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What is Ventolin Evohaler?
Ventolin Evohaler is an inhaler containing the active ingredient salbutamol, used to treat breathing problems in people with asthma and similar conditions. Ventolin can be used to prevent and treat asthma brought on by exercise or triggers such as house dust, pollen, pets or cigarette smoke.
What is the recommended dosage?
The recommended dosage for Ventolin Evohaler depends on your age, and whether you’re taking it as a preventative or a reliever.
For adults and adolescents aged 12 years and over
- To relieve asthma: One or two puffs
- To prevent asthma: Two puffs 10-15 minutes before exercise or exposure to a trigger
- For regular treatment: Two puffs up to 4 times a day
For children under 12
- To relieve asthma: One puff. Two puffs if required.
- To prevent asthma: One puff 10-15 minutes before exercise or exposure to a trigger. Two puffs if required.
- For regular treatment: Two puffs up to 4 times a day
Neither adults or children should exceed the maximum dose of 8 puffs in one day and you must always follow your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist’s advice.
If you take more than you should, seek medical advice as soon as possible. You may feel shaky, hyperactive, or notice your heart is beating faster than usual.
If you forget to take your usual dose, take it as soon as you remember, unless it’s already time for the next dose. Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
How to use your Ventolin Evohaler
When you’re using your Ventolin Evohaler for the first time it is important to check if it’s working correctly by testing it. To test your inhaler, remove the mouthpiece cover, shake the inhaler, then point the mouthpiece away from you and press the canister down to release two puffs into the air. You should do this every time you go 5 days or more without using the inhaler.
To use the inhaler, start by sitting upright and breathing as slowly as possible. Remove the mouthpiece cover and check the inhaler to make sure the mouthpiece is clean.
Shake the inhaler 4 or 5 times, then hold the inhaler upright with your thumb on the base and take a deep breath out.
Place the mouthpiece in your mouth and take a deep breath in. Just after starting to breathe in, press down on the top of the canister to release a puff of medicine. Keep breathing in steadily and deeply.
Hold your breath for as long as is comfortable. If you need to take another puff, wait about 30 seconds before you take another one.
How to clean your Ventolin Evohaler
Keeping your inhaler clean is really important, to prevent it from becoming blocked. You should clean it at least once a week by following these steps:
1. Remove the metal canister from the plastic casing and remove the mouthpiece cover. You must not put the metal canister in water.
2. Rinse the plastic casing thoroughly under warm running water.
3. Dry the plastic casing thoroughly inside and out.
4. Replace the metal canister into the plastic casing and put on the mouthpiece cover.
How does salbutamol help to relieve asthma?
Ventolin Evohaler contains 100mg of the active ingredient salbutamol. Salbutamol belongs to a group of medicines called fast acting bronchodilators. These work by helping the airways in your lungs to stay open by relaxing the muscles, making it easier for air to get in and out and relieving chest tightness, wheezing and coughing.
What is asthma?
Asthma is a common condition that causes breathing difficulties, affecting over 10% of the UK population. It affects people of all ages, usually starting in childhood but sometimes developing for the first time in adults. The most common symptoms of asthma are:
- A tight chest
Whilst there’s no cure for asthma, these symptoms can be managed easily with daily treatment or the occasional use of a reliever inhaler, like the Ventolin Evohaler.
Signs of an asthma attack
Asthma symptoms can sometimes become severe, usually due to triggers like exercise or allergies. This is known as an asthma attack, and can be a medical emergency. These are the signs you may be experiencing an asthma attack:
- Your asthma symptoms are getting worse
- Your reliever inhaler is not helping
- You’re too breathless to speak, eat or sleep
- Your breathing is getting faster and it feels like you cannot catch your breath
If you think you’re having an asthma attack, you should sit upright and try to take slow, steady breaths. If you do not have your reliever inhaler with you, or if it’s not helping to relieve your symptoms, you should call 999 for an ambulance.
When should Ventolin Evohaler not be used?
Salbutamol is usually safe for most adults and children, however you should not take Ventolin Evohaler if:
- You are allergic to salbutamol sulfate or any of the other listed ingredients
- You unexpectedly go into early labour or threatened abortion (miscarriage)
You should talk to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking Ventolin Evohaler if:
- You are pregnant or planning to have a baby
- You are breastfeeding
- Your asthma is active and you experience frequent symptoms or flare-ups
- You have high blood pressure
- You have an overactive thyroid gland
- You have a history of heart problems
- You are taking xanthine derivatives (such as theophylline) or steroids to treat asthma
- You are taking water tablets (diuretics), sometimes used to treat high blood pressure or a heart condition
- You are taking any medicines for an irregular or fast heartbeat, or other medicines for asthma
Are there any side effects?
As with all medicines, there is the possibility of side effects, but these won’t affect everybody. If you are experiencing signs of an allergic reaction, stop taking Ventolin Evohaler straight away and seek urgent medical attention. Symptoms can include: swelling of the face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing, itchy rash, feeling faint, lightheadedness or fainting. You should also talk to your doctor as soon as possible if you experience heart palpitations or chest pain. Other side effects may include:
- Feeling shaky
- Mouth and throat irritation
- Muscle cramps
- A low level of potassium in your blood
- Increased blood flow to your extremities (peripheral dilatation)
- Changes in your sleep patterns or changes in behaviour, such as restlessness and excitability
If you experience any side effects, including any not included in the patient information leaflet, you can report them using the MHRA Yellow Card Scheme.
Do I need a prescription for Ventolin Evohaler?
You do need a prescription for Ventolin in the UK. Our healthcare professionals can provide prescriptions if they think this treatment would be right for you and your condition. When you click the button which reads “Start Consultation” at the top of this page, you’ll see a short questionnaire set up by our healthcare team which is designed to help them understand your medical needs. Just like an in-person consultation with your GP, our doctors will assess your answers to their questions and write a prescription for the treatment they think will be best for you. You’ll then be able to pay for your medication and we’ll send it out to you quickly and in discreet packaging.
Store below 30°C, away from frost and direct sunlight. If the inhaler gets very cold, take the metal canister out of the plastic case and warm it in your hands for a few minutes before use. Do not puncture, break or burn the metal canister. Keep out of sight and reach of children and do not use after the expiry date stated on the packaging, referring to the last day of that month.
This product is a medicine; make sure to speak to your doctor or Chemist4U pharmacist before taking this product if you have an underlying medical problem or are taking any other medicine or complementary therapy. If your symptoms get worse or continue after taking this product, contact us or your doctor. For medical services in your area, please refer to https://www.nhs.uk
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, speak to your doctor or our pharmacist before taking this product. If you suffer from any allergies, ask your doctor or our pharmacist if this medicine is right for you.
Store all medicines out of sight and reach of children.
Please read the included leaflet carefully before using this product.
Please contact your GP if appropriate regarding this product.
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If you are concerned about addiction to 'over the counter' medication, we urge you to visit the below links for professional help and advice:
- Salbutamol Sulfate
The active substance is salbutamol sulfate.
The other ingredient is HFA 134a.
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