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What is Ventolin?
Ventolin is a drug, which is used to treat diseases of the respiratory system. The main active ingredient is albuterol. It has a significant bronchodilator effect, concentrating in the blood vessels of the bronchi.
It has an invaluable property to prevent and interrupt the emerging bronchospasm. The medication is also able to reduce the resistance that occurs in the respiratory tract, while the vital capacity of the lungs increases.
The agent reduces the release of histamines, contributes to the expansion of the coronary arteries of the circulatory system.
The drug facilitates the work of the lower parts of the respiratory system – the lungs and bronchi.
This drug is intended for quick (5 minutes) relief of severe bronchospasm. It is used in such diseases as:
- bronchial asthma, incl. with bronchospasms;
- chronic obstructive bronchitis, COPD;
Ventolin gives short-term (4-6 hours) bronchodilation with airway obstruction.
How to use Ventolin?
The drug is used for inhalation only.
To make inhalation:
- shake the spray can;
- exhale the air from the lungs;
- insert an aerosol mouthpiece into your mouth, clasping it with lips on all sides;
- press the bottom of the can and take a deep breath (simultaneously);
- hold your breath for as long as possible.
Usually, patients need 1 dose. The action comes in about 5 minutes.
If it becomes clear that 1 dose of the drug is not enough, then a patient can administer 1 more dose of albuterol. At the same time, the interval between inhalation of these two doses should be at least 30 seconds.
To prevent an attack during physical activity or contact with an allergen, inhale 2 doses.
With prolonged maintenance therapy, make 2 inhalations 4 times a day.
The maximum daily dosage is 8 doses per day.
Children aged 4 to 12 years take 50% of the adult dose.
This drug can cause the following side effects:
- allergic reactions – edema, allergic urticaria, paradoxical bronchospasm, hypotension, collapse;
- nausea, vomiting;
- hypokalemia, lactic acidosis;
- tremor, convulsions, hyperactivity;
- myocardial ischemia;
- fever, injuries;
- tachycardias, arrhythmias, high blood pressure;
- irritation of the mucous throat and oral cavity.
Do not use Ventolin together with non-selective beta-blockers like propranolol. The drug is not contraindicated for use in patients who are treated with MAO inhibitors but may increase the risk of side effects related to the cardiovascular system. The use with xanthines, corticosteroids, diuretics, cardiac glycosides increases the risk of hypokalemia.
Never use this medication if you have any of the conditions/diseases listed below:
- hypersensitivity (allergy) to one of the components;
- hyperthyroidism, thyrotoxicosis;
- gastric or duodenal ulcer;
- severe cardiovascular disease.
With caution: tachyarrhythmia, arterial hypertension, IHD, myocarditis, diabetes, epilepsy, gastrointestinal stenosis.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
The use of Ventolin during pregnancy can be recommended only when the expected benefit to the mother outweighs the possible risk to the fetus. Albuterol can be excreted into breast milk, so its use during breastfeeding can be recommended only when the expected benefit to the mother exceeds the potential risk to the baby.
Restrictions on the use: tachyarrhythmia, ischemic heart disease, severe arterial hypertension, heart disease, myocarditis, severe heart failure, aortic stenosis, thyrotoxicosis, diabetes mellitus, pheochromocytoma, severe renal or/and hepatic failure.
The increased need to use bronchodilators indicates an exacerbation of the disease. In these cases, you should consult your doctor and review the treatment plan.
Overdose of albuterol can cause tachycardia, weakness, hypokalemia, high blood pressure, cramps, muscle tremors. In case of overdose, treatment should be symptomatic.
There is no data on the effect of albuterol on the ability to drive a car and other mechanisms.
Bronchodilation drugs should not be the only or main drugs in the treatment of patients with severe or unstable bronchial asthma.
Keep the drug in a place inaccessible to direct sunlight. Storage temperature should not exceed 30° C.
Do not freeze the medication!