Salbutamol Inhaler

Use a salbutamol inhaler to reduce the symptoms of asthma

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100 mcg

1 inhaler(s) - £12.00

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How to use the salbutamol inhaler

You should only use your salbutamol inhaler when you need it, taking 1 or 2 puffs at a time. You should only use the inhaler 4 times in 24 hours. If you need more than this dose to give relief, you must speak to your doctor first.

Before using your salbutamol inhaler for the first time, you will need to check that it is working correctly.

  1. Remove the mouthpiece cover by squeezing the sides gently with your forefinger and thumb.
  2. Shake well, pointing the mouthpiece away from you, and press the canister to release two puffs into the air. If you have not used the inhaler in several days, you must shake well before use and release two puffs of medicine.

Once you are ready to use your salbutamol inhaler, the following steps will ensure you are using the inhaler correctly:

  1. Stand or sit upright before using the inhaler.
  2. Take off the mouthpiece cover and check the inside and outside to ensure the mouthpiece is clean.
  3. Shake the inhaler several times. This will make sure any loose objects are gone and the contents of the inhaler are evenly mixed.
  4. Hold the inhaler upright. Do this by placing your thumb on the base, below the mouthpiece. Breathe out as far as you comfortably can. You must not breathe in again yet.
  5. Place the mouthpiece in your mouth and be careful not to bite. Close your lips around the mouthpiece.
  6. Breathe in through your mouth. Once you start breathing in, hold down the top of the canister. This will release a puff of medicine. You should do this while still breathing in deeply and steadily.
  7. Take the inhaler from your mouth and your finger from the top of the inhaler, while holding your breath. Continue to hold your breath for several seconds, or as long as comfortably possible.
  8. If you have been advised by your doctor to take two puffs, you should wait for 30 seconds before taking another puff.
  9. Once finished, immediately replace the mouthpiece cover to prevent dust from entering.

At first, you may have trouble getting used to your salbutamol inhaler. To quickly adjust to the inhaler, you should practice in front of a mirror, to begin with. If you notice a ‘mist’ coming from the top of the inhaler, you should follow the instructions again.

If you or your child is still having difficulty using a salbutamol inhaler, you may benefit from a spacer. This is a device that helps you inhale the medication easier and inhale the whole dose correctly.

If you are pregnant, breastfeeding, or planning to have a baby, it is advised to speak to your doctor first before using salbutamol inhalers.

Medically reviewed by:
Dr Kathryn Basford

Dr Kathryn Basford is a qualified GP who works as a GP in London, as well as with ZAVA. She graduated from the University of Manchester and completed her GP training through Whipps Cross Hospital in London.

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Article created: 16 Sep 2021

Last reviewed: 16 Sep 2021

(Reviews are for ZAVA UK)

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