Ventolin is prescribed for the treatment of breathing problems in patients who suffer from asthma or other airway diseases. In some cases it may also be used for breathing problems caused due to exercise.
However, your doctor may also prescribe Ventolin for other conditions if found appropriate.
How to use Ventolin
The ideal way to use Ventolin is to follow the instructions of your doctor. An alternative way is to check the medicine label for dosage instructions.
The dosage may also differ according to the condition it is being used to cure and the severity of it.
For treatment of asthma symptoms such as wheezing, breathlessness and tightness in your chest:
Adults: One or two puffs to relieve symptoms or two puffs 10-15 minutes before exercise or exposure to a trigger.
Children: One or two puffs to relieve symptoms or 10-15 minutes before exercise or exposure to a trigger.
For normal and regular treatment:
Adults and children: Two puffs up to 4 times a day.
Preferably, Ventolin should be taken at the same time each day to help maintain a regular routine for taking it.
You must not stop taking Ventolin without consulting your doctor even if you attain relief after a short while post starting treatment.
Drug Class and Mechanism
Ventolin is a bronchodilator that relaxes the smooth muscles of the airway and allows more air to flow in and out easily.
It is important that you maintain a strict schedule for taking Ventolin to ensure that you do not miss any doses. But if you do, then you may take it as soon as you remember provided that you space out the next dosage accordingly.
On the other hand, if it is almost time for the next dose, then omit this dose and continue with your normal dosage schedule.
Never consume two doses to compensate for a missed dosage.
Store Ventolin between 59 to 77 degrees F (15 and 25 Degrees), at room temperature. Ensure that you protect it from direct exposure to heat/moisture/light and from the reach of children and pets.
Avoid storing Ventolin in the bathroom.
Consult your doctor before using Ventolin if you have a history of heart problems, (eg, fast or irregular heartbeat, low blood output), blood vessel problems, high blood pressure, or low blood potassium levels, if you have a history of seizures, diabetes, an overactive thyroid, kidney problems, or an adrenal gland tumor (pheochromocytoma), if you have ever had an unusual reaction to another sympathomimetic medicine (eg, pseudoephedrine), if you are taking a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (eg, phenelzine) or tricyclic antidepressant (eg, amitriptyline), or if you have taken either of these medicines within the last 14 days if you have any kind of allergies to food items, medicines or other substances, if you are using some kind of herbal preparation, dietary supplement, prescription or non prescription drug.
Do not use Ventolin if you are allergic to any of the ingredients in it (read medicine label if unsure), you are using another short-acting sympathomimetic bronchodilator (eg, metaproterenol).
If you are pregnant or have plans for a pregnancy, then consult your doctor before using Ventolin as Ventolin may harm your fetus.
If you are breast feeding then please maintain caution as it is unknown whether Ventolin is passed into the breast milk. So please consult your doctor prior to using it.
Ventolin can interact with certain medicines. So, you must inform your doctor if you are taking Diuretics (eg, furosemide, hydrochlorothiazide), Catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT) inhibitors (eg, entacapone), MAOIs (eg, phenelzine), short-acting sympathomimetic bronchodilators (eg, metaproterenol), stimulants (eg, amphetamine), sympathomimetics (eg, pseudoephedrine), or tricyclic antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline), Beta-blockers (eg, propranolol), Digoxin.