Ventolin (also referred to as Salbutamol and Albuterol) is a β2-adrenergic receptor agonist used for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease treatment. The most spread brand names of the drug are Proventil, ProAir, Vospire, AccuNeb.
Ventolin is a derivative of acetophenone, which is get from salicylic acid, so salbutamol has the prefix "sal" in its generic name.
Ventolin is mainly used in two case, to treat chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and to relieve bronchospasm caused by allergies, or asthma of any type. Patients usually have good tolerance to the drug and helps to relieve bronchospasm in urgent cases.
The drug is also applied in conditions of cystic fibrosis, along with ipratropium bromide, acetylcysteine, and pulmozyme and various types of congenital myasthenic syndromes.
If you any of the following symptoms appear or they rapidly worsen, promptly inform your attending doctor or prescriber: nervosity, tremor, cough, mouth, throat and face dryness or irritation, nausea, giddiness and strong headache may occur.
It’s worth remembering that most patients don’t have any side effects or they are insignificant, Ventolin has been prescribed because your doctor has judged that it has more benefits for you and and the risk of negative effects is quite low.
We strongly recommend to immediately contact the prescriber and get medical help if in any of the following side effects appear:
- acute pain in chest
- irregular or pounding heartbeat
In rare cases, Ventolin may cause sudden breathing difficulties, some forms of paradoxical bronchospasm. Furthermore urgently get help if you notice wheezing.
Any allergic reactions to the components of this medicine are rare. But it’s quite recommended to get medical help if you have any signs of severe allergic reaction, including:
- skin eruption
- tongue and throat swelling
- breathing worsening
Remember that here is not the full list of probable negative effects. Contact your attending doctor if you experience any other symptoms.
The medicine is strictly contraindicated to some people and others should use it with special care. For the person, whom Ventolin was prescribed to, it’s quite important to know his full medical history. Your attending physician should not prescribe it if you are intolerant to any component of the medicine or have:
- a low level of in-blood oxygen
- a cardiopathy or any heart diseases
- a threatened miscarriage
- diabetes of varying severity
- premature labour with any complications
To avoid any undesired effects it’s strictly recommended to contact your prescriber if Ventolin became unsuitable for your or if you became intolerant. It may rarely happen.
Moreover the drug is prescribed with special care to children under four years. It should be checked by the prescriber that Ventolin doesn’t have any undesired effects during the process of assessing suitability to take Ventolin.