What are Ventolin Inhalers?

What are Ventolin Inhalers?

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Ventolin inhalers are used to treat the breathlessness, coughing, and wheezing that are symptoms of asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Salbutamol is the active ingredient of Ventolin inhalers or puffers, which are packaged in blue.

It functions by relaxing the lungs' airway muscles, which improves breathing. Because they provide immediate relief from breathing issues when you need it, these inhalers are sometimes known as "reliever" inhalers. If you use ventolin inhalers as directed by your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse, they are safe and effective with few side effects. These are safe to use in pregnancy and while breastfeeding.

Use your ventolin inhaler only when necessary. This may be when you experience symptoms like coughing, wheezing, shortness of breath, or tightness in your chest, or when you are about to engage in an activity you know would leave you gasping for breath, such as climbing stairs, playing or exercising. Within a few minutes, you should notice a difference in your breathing.

Ventolin inhalers can be used by the majority of adults and kids of all ages. For some people, salbutamol is not a good choice. If you have ever experienced an allergic reaction to salbutamol or any other medication, check with your doctor before beginning the use of the inhaler to be sure it's safe for you. Ventolin inhalers are only available on prescription.


Both adults and kids should typically use their inhalers in the following ways:

When necessary, 

  • take 1 to 2 puffs of ventolin
  • no more than 4 times in a 24-hour period (regardless of whether you have 1 puff or 2 puffs at a time)

Sometimes people take ventolin inhalers to stop the onset of respiratory symptoms. This might occur before a trigger like exercise or pet exposure. The standard dosage in this instance is still 1 or 2 puffs at a time.

More than 4 inhaler uses in a 24-hour period could indicate that your illness is worsening and that you require new medication.

You can use your inhaler more and take up to 10 puffs during a severe asthma attack. Always shake the inhaler between each puff after waiting 30 seconds.

A nebulizer can be used to administer Ventolin for the treatment of severe asthma attacks. A nebulizer is a device that dispenses medication as a mist that must be inhaled through a mask. Your doctor will probably prescribe this for you.

How to use a Ventolin inhaler

Inhalers can be challenging to use, and poor technique can result in very little medication reaching your lungs where you need it.

Using a Ventolin inhaler is not difficult. Read the printed manufacturer information sheet from inside the package before using your inhaler. The brochure explains how to use the inhaler, how to keep it clean, and how long you can use it before getting a replacement. It also includes diagrams.

It's crucial that you correctly use your inhaler. This will ensure that the proper amount of medication enters your lungs and that you receive the most benefit. Ask your doctor, pharmacist, or nurse to see you using your inhaler if you are unsure how to use it.

Common side effects

After taking 1 or 2 puffs from their inhaler, more than 1 in 100 persons experience severe negative effects.

If these or any other side effects annoy you or do not go away, speak with your doctor or pharmacist:

  • feeling jittery for a short while 
  • quicker heartbeat (but no chest pain)
  • headaches

These side effects are not harmful, and as your body becomes acclimated to the medication in the Ventolin inhaler, they ought to gradually get better.

If used correctly, Ventolin is a safe and very effective medication. There are hardly any negative effects.