Salbutamol: Patient Information
Salbutamol (Ventolin) belongs to the class of medications called bronchodilators. It helps to open airways and make breathing easier.
Who should get bronchodilator?
Both of these medications are used to relieve the symptoms of asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema.
What you should know about Ventolin?
If you answer “Yes” to any of the following questions tell your doctor about this before taking your medicine:
- Are you pregnant?
- Are you breast-feeding?
- Have you been told that you are allergic to salbutamol or terbutaline?
- Are you having treatment for a thyroid condition?
- Are you having treatment for high blood pressure or a heart problem?
- Do you have diabetes?
How your medicine works?
Salbutamolrelaxes the muscles in the walls of the small air passages in the lungs. This helps to open up the airways and so helps to relieve chest tightness, wheezing and cough so that you can breathe more easily.
What are the possible side effects?
Nervousness, shaking, mouth/throat dryness or irritation, cough, dizziness, headache, trouble sleeping, or nausea may occur.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: fast/pounding heartbeat, muscle cramps/weakness.
Seek immediate medical attention if any of these rare but very serious side effects occur: chest pain, irregular heartbeat.
A very serious allergic reaction to this drug is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
What happens if I miss a dose?
Take the missed dose as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for the next regularly scheduled dose, skip the missed dose and take the next one as directed. Do not take a double dose of this medication.
What happens if I overdose?
Seek emergency medical attention. Symptoms of an overdose may include angina or chest pain, irregular heartbeats or a fluttering heart, seizures, tremor, weakness, headache, nausea, and vomiting.
Where I can store the medication?
Store At Room Temperature between 15 And 30 Degrees C. Away From Moisture And Sunlight.
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