Ventolin (Salbutamol), is used for the management of Asthma and COPD. This inhaler contains a proven medicine to help knowledgeable self-administering patients control their chronic condition.
Salbutamol was the first selective β2-receptor agonist to be marketed - in 1968. The drug was an instant success, and has been used for the treatment of asthma ever since.
The benefits for people with chronic respiratory conditions when using Ventolin are usually:
Indications and Uses:
- Quick acting treatment of asthma bronchospasms
- Quick acting treatment of shortness of breath due to exercise or overexertion (Exercise-Induced Bronchospasm)
Albuterol belongs to a class of drugs known as bronchodilators. It works in the airways by opening breathing passages and relaxing muscles. Controlling symptoms of breathing problems can decrease time lost from work or school.
Albuterol medicines, like Salbutamol, have been shown in most controlled clinical trials to have more effect on the respiratory tract, in the form of bronchial smooth muscle relaxation, than other inhalants at comparable doses while producing fewer cardiovascular effects. Controlled clinical studies and other clinical experience have shown that inhaled albuterol, like other beta-adrenergic agonist drugs, can produce a significant cardiovascular effect in some patients, as measured by pulse rate, blood pressure, symptoms, and/or electrocardiographic changes.
How to Use a Ventolin Inhaler:
(A) Read the Patient Instructions provided in the box before you start using this medication and each time you get a refill. Follow the illustrated directions provided here for proper use of the product, . If you find it difficult to use this inhaler correctly, it may help to use a spacer device with this inhaler.
(B) Follow the instructions for test sprays in the air (priming) if you are using a new canister, or if you have not used it for 4 weeks or longer. Avoid spraying the medication in your eyes.
(C) Before each dose, shake the inhaler well. Inhale this medication by mouth, usually every 4 to 8 hours as needed or as directed by your doctor. Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not increase your dose or use it more frequently than prescribed by your doctor. If you are not feeling any benefit from the medicine, then contact your doctor.
(D) If you are using this medication to prevent asthma brought on by exercise, inhale 2 puffs 15 to 30 minutes before exercise or as directed by your doctor.
(E) Keep track of the number of inhalations you use, and discard the inhaler after you have used the labeled number of inhalations on the product package. Test sprays used to prime the inhaler should also be counted.
(F) Clean and dry the inhaler at least once a week, it should also be cleaned anytime it appears to be clogged or is not working properly.
Other Important Cautions about Using this or any other Inhaler:
If this medication stops working well, or if your breathing symptoms become worse, or if you need to use this medication more frequently than usual, seek immediate medical attention.
Learn which of your inhalers you should use every day and which you should use if your breathing suddenly worsens. Ask your doctor what to do if you have worsening cough or shortness of breath, wheezing, increased sputum, or worsening peak flow meter readings. Learn when you can self-medicate and when you should get medical help right away.
Important notes for U.S. Customers needing Asthma Inhalers: http://www.bestmedicaldirect.com/asthma-inhalers-removed-us-market.htmlAs with all medicines, ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information or advice regarding your specific condition and whether this medicine is the proper choice for you.
Anatomical therapeutic chemical and disease classification codes:
- NDC 0173-0682
- NDA 20983
- CAS number 18559-94-9
- ATC code R03AC02 R03CC02
- PubChem CID 2083
- IUPHAR ligand 558
- DrugBank DB01001
- UNII QF8SVZ843E
- KEGG D02147
- ChEBI CHEBI:2549
- ChEMBL CHEMBL714
- Manufacturer: GlaxoSmithKline, Shanghai Branch
- Ingredient: Salbutamol Sulfate [Salbutamol (INN) or Albuterol (USAN)]
This is often sold and branded under other names, including Ventoline, Ventilan, Aerolin, Ventorlin, Asthalin Asthaven, Proventil, ProAir, depending on the various regions and distribution channels being studied.