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What is Ventolin Evohaler?
Ventolin Evohaler is used to treat breathing problems in people with asthma and similar conditions. This includes relieving and preventing asthma brought on by exercise or other triggers. Ventolin Salbutamol Inhalers are known as reliever inhalers which can prevent an asthma attack, as it helps to relieve symptoms of asthma making an attack less likely.
What is asthma?
Asthma is a common lung condition that causes occasional breathing difficulties and can affect people of all ages. The main symptoms of asthma are:
- A whistling sound when breathing (wheezing)
- A tight chest
These symptoms can temporarily feel worse, which is known as an asthma attack.
How can a Ventolin Inhaler help symptoms of asthma?
Ventolin Evohaler contains a medicine called salbutamol which belongs to a group of medicines called fast-acting bronchodilators. This type of medicine helps the airways in your lungs to stay open, which makes it easier for air to get in and out. They help to relieve chest tightness, wheezing and cough. It can relieve and prevent asthma brought on by exercise or triggers such as:
- House dust
- Cigarette smoke
How to use Ventolin
Always use this medicine exactly as described in the patient information leaflet or as advised by your doctor or pharmacist.
Instructions for use
- To help identify that the inhaler is Ventolin, there is an embossed letter V on the plastic case
- Ventolin Evohaler produces a fine mist, which you inhale through your mouth into your lungs- if you are unsure how to use your inhaler, seek advice from your doctor
- Each Evohaler canister provides 200 puffs
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
The maximum dose is 8 puffs in a 24 hour period.
Children under 12 years of age:
- 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 four times a day
The maximum dose is 8 puffs in a 24 hour period.
Testing your inhaler
When using the inhaler for the first time, test that it is working. Remove the mouthpiece cover by gently squeezing the sides with your thumb and forefinger and pull apart. To make sure it works, shake it well, point the mouthpiece away from you and press the canister to release two puffs into the air. If you have not used the inhaler for 5 days or more, shake it well and release two puffs of medicine into the air.
Using your inhaler
It is important to start to breathe as slowly as possible just before using your inhaler.
1) Stand or sit upright when using your inhaler
2) Remove the mouthpiece cover- check inside and outside to make sure that the mouthpiece is clean and free of objects
3) Shake the inhaler 4 or 5 times to ensure that any loose objects are removed ant that the contents of the inhaler are evenly mixed
4) Hold the inhaler upright with your thumb on the base, below the mouthpiece. Breathe out as far as is comfortable. Do NOT breath in again yet
5) Place the mouthpiece in your mouth between your teeth. Close your lips around it- do NOT bite
6) Breathe in through your mouth. Just after starting to breathe in, press down on the top of the canister to release a puff of medicine. Do this while still breathing in steadily and deeply
7) Hold your breath, take the inhaler from your mouth and your finger from the top of the inhaler. Continue holding your breath for a few seconds or as long as is comfortable
8) If your doctor has told you to take two puffs, wait about half a minute before you take another puff by repeating steps 3-7
9) After use, always replace the mouthpiece cover straight away to keep out dust. Replace the cover by firmly pushing and clicking into position
Do NOT use this inhaler more often than a doctor has advised. Tell your doctor if your medicine does not seem to be working as well as usual, as this could be an indication that your chest problem may be worsening and you may need a different medicine.
When NOT to use this medicine
Do NOT use Ventolin Evohaler if you are allergic to salbutamol sulfate or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (see ingredients tab for full list) or you go into early labour.
Talk to your doctor or a pharmacist before taking Ventolin Evohaler if:
- Your asthma is active – your doctor may start or increase a medicine to control your asthma such as an inhaled corticosteroid
- 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 takin xanthine derivatives or steroids to treat asthma
- You are taking water tablets (diuretics), sometimes used to treat high blood pressure or a heart condition.
- You are pregnant or breast-feeding
Can you take Ventolin Salbutamol with other medicines?
Speak to your doctor or a pharmacist before taking this medicine if you have recently taken or might take other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. This includes herbal medicines. Remember to take this medicine with you if you have to go to hospital. In particular tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are taking:
- Medicines for an irregular or fast heartbeat
- Other medicines for your asthma
If your breathing or wheezing gets worse straight after taking this medicine, stop using it immediately and tell your doctor as soon as possible.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. Discontinue use immediately and seek medical advice if you experience:
- Signs of allergic reaction – Swelling of the face, lies, mouth, tongue or throat, which may cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing, itchy rash feeling faint and light headed
Seek advice from your doctor if:
- You feel your heart beating faster or stronger than usual (palpitations)- this is usually harmless and usually stops after you have used the medicine for a while
- You may feel your heartbeat is uneven or it gives an extra beat
- Feeling shaky
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