Ventolin Inhaler

Use a Ventolin inhaler to relieve asthma symptoms like coughing and wheezing.

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100 mcg

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How to use the Ventolin inhaler

It is recommended to take 2 puffs of the Ventolin inhaler when needed, up to a maximum of 4 times in 24 hours. Should you need to take more, you must visit A&E as you could be having a severe asthma attack. Some people may only need 1 puff to relieve asthma symptoms. When taking a dose, asthma symptoms should begin to go within 5 minutes. Your doctor will advise on how many puffs you should take.

Before you use the Ventolin inhaler for the first time, you must test it first.

  1. Gently squeeze the sides of the inhaler with your forefinger and thumb to remove the mouthpiece cover.
  2. Shake the inhaler well and point the mouthpiece away from you.
  3. Push the canister down which will release two puffs of medicine. Make sure to shake well if you have not used the inhaler for 5 days or longer.

Once you have tested the inhaler to ensure it works, it is important to start breathing as slowly as possible just before you use the inhaler.

  1. Sit upright or stand when 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 so any loose objects are removed, and contents are mixed evenly.
  4. Hold the inhaler upright. You should do this with your thumb on the base. Breathe out as far as you can. You should not breathe in again yet.
  5. Place the mouthpiece in your mouth and close your lips around it. Be careful not to bite.
  6. Breathe in through your mouth. Press down on the top of the canister when breathing in to release a puff of medicine. You should do this while breathing deeply and steadily.
  7. Hold your breath and take your finger from the top of the inhaler and from your mouth. Continue to hold your breath for a few seconds.
  8. If you have been advised to take two puffs, wait 30 seconds before taking another. You should keep repeating steps 3 to 7.
  9. Once finished, you must replace the mouthpiece cover immediately. This will keep out dust.
  10. Replace the cover. Do this by pushing firmly and clicking into position.

The Ventolin inhaler can be used any time of day or night, with or without food. If you are pregnant, planning to have a baby, or currently breastfeeding, you should ask your doctor for advice before using the inhaler.

If you take more puffs than you should and are concerned about side effects, you should see a doctor as quickly as possible. This could cause you to feel shaky or your heart to beat faster than normal.

If you are struggling to use the Ventolin inhaler, your doctor may recommend using a spacer. These are empty tubes that are normally made from plastic. They can be slotted onto the mouthpiece of your inhaler on one end, with a mouthpiece for you to use on the other end. The medication will collect in the spacer so you can breathe it in without wasting any.

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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