol include:

  • A tremor/feeling shaky
  • Headache
  • A fast heartbeat or palpitations
  • Muscle cramps

If you notice palpitations or a fast heartbeat then speak to your doctor as soon as possible. It is usually harmless but needs to be assessed by a doctor.

In rare cases, it can cause an allergic reaction. If you think you have symptoms of an allergic reaction (e.g. shortness of breath, swelling of the throat, lips or tongue) seek medical attention immediately.

Reviews

Info Leaflet

Before taking any medication, it is important to read the Patient Information Leaflet. You can find information leaflets for your medicines by typing them into the search bar at medicines.org, or by contacting us.

Warnings

Interactions with other medicines

Salbutamol is generally safe with other medicines but it is not usually prescribed alongside a beta-blocker (used to treat high blood pressure or heart problems). Some medicines can increase the potassium levels in your body and if taken with salbutamol, potassium levels can increase further. Speak to your doctor or pharmacist if you are unsure about salbutamol and your other medicines.

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