Ventolin HFA (Albuterol Sulfate): Full Information

Ventolin HFA (Albuterol Sulfate): Full Information

Ventolin HFA

GENERIC NAME(S): Albuterol Sulfate

Albuterol (also known as salbutamol) is used to prevent and treat wheezing and shortness of breath caused by breathing problems (such as asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). In conditions like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, e.g. emphysema and chronic bronchitis), the airways become narrowed and it's difficult for air to get in and out of the lungs. By opening the airways, salbutamol makes it easier to breathe. (Read full information about of salbutamol: What is salbutamol?) It is also used to prevent asthma brought on by exercise. It is a quick-relief drug. 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. works by relaxing the muscles in the walls of the small airways in the lungs. This helps to open up the airways and make breathing easier.

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To make sure you can safely use Ventolin, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

heart disease, high blood pressure, or congestive heart failure;

a heart rhythm disorder;

a seizure disorder such as epilepsy;

diabetes; or

overactive thyroid.

How to use Ventolin?

Read the Patient Information Leaflet provided by your pharmacist before you start using this medication and each time you get a refill. Follow the illustrated directions for the proper use of this medication and proper cleaning of the mouthpiece. If you have any questions, consult your doctor or pharmacist.

Shake the canister well before using. Follow the instructions for test sprays in the air if you are using a canister for the first time or if you have not used it for 2 weeks or more, or if the inhalerhas been dropped. A fine mist is a sign that the inhaler is working properly. Avoid spraying the medication in your eyes.

Inhale this medication by mouth as directed by your doctor, usually every 4 to 6 hours as needed. Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to treatment. Do not increase your dose or use this drug more often than prescribed without your doctor's approval. Using too much of this medication will increase your risk of serious (possibly fatal) side effects. You can take Ventolin Evohaler at any time of day, with or without food.

Always have this quick-relief inhaler with you. 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. Also count test sprays used to prime the inhaler.

Side Effects of Ventolin

bronchospasm (wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing), especially after starting a new canister of this medicine;

chest pain and fast, pounding, or uneven heart beats;

tremor, nervousness;

low potassium (confusion, uneven heart rate, extreme thirst, increased urination, leg discomfort, muscle weakness or limp feeling); or

dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, buzzing in your ears, anxiety, confusion, chest pain, shortness of breath, uneven heartbeats, seizure).

Less serious Ventolin side effects may include:

headache, dizziness;

sleep problems (insomnia);

cough, hoarseness, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose;

mild nausea, vomiting;

dry mouth and throat;

muscle pain; or

diarrhea.

Ventolin HFA

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Dosage of Ventolin

Aerosol inhaler: The usual dose to relieve asthma symptoms is 1 to 2 inhalations (also called "puffs") for people 12 years of age and older, and 1 puff for children 6 to 11 years of age. More puffs may be needed to relieve symptoms during a more severe attack.

The usual dose for long-term treatment of asthma is 1 to 2 puffs (or 1 puff in children 4 years and older) 4 times per day. The maximum daily dose is 8 puffs for adults and 4 puffs for children.

For preventing exercise-induced asthma, the usual dose is 2 puffs before exercise for adults and 1 puff before exercise for children.

Nebulizer solution: For people over 12 years of age, the usual dose is 2.5 mg to 5.0 mg up to 4 times per day. For children 5 to 12 years of age, the usual dose is 2.5 mg up to 4 times a day.

Diskus: The usual dose to relieve asthma symptoms for adults and children 4 years and older is 1 inhalation as needed. The usual dose for long-term treatment of asthma is 1 inhalation 3 to 4 times per day. The maximum daily dose is 4 puffs per day. For preventing exercise-induced asthma, the usual dose is 1 inhalation 15 minutes before exercise.

Always keep your salbutamol inhaler with you to use immediately for an asthma attack.

It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you are using inhaled salbutamol on a schedule and you miss a dose, use it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not use a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice

Who might need a lower Ventolin dose or extra monitoring?

People with heart disease.

People with an irregular heartbeat(arrhythmia).

People with high blood pressure(hypertension).

People with an overactive thyroid gland(hyperthyroidism).

People with diabetes.

People with a low level of potassium in their blood.

Ventolin while Pregnancy

It is important that asthma is well controlled in pregnant women because severe asthma attacks can be dangerous to the pregnancy. Wherever possible, asthma medications should be taken by inhaler, as this minimises the amount of medicine that enters the bloodstream and crosses the placenta. Salbutamol inhaler can be taken as usual during pregnancy. For further medical advice talk to your doctor or pharmacist.

Salbutamol may pass into breast milk in small amounts. However, in general, salbutamol inhalers can be used as normal during breastfeeding, because the amount of medicine that passes into the breast milk after using an inhaler is negligible and unlikely to harm the baby. For further advice talk to your doctor or pharmacist

Storage of Ventolin

Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children. The contents of the canister of the inhaler are under pressure and may explode if heated. Do not place it in hot water, near radiators, stoves, or other sources of heat. The Diskus should be stored in a dry place at a temperature not more than 30°C. The respirator solution and nebules should be protected from light. Respirator solution that has not been used within 1 month of opening the container should be discarded appropriately.

Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.

There may be an interaction between salbutamol and any of the following:

beta-blockers (e.g., propranolol, labetolol, nadolol, sotalol)

betahistine

caffeine

carvedilol

certain diuretics (e.g., hydrochlorothiazide, furosemide)

dextroamphetamine

digoxin

dipivefrine

dobutamine

dopamine

nabilone

naphazoline

norepinephrine

other bronchodilators (e.g., salmeterol, terbutaline)

oxymetazoline

phenylephrine

pseudoephedrine

Warnings of Ventolin

This drug may make you dizzy. Alcohol or marijuana can make you more dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do anything that needs alertness until you can do it safely. Limit alcoholic beverages. Talk to your doctor if you are using marijuana.

Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).

Learn to use a peak flow meter, use it daily, and promptly report worsening breathing problems (such as readings in the yellow/red range, increased use of quick-relief inhalers).

Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.

Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do

The safety and effectiveness of using the inhaler form of salbutamol have not been established for children less than 4 years of age. The safety and effectiveness of using the nebulizer solution have not been established for children less than 5 years of age. All children should be supervised by an adult when using this medication.

Remember, keep this and all other medicines out of the reach of children, never share your medicines with others, and use Ventolin only for the indication prescribed.

Ventolin is not likely to affect you being able to drive or use any tools or machines.

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