Ventolin Accuhaler 200MCG
What Ventolin Accuhaler ( ventolin Discus ) is and what it is used for
Ventolin Accuhaler contains a medicine called salbutamol. This belongs to a group of
medicines called fast-acting bronchodilators.
Bronchodilators help the airways in your lungs to stay open. This makes it easier
for air to get in and out.
They help to relieve chest tightness, wheezing and cough.
Ventolin Accuhaler is used to treat breathing problems in people with asthma and similar
conditions. This includes relieving and preventing asthma brought on by exercise or other
"triggers". These are things, which bring on asthma symptoms in some people. Common
triggers include house dust, pollen, cats, dogs and cigarette smoke.
2 What you need to know before you use Ventolin Accuhaler
Do not use Ventolin Accuhaler if:
you are allergic to salbutamol sulfate or any of the other ingredients of this medicine
(listed in section 6).
you unexpectedly go into early labour (premature labour) or threatened abortion.
you have a severe milk-protein allergy.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before taking Ventolin Accuhaler if:
your asthma is active (for example you have frequent symptoms or flare ups or limited
physical ability). Your doctor may start or increase a medicine to control your asthma
such as an inhaled corticosteroid.
you have high blood pressure
you have an overactive thyroid gland
you have a history of heart problems such as an irregular or fast heartbeat or angina.
you are taking xanthine derivatives (such as theophylline) or steroids to treat asthma.
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you are taking water tablets (diuretics), sometimes used to treat high blood pressure or
a heart condition.
Other medicines and Ventolin Accuhaler
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take
any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. This includes
herbal medicines. Remember to take this medicine with you if you have to go to hospital.
In particular tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are taking:
medicines for an irregular or fast heartbeat
other medicines for your asthma.
Ventolin Accuhaler with food and drink
You can use Ventolin Accuhaler at any time of day, with or without food.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or planning to have a
baby, ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
Ventolin is not likely to affect you being able to drive or use any tools or machines.
Ventolin Accuhaler contains lactose monohydrate
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact
your doctor before taking this medicinal product.
3 How to use Ventolin Accuhaler
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor,
nurse or pharmacist if you are not sure.
Adults, adolescents aged 12 years and over and children 4 to 11 years of age
to relieve asthma - One inhalation (200 micrograms).
to prevent asthma - One inhalation (200 micrograms) 10 to 15 minutes before exercise
or exposure to a "trigger".
the maximum dose is one inhalation (200 micrograms) four times a day.
Instructions for use
Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist should show you how to use your inhaler. They
should check how you use it from time to time. Not using the Ventolin Accuhaler
properly or as prescribed may mean that it will not help your asthma as it should.
The Ventolin Accuhaler device holds blisters containing Ventolin as a powder
There is a counter on top of the Ventolin Accuhaler which tells you how many doses
are left. It counts down to 0. The numbers 5 to 0 will appear in red to warn you when
there are only a few doses left. Once the counter shows 0, your inhaler is empty.
Do not use your inhaler more often than the doctor told you to. Tell your doctor if your
medicine does not seem to be working as well as usual, as your chest problem may be
getting worse and you may need a different medicine.
Your doctor may have told you to take more than this as an emergency treatment if your
wheezing or breathing gets very bad. It is very important that you keep to your doctor's
instructions as to how many blisters to take and how often to use your inhaler.
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Using your inhaler
1 To open your Ventolin Accuhaler, hold
the outer case in one hand and put the
thumb of your other hand on the thumbgrip.
Push your thumb away from you as far as it
will go. You will hear a click. This will open
a small hole in the mouthpiece.
2 Hold your Ventolin Accuhaler with the
mouthpiece towards you. You can hold it in
either your right or left hand. Slide the lever
away from you as far as it will go. You will
hear a click. This places a dose of your
medicine in the mouthpiece.
Every time the lever is pushed back a
blister is opened inside and the powder
made ready for you to inhale. Do not play
with the lever as this opens the blisters and
3 Hold the Ventolin Accuhaler away from
your mouth, breathe out as far as is
comfortable. Do not breathe into your
Ventolin Accuhaler. Do not breath in again
4 Put the mouthpiece to your lips; breathe
in steadily and deeply through the Ventolin
Accuhaler with your mouth,
not through your nose.
Remove the Ventolin Accuhaler from your
Hold your breath for about 10 seconds or
for as long as is comfortable.
Breathe out slowly.
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5 To close the Ventolin Accuhaler, slide the
thumbgrip back towards you, as far as it
will go. You will hear a click. The lever will
return to its original position and is reset.
Your Accuhaler is now ready for you to use
Cleaning your inhaler
Wipe the mouthpiece of the Accuhaler with a dry tissue to clean it.
If you use more Ventolin than you should
If you use more than you should, talk to a doctor as soon as possible.
The following effects may happen:
your heart beating faster than usual
you feel shaky.
These effects usually wear off in a few hours.
If you forget to use Ventolin Accuhaler
If you forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember it
However, if it is time for the next dose, skip the missed dose
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
If you stop using Ventolin Accuhaler
Do not stop using Ventolin Accuhaler without talking to your doctor.
If you have any further questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor, nurse or
4 Possible side effects
If your breathing or wheezing gets worse straight after taking this medicine, stop
using it immediately, and tell your doctor as soon as possible.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets
them. The following side effects may happen with this medicine:
Allergic Reactions (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
If you have an allergic reaction, stop taking Ventolin and see a doctor straight away. Signs
of an allergic reaction include: swelling of the face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat which may
cause difficulty in swallowing or breathing, itchy rash, feeling faint and light headed, and
Talk to your doctor as soon as possible if:
you feel your heart is beating faster or stronger than usual (palpitations). This is
usually harmless, and usually stops after you have used the medicine for a while
you may feel your heartbeat is uneven or it gives an extra beat
these may affect up to 1 in 10 people.
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If any of these happen to you, talk to your doctor as soon as possible. Do not stop using
this medicine unless told to do so.
Tell your doctor if you have any of the following side effects, which may also happen with
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
mouth and throat irritation
Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
a low level of potassium in your blood
increased blood flow to your extremities (peripheral dilatation).
Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
changes in sleep patterns and changes in behaviour, such as restlessness and
The following side effects can also happen but the frequency of these are not
chest pain, due to heart problems such as angina. Tell your doctor, nurse or
pharmacist if this occurs. Do not stop using this medicine unless told to do so.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via
the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects you can help provide more information on the safety of this
If you think this medicine is not working well enough for you
If your medicine does not seem to be working as well as usual, talk to your doctor as soon
as possible. Your chest problem may be getting worse and you may need a different
medicine. Do not take extra doses of Ventolin Accuhaler unless your doctor tells you to.
5 How to store Ventolin Accuhaler
Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
Do not store above 30°C.
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date, which is stated on the label and carton
after 'EXP'. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
If you are told to stop taking this medicine return any unused Ventolin Accuhaler to
your pharmacist to be destroyed.
Do not throw away medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist
how to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help to protect the
6 Contents of the pack and other information
What Ventolin Accuhaler contains
The active substance is salbutamol sulfate.
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The other ingredient is lactose.
Each blister contains 200 micrograms of salbutamol sulfate.
What Ventolin Accuhaler looks like and contents of the pack
Ventolin Accuhaler contains a foil strip. The foil protects the powder for inhalation from the
effects of the atmosphere.
Each dose is pre-dispensed.
Each inhaler contains 60 doses of 200 micrograms of salbutamol sulfate.
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