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What is a Ventolin inhaler?

Ventolin inhalers provide quick relief during asthma attacks. The active ingredient, salbutamol, allows you to breathe more easily by opening up the airways in your lungs. Inhalers come in many different colours, but reliever inhalers like Ventolin, are typically blue. In some cases, Ventolin can be used as a preventer inhaler before exposure to a trigger, as in the case of exercise-induced asthma.

Reliever inhalers like Ventolin are also used to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) although euroClinix does not currently sell it for this condition.

Are Ventolin and salbutamol the same?

The active ingredient in Ventolin is called salbutamol. It is a fast-acting medication that is sold under many different brand names, such as Airomir, Salamol, Salbulin, and Pulvinal. Ventolin is a commonly prescribed branded salbutamol treatment.

How does Ventolin work?

During an asthma attack, the tubes through which air passes in your lungs become constricted in response to triggers like pollen or smoke. Ventolin stimulates receptors in the lungs that cause the muscles to relax, allowing more air to flow through. Salbutamol may also help decrease the inflammation which can cause asthma attacks.

The Evohaler works within five minutes to provide fast and effective relief in the event of an asthma attack. The Accuhaler is slower-acting, but works in a similar way and contains a stronger dose of the active ingredient.

How can I tell if my inhaler is empty?

Some manufacturers include a device which counts down to the number of doses, or 'puffs' left, letting you know when your inhaler is empty.

If your inhaler does not do this, you may want to track your use. You can find out how many 'puffs' the canister contains from the patient information leaflet - for Ventolin, this is usually 200 'puffs'. Mark the day you get it and keep track of how many times a day you use it so that you know when you will run out.

Is Ventolin a steroid?

Unlike preventative inhalers, which usually contain a low-dose steroid, Ventolin is a reliever inhaler that does not contain any type of steroid. The active ingredient in Ventolin is called a bronchodilator, and works by opening up the airways in the lungs.

How do I use a Ventolin inhaler?

This depends on the severity of your asthma and the type of inhaler you choose to use. If using the Evohaler, it’s generally recommended to take two puffs during or before the onset of an attack to relieve symptoms. For the Accuhaler, you would only need to take one puff (or dose).

The same dose is usually recommended if you have been prescribed to use your inhaler before coming into contact with a trigger, like exercise or exposure to pets. You should always follow your doctor’s advice when taking any medication.

What precautions should I take?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to any of its ingredients, such as salbutamol or lactose. You should inform your doctor before use if you:

  • have high blood pressure
  • have an overactive thyroid gland
  • have a history of heart problems
  • are pregnant or breastfeeding

Please ensure you complete your consultation accurately, so that the doctor can determine whether or not these are suitable for you. You should also inform your doctor about any other medications or supplements you are taking, even if they are not prescribed.

How many puffs of Ventolin is safe?

For the Evohaler, the maximum dose in a 24 hour period is eight puffs. For the Accuhaler, it is four inhalations. You may experience side effects if you go over this amount, and it could mean that your asthma is getting worse. Talk to your doctor if you find you need to use your inhaler more as you may need an alternative treatment plan.

What are the possible side effects of Ventolin?

This treatment is unlikely to cause side effects, but, as with any medication, there is a slight possibility. The two most common side effects are:

  • feeling shaky
  • having a headache

These are usually short-lived and you should notice improvement over time. For a full list of side effects, read the patient information leaflet. If you experience any side effects that you find concerning, such as an allergic reaction, you should seek medical attention.

Does Ventolin cause thrush?

Ventolin is unlikely to cause oral thrush. However, asthma inhalers which contain a corticosteroid can lead to oral thrush, as the medication in these inhalers work by suppressing the immune system, which can lead to an overgrowth of the normal flora in the mouth and throat.

Can I buy Ventolin online?

You can buy Ventolin online from euroClinix in a dosage of 100mcg (Evohaler) and 200mcg (Accuhaler). Simply complete a quick online consultation, after which our doctors will ensure that the treatment is appropriate for you. Once approved, your Ventolin inhaler will be dispatched from an accredited UK pharmacy via our next-day delivery service.

Is it safe to buy Ventolin online?

You should always be careful when purchasing prescription medication online. It is safe to buy Ventolin online if you are purchasing from a reputable source. Our UK-registered physicians individually review each consultation to ensure that this is a safe treatment for you.

euroClinix is also registered with regulatory agencies such as the Medicines & Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) and General Medical Council (GMC).

Note: You must complete a short online consultation so that our doctor can ensure that the treatment is suitable for you. The above pricing should only be used as a reference. The final decision to issue this treatment lies with the prescribing doctor.

Medically reviewed by Dr. Anand Abbot MRCGP Written by our editorial team Last reviewed 21-12-2022
Ventolin information
Product nameVentolin
Active ingredient(s)Salbutamol
ManufacturerAllen & Hanburys Ltd
Trustpilot rating4.8/5
Trustpilot reviews594
AvailabilityOut of stock
DescriptionVentolin is a reliever inhaler used to provide instantaneous relief from the symptoms of asthma
ExemptionSubject to medical prescription
Available dosage100mcg, 200mcg
ApplicationMen and women over 18 with asthma
UsageInhale 2 puffs when experiencing asthmatic symptoms
Drug classBeta2˜agonists, short-acting
Alcohol consumptionNo influence
When breastfeedingCaution is recommended, ask your doctor
When pregnantCaution is recommended, ask your doctor
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