Ventolin Evohaler is the most widely used treatment for relief of the symptoms of wheezing and breathlessness associated with asthma. Repeat supplies are available to buy from The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor for people who find it hard to see their GP to get their repeat prescription. Asthmatics should always have their reliever inhaler on their person incase it is required, The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor makes getting a repeat prescription quick, easy and affordable.
Nearly all asthmatics use Ventolin to control their asthma symptoms when they occur. Using Ventolin regularly can be a sign that your asthma is uncontrolled. If you take a brown steriod inhaler (preventer) you should ensure you take this regularly to keep your symptoms at bay and reduce use of your Ventolin inhaler.
Repeat supplies of Ventolin Evohaler are available to buy from The Independent Pharmacy Online Doctor service, following a free consultation, to help to help control asthma in those who have been diagnosed by their GP. To find out more about asthma and see all the available treatments, see our Online Doctor Asthma page.
Ventolin contains the active ingredient salbutamol and is used as a reliever in asthma. It is taken when required in response to symptoms of coughing, wheezing and breathlessness. It should help to relieve symptoms within 5 minutes. Ventolin is usually taken 1 – 2 puffs when required, up to four times daily. You should always use your Ventolin whenever you feel short of breath or wheezy; it should improve your symptoms within a few minutes. You should have a clinical management plan with your GP so that you know exactly what to do in the event of an asthma attack.
Ventolin contains the active ingredient Salbutamol Sulphate, which is mainly used to treat the condition Asthma. Ventolin Evohaler is a blue inhaler manufactured by Allen & Hanburys and is classified as a prescription only medicine (POM). Ventolin or salbutamol is used to relieve breathing problems by opening the airways in the lungs.
Salbutamol Sulphate belongs to a category of medicines called, short-acting beta-2 agonists. This type of medicine works by stimulating the beta 2 receptors found in the lungs. This stimulation causes the muscles in the airways to relax, allowing them to open up. Conditions such as asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), restrict the amount of air that can get in and out of the lungs. Using Ventolin or salbutamol will open these restricted airways, making it easier for an individual to breathe.
Salbutamol based inhalers are known as ‘relievers’ or ‘blue inhalers’. This is because when salbutamol is administered directly into the lungs it works quickly to relieve the symptoms of asthma attacks, shortness of breath, coughing, wheezing and tightness of the chest. Salbutamol can also be used prior to exercising or exposure to allergens. This can help reduce the associated wheezing that can be triggered by both.
Ventolin Evohalers are metered dose inhalers. This is sometimes referred to as an MDI or aerosol inhaler. It works to deliver a dose of salbutamol directly into the lungs. It comprises of a pressurized canister that is surrounded by a plastic case with a mouthpiece. To administer a dose, the metal canister is pushed down. This releases a measured dose of salbutamol in a fine mist spray.
You should always use your Venotlin inhaler exactly as instructed by your GP or asthma nurse. The normal dose is 1-2 puffs up to four times daily when required or unless previously directed otherwise by your doctor or asthma nurse.
To use a Ventolin Evohaler: First, shake the inhaler before taking a few gentle deep breaths. Place the mouthpiece of the inhaler in your mouth, ensuring you do not block or bite on it with your teeth. Start to breathe in slowly and deeply through the mouthpiece. As you breathe in, simultaneously push down on the metal canister to administer one dose. Continue to breathe in deeply to make sure the medicine gets into your lungs. Next, hold your breath for as al dose long as comfortably possible before gently breathing out. If another dose is required, wait for thirty seconds and then repeat this procedure. Ventolin Evohalers can be used in conjunction with a spacer device such as a Volumatic or Aerochamber.
Using a metered dose inhaler can require a degree of coordination. It is important to get your inhaler technique checked regularly by your doctor or asthma nurse to ensure you are getting the most out of your inhalers.
If Ventolin is ineffective at reducing your wheeziness or shortness of breath after two attempts (i.e 2 puffs, a gap of 5 minutes, then 2 more puffs) an ambulance should be called immediately.
You should clean your Ventolin Evohaler regularly to stop it blocking and ensure you are getting the full dose of salbutamol when you inhale. To clean your inhaler:
- Remove the metal canister and open the mouthpiece cover.
- Rinse thoroughly under warm running water.
- Leave to dry. Ensure it is completely dry inside and out.
- Replace metal canister and cover mouthpiece.
Each metered dose of Ventolin Evohaler contains salbutamol sulfate 100 micrograms as the active ingredient.
It also contains: HFA 134a.
Salbutamol (Ventolin) does not commonly cause side effects and if they are experienced they are usually mild. They can include headache, dizziness, shaking and nausea. These may be a sign of overuse. If they occur you should see you GP or asthma nurse for further advice. Please read the Patient Information Leaflet enclosed with your medicines for a full list of side effects.
If you experience any adverse effects from taking your prescribed medicine it is important to let us or your doctor know. You can call us on 0117 971 1603. In a medical emergency you should contact the emergency services or go straight to your local Accident & Emergency.
Ventolin may not be appropriate to prescribe via the Online Doctor if:
- your asthma is uncontrolled (for example you have frequent symptoms or flare ups or limited physical ability).
- you have high blood pressure.
- you have an overactive thyroid gland.
- you have a history of heart problems such as an irregular or fast heartbeat or angina.
- you are taking xanthine derivatives (such as theophylline) or oral steroids to treat asthma.
- you are taking water tablets (diuretics), sometimes used to treat high blood pressure or a heart condition.
- you are taking medicines for an irregular or fast heartbeat.
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Ventolin is a branded inhaler used for the treatment of asthma. Ventolin opens the airways to make breathing easier. It is used to treat acute asthma attacks where coughing, wheezing or shortness of breath make it difficult to breathe normally. Ventolin is known as a 'blue' or 'reliever' inhaler.
A Ventolin inhaler can be used:
- To relieve short bouts of wheezing or shortness of breath (2 puffs when required).
- Before physical exertion to prevent asthma symptoms (2 puffs, 10 -15 minutes before exercise)
- Regularly on your doctors advice (2 puffs four times a day)
Ventolin contains salbutamol, which is a beta-2 adrenoceptor agonist, commonly known as a bronchodilator. This means that it helps to open the airways and make breathing easier.
Ventolin works quickly, usually within 5 minutes of taking it and the effects usually last for between four and five hours.
One inhilation of Ventolin contains a small amount of the active ingredient (salbutamol). This is because the drug is delivered staight to the target site (the airways) and therefore less is required as there is very little wasted or broken down. For this reason, Ventolin inhalers generally have very few side effects when used properly.
Ventolin inhalers contain 100mcg of salbutamol per inhalation, dispersed in an aerosol propellant.
The CFC propellant was changed a few years ago to a HCA propellant, which doesn’t have a damaging effect on the ozone layer. The taste may be different but the medication remains unchanged
In adults, 18 years and over, the dose of a Ventolin inhaler is 1-2 puffs up to four times daily when required. You should always follow the directions given to you by your GP or asthma nurse, as stated in your asthma control plan.
It is important to practice good inhaler technique when taking Ventolin as this will mean you get the full dose on each inhilation and gain better control over your asthma. See the 'Directions' tab above for full instructions on how to properly use your Ventolin inhaler.
You should aim to use your Venolin inhaler less than once per day as this indicates that your asthma is well controlled. If you need to use your Ventolin more than this, you should see your GP to discuss your asthma treatment to ensure you are receiving the best treatment possible.
You should only use asthma inhalers that have been prescribed by your GP or asthma nurse following a face-to-face consultation. A blue reliever inhaler such as Ventolin should not be combined with other reliever inhalers such as Bricanyl or Airomir, however they can be used with brown preventer (steroid) inhalers such as Clenil, Qvar or Pulmicort. Your GP or asthma nurse will decide which asthma inhalers you should be taking depending on the severity of your condition.
Ventolin is a prescription-only asthma treatment. For that reason, to ensure the safety of our patients and the legal operating of our pharmacy, we only supply a maximum of two inhalers at one time. You should have regular asthma reviews, every 6 - 12 months, with your GP or asthma nurse; therefore asthma inhalers are not always suitable for multiple repeat issues online.
Yes, we understand that you want to get your inhalers as soon as possible, especially if you have run out. If ordered before 4pm, Ventolin is available for next day delivery.
Yes, as long as you are buying from a website that is a legally operating and regulated pharmacy it is perfectly safe to buy Ventolin online. The Independent Pharmacy is an NHS Online Pharmacy based in Bristol and has all the necessary regulation to be able to safely provide convenient access to genuine prescription treatments through our Online Pharmacy & Online Doctor. You can check our credentials in the footer of the website at any time.
It simple! Just select 'Start Consultation' above, you will need to fill in a simple health questionnaire so our GPs & Pharmacists can ensure it is safe and appropriate for us to supply your Ventolin to you. It all takes around 3 minutes and your treatment can be delivered to your door.
There are many advantages to buying Ventolin inhalers online, some include:
It's quick & easy- there is no need to spend time at the doctor or pharmacy.
Fast delivery- We offer same day dispatch before 4pm and fast delivery to your address of choice with Royal Mail.
Great prices- we are able to offer very competitive prices and we guarantee to beat any other Online Doctor service.
Tons of information - we provide all the information you could need on Ventolin/Salbutamol and other asthma treatments, in easy to digest formats, at a time to suit you.
Salbutamol was originally marketed in 1968 and is still prescribed as a first line treatment for asthma today. It works quickly and has a low occurence of side effects making it the first choice for prescribers when treating patients with asthma.
The effectiveness of Ventolin is dependent on:
- Good inhaler technique - The co-ordination needed to depress the inhaler and breathe in at the same time. As only 20% of the inhaled medication gets to the intended area when done properly, its important to do this correctly. The rest is deposited around the mouth or is swallowed and does not have an effect.
- Cleaning the inhaler - Small amounts of the powder can block the inhaler over time. Clean it by removing the metal canister & mouthpiece and running it under warm water. This will dissolve the powder and clear the blockage. Allow to dry before reassembling. Do not wash the metal canister. To stop your inhaler blocking, it is important to clean it at least once a week.
- Freon effect - When the inhaler is depressed, the propellant is released. When you feel it on the back of the throat, it can cause you to momentarily stop breathing in, resulting in the spray being deposited in the mouth.
To increase the effectiveness of your inhaler you can use it in combination with a spacer. This is a tube where the inhaler attaches at one end and you breathe it in at the other. By reducing the speed of the propellant and allowing you to breathe in at your own pace, makes the medicine more effective. Spacers should always be used in children and people who have poor inhaler technique, however they can be used by anyone who has been prescribed a Ventolin inhaler to improve inhaler technique.
Ventolin is used:
- To treat acute symptoms of wheezing, and shortness of breath when they occur.
- Fifteen minutes before physical exertion to prevent asthma symptoms.
- Regularly under instruction from your GP (taken regularly 4 times a day).
It should be used as prescribed by your Doctor and can be used continuously. It effects do not diminish over time and it can be withdrawn at anytime without any adverse effects. It is perfectly safe to use Ventolin continuously, when required, to treat asthma.
If you find you need to use it more often or its not as effective as it used to be, then contact your Doctor for further assessment. Your inhaler technique may need to be reviewed, a different inhaler may be more appropriate to use to keep you symptoms under control or corticosteroids may be necessary.
As Ventolin is inhaled, the amount of medicine required is small compared to tablets and other dosing routes. Inhaling the medicine makes it well tolerated and the side effects are minimal.
The most common reported side effects (less than 10% of patients) include a fine hand tremor, headaches and a fast heartbeat. This can indicate that you are using Ventolin too much or too often.
There is no interaction between Ventolin and alcohol.
Ventolin is well tolerated but should be used in caution (under the strict supervision of your doctor) if you are suffering with any of the following conditions:
- High blood pressure
- Irregular heart beat
- Overactive thyroid
- Heart disease
Ventolin positively acts on the beta-adrenoreceptors to dilate and relax the airways. Medicines like timolol, propranolol and atenolol belong to a group of medicines called “beta blockers” and have the opposite effect to Ventolin. As they block the effects of Ventolin they should not be taken together.
Ventolin can reduce the potassium in the body and although this effect is usually seen with nebulised or injected doses, it is important to avoid Ventolin with:
- Corticosteroids like prednisolone and cortisone (unless instructed by your doctor).
- Theophilline (unless instructed by your doctor).
- Water tablets commonly used for high blood pressure.
The use of Ventolin in pregnancy and breastfeeding should be discussed with your Doctor who will assess the benefits versus any risks to the baby.
Ventolin has no effect on fertility.
A Ventolin inhaler contains salbutamol, a bronchodilator, that helps to open the airways and make breathing easier. It works quickly to treat the acute symptoms associated with an asthma attack. Ventolin is only used 'when required' to treat asthma symptoms.
A brown inhaler like Clenil or Pulmicort contains a corticosteroid used to reduce inflammation of the airways. It is commonly prescribed if your symptoms are worsening or if you start to use your Ventolin inhaler more regularly. If taken continuously and regularly, brown inhalers can reduce the inflammation of the airways and improve your asthma symptoms. This should mean that the need for your Ventolin inhaler will reduce. A brown inhaler will not be effective in an acute asthma attack.
A Ventolin Evohaler is activated when the canister is depressed and you need to time this correctly with you breathing in to ensure you inhale the full dose. An Easi-Breathe, Autohaler, and Turbohaler are all activated by the action of you breathing in. They eliminate the difficult co-ordination needed between pressing the inhaler and breathing in at the same time and ensuring more of the medication enters the lungs.