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Medication 101: Ventolin

It’s be a while since I have done a Medication 101 so I am going to try and pop a few out now.

I’ve been taking Ventolin for nearly 3 years now, since June 2012. I’ve taken Ventolin through 2 different devices, the Ventolin Evohaler which is the typical aerosol inhaler that most people are familiar with, and then I also used the Ventolin Accuhaler for a short period from January 2013 to October 2013.

Ventolin is a brand name for Salbutamol [AKA Albuterol in the US] which is a Short Acting Beta 2 antagonist (SABA) or in layman terms a fast acting reliever inhaler. It is used to to relieve spasms in the smooth muscle around the airways which produces asthma symptoms/bronchospasm [cough, wheeze, tight chest, shortness of breath]. Most people with asthma are treated with a reliever inhaler and a preventer inhaler, and it is very important to be aware of which inhaler is your reliever. The reliever inhaler is the inhaler that is going to help you out when you are experiencing symptoms or having an attack. [Note; some people use a SMART or MART regimes, please always use your inhalers as directed by your doctor. This is simply to provide general information about Ventolin].

Doses:

The dose of Ventolin is variable. The Ventolin Evohaler contains 100mcg of Salbutamol per accusation and the Ventolin Accuhaler contains 200mcg of Salbutamol per accusation. Most people take 100-200mcg of Ventolin to relieve symptoms but may take up to 1000mcg when needed. Please phone an ambulance ASAP if your symptoms are not easing even after taking your inhaler, or if you don’t have your inhaler with you. Asthma can be very serious, don’t mess around with it.

Precautions:

Consult your doctor before you take Ventolin if you are hypersensitive to Salbutamol Sulphate or HFA 134a which is the aerosol in the Ventolin Evohaler.

Special care is also advised to be taken when taking the Ventolin Evohaler if you have high blood pressure, have an overactive thyroid or have a history of heart problem including angina or an irregular heart rhythm. Please consult a doctor or pharmacist if you call under any of those categories.

Side effects:

I have starred [*] all the side effects I have experienced when taking Ventolin.

  • Allergic reactions [affecting less than 1 in 10,000 people] – Please seek medical attention ASAP if you experience swelling of the face, lips tongue or throat, if you have difficulty with breathing, if you have difficulty swallowing, if you develop an itchy rash, if you feel faint, feel light headed or collapse.
  • Common side effects [affecting less than 1 in 10 people] – Headache*, feeling shaky*, heart palpitations* [please consult doctor about this].
  • Uncommon side effects [affecting less than 1 in 100 people] – mouth and throat irritation, muscle cramps*
  • Rare side effects [affecting less than 1 in 1,000 people] – low blood potassium levels, peripheral dilation [increased blood flow to extremities]
  • Very rare side effects [affecting less than 1 in 10,000 people] – changes in sleep patterns, changes in behaviour [e.g. restlessness, excitability

I have found that Ventolin/Salbutamol has got me out of some sticky situations but if you find that you aren’t responding to your reliever inhaler any more or you are still having issues with your asthma after taking you inhaler, go to the hospital. Don’t hang around because you aren’t sure if your symptoms are bad enough to seek medical advice. Asthma can be life threatening so be pro-active!

Source:
Patient information leaflet.

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Im tired of asthma now

I first had asthma symptoms when I was 11.
I got my first inhaler a few weeks before I was 12.
I was told that I was not asthmatic 2 months after I was 12.
I had my first proper attack when I was 13.
I was playing cricket.
I didnt tell my parents.
I borrowed a friends inhaler.
I thought that would be the end of asthma for me.
I suffered with weekly (minor) attacks until I was 16.
I then had the courage to go to the doctors.
My parents still dont believe I have asthma.
I was given ventolin on the 26th June 2012.
I was given my first peak flow on the same day.
I was given clenil modulite on the 19th July 2012.
I was given serevent on the 6th August 2012.
I was given my ventolin accuhaler on the 7th of August 2012.
I was given seretide on the 31st October 2012.
The last time I was in the green zone was the 5th November 2012.

I have been on an asthma adventure but I would like it to end soon. I know other people have asthma far worse than me and require home oxygen and numerous nebs daily and I consider myself lucky, but I still find it hard.

I first thought seretide wasn’t working on the 1st November 2012.
I am still waiting for it to work.
It isnt going to start working now.

On a Wednesday I dont start college to 11.50
It takes me 50 minutes to get to college by bus.
The doctors opens at 8.30
I will have 3 hours and 20 minutes to see a doctor on Wednesday.
I should go.
The real question is do I have the courage to tell my parents that this is a problem?

I started taking my ventolin accuhaler because I was finding it very hard to use a normal evohaler when my hands were very stiff and sore, so I did a wee bit of research and found that ventolin is also available in an accuhaler as well as the conventional evohaler.

The accuhaler has 200mcg of salbutamol inhalations rather than the 100mcg inhalations in the evohaler, so for every inhalation of the accuhaler is equivalent to 2 puffs of the standard evohaler, for me this is a benefit but maybe it isn’t for everybody, especially if you only need 1 puff of ventolin.

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I have had such a brilliant experience with my ventolin accuhaler that when i next see my asthma nurse on the 30th im going to see if i can move all of my inhalers onto DPI 🙂