Ventolin – The World’s Best Known Asthma Inhaler
Designed to conveniently treat the breathing problems most commonly associated with asthma, Ventolin inhalers help people to breathe easily and avoid the onset of a fully-fledged asthma attack. Sufferers of asthma are advised to keep an inhaler at hand at all times.
Asthma is a disease that affects the airways that carry air in and out of the lungs and can make it more difficult to take in the oxygen that the body needs. It is estimated that every year 1500 die as a result of asthma in the UK alone, the result of a severe reaction that occurs in the body and ultimately makes it impossible to breathe.
Ventolin saves lives by enabling sufferers of asthma to breathe easily even at times when the airways are irritated.
When a substance irritates the airways of an asthma sufferer, their symptoms will become apparent. These include chest tightness, shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing. These symptoms are all the result of an asthma sufferer’s inflamed airways narrowing in an attempt to keep irritants out and producing increased mucus.
Ventolin is an easy to carry, discreet inhaler that allows patients to inhale a drug that works directly on the airways that are experiencing difficulty. It opens the airways, relaxes the muscles and allows people to continue breathing as normal. Importantly, Ventolin also helps patients to stay calm when these early symptoms appear, avoiding irregular, panicked breathing that would be likely to intensify the asthma attack.
Asthma is a disease that cannot be cured. Instead, sufferers must learn to manage their asthma, to spot the signs of an attack and to remedy early symptoms of breathing difficulties before they develop and intensify. When the symptoms of the beginnings of an asthma attack occur, the airways are tightening and mucus is being released into them at an increased rate. Air cannot move through the airways quickly and easily, which could potentially deprive the body of oxygen if left untreated.
Ventolin contains an active ingredient called salbutamol, which is a type of bronchodilator. This means that the medicine relaxes the airways, causes them to dilate and keeps them more fully open. The end result is that patients can inhale and exhale breath with ease
Ventolin can be prescribed to any patient who is suffering from asthma and who may require the use of the medication at any time. It is also possible that Ventolin can be used to treat other patients with similar breathing difficulties.
Ventolin should not be used by anybody who is or may be allergic to any of the ingredients in the medicine. In addition, those with high blood pressure, a history of heart problems or an overactive thyroid may need to take special care when using the medicine. Please inform our doctors of any of the above conditions.
Ventolin inhalers contain 100mcg of the active ingredient salbutamol that is delivered through the air as you inhale. You should usually take one or two puffs of your inhaler when you feel the onset of asthmatic symptoms such as shortness of breath or chest tightness, although some patients benefit from taking two puffs up to 4 times a day as a preventative measure.
For best results, you should be upright when you are using your inhaler. After removing the cap, check inside the mouthpiece to ensure that it is clean and free of foreign objects that may be inadvertently inhaled. Next, shake the inhaler to mix the contents fully and, after breathing out, take a deep breath in. As you start to draw breath, press down on the top of the inhaler canister to release the medicine.
Ventolin is a very commonly used medicine and causes very few side effects. The occasional side effects that have been reported by other patients include headaches, mouth and throat irritation, and a feeling of dizziness. These side effects are unlikely and should disappear quickly, but if you are concerned about them, contact your doctor.
In some very rare cases, patients can find that they are allergic to the ingredients of Ventolin. The symptoms of this include facial swelling and shortness of breath. In addition, some patients have reported signs of increased blood flow to the extremities after taking this medicine. In the event of any of these symptoms, stop using this treatment and seek medical attention immediately.