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How can I buy Ventolin online safely?

It is possible to buy Ventolin inhalers online safely after taking our free online consultation. This is necessary to ensure you are safe to use the inhalers and to ensure you can receive them as soon as possible. Your consultation will be reviewed by one of our partner doctors and with our free premium delivery service, you can receive your inhalers the next day (or same day if in London).

What is Ventolin?

Ventolin, also known as salbutamol or albuterol, is available in many forms. It is most commonly used as an inhaler and reliever, which means that it is used in instances where an attack has already started or is about to start.

When Ventolin is used, it almost immediately goes to work to help relax and open the airways to allow air to flow more easily. It is used for the relief of bronchospasms in conditions such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Ventolin can be used by both men and women over 18, with asthma.

How does Ventolin work?

The Ventolin inhaler is available in two forms, as an Accuhaler and as an Evohaler. Both types of inhaler are extremely effective in providing relief from an attack, although they may do this in slightly different ways. The plastic Accuhaler contains a 60-blister strip, each blister containing a 200mcg combination of microfine salbutamol and lactose. The pressurised Evohaler device delivers 100mcg of salbutamol in a dose, and can act within just five minutes to provide effective relief.

During an asthma attack, the bronchiole becomes obstructed in response to a particular irritant, and this is known as bronchospasm. Ventolin works as a beta-adrenergic receptor agonist, which means that it stimulates beta receptors around the body, in particular, those around the airways. Stimulating beta receptors in this area causes muscles to relax, and allows more air to pass through to ease breathing. Salbutamol also has the ability to help with inflammation of cells prompted by an allergic reaction.[1]

What are the benefits of Ventolin?

Ventolin inhalers come with a number of benefits that you can experience. These include:

  • This treatment can be used to provide relief from the symptoms of an asthma attack, therefore promoting almost immediate relief from wheezing, tightness and shortness of breath.
  • In serious cases, Ventolin inhalers can be used alongside preventative treatments to reduce inflammation and mucous production.
  • Ventolin evohaler contains a propellant called HFA-134a, which means it's less harmful to the environment than older inhalers.
  • Ventolin inhalers can be used to prevent asthma brought on as a result of exercise (exercise-induced bronchospasm).
  • Controlling the symptoms of asthma by using Ventolin inhalers can decrease time lost from work or school.
  • Asthma symptoms can be relieved after just one or two puffs from the inhaler.

Who can use Ventolin?

Most asthmatic people can safely use Ventolin (albuterol), during a reaction or to ward off an impending asthma attack. However, if you are allergic to the active ingredient in the Ventolin inhalers, salbutamol or lactose in the case of the Accuhaler, alternative treatments should be used.

Make sure that you inform your doctor if you have diabetes, heart disease, hyperthyroidism, arrhythmias, if you are pregnant or if you have any other medical condition or are taking any other medications.

Because the way in which you take both the Ventolin Accuhaler and the Evohaler doses, you may prefer one type of inhaler over the other, if you find that you have difficulty using a certain type of inhaler.

How to use Ventolin?

You can buy Ventolin inhalers on HealthExpress in a dosage of 100mcg and 200mcg. For environmental reasons they are now propelled by HFA making the inhalers safe for use. How you should use your Ventolin inhaler will depend on the severity of your condition, the medications you are currently using and whether you are using it as a preventative treatment or for relief. Generally, as a relief treatment it is recommended that you take two puffs of the Evohaler as and when it is needed to deal with an attack, or one puff of the Accuhaler.

The maximum dose during a 24-hour period is eight puffs.[2] Please ensure that you read through the patient leaflet before using your Ventolin inhaler.

  • Take the cap off the inhaler mouthpiece and hold the inhaler upright. Shake the inhaler vigorously up and down.
  • Remove the mouth piece
  • Breathe out normally as far as you comfortably can
  • Hold the mouthpiece between your lips.
  • At the same time as you first start to breathe in, press the top with your finger to spray the medicine.
  • Remove the inhaler from your mouth and hold your breath for up to 10 seconds and breathe out slowly.
  • If you need more than one dose, start again from step 3.


How to use the Ventolin Accuhaler

accuhaler Step 1. Open
  • Holding your Accuhaler in one hand (as shown), place the thumb of your other hand on the slider grip.
  • Open your Accuhaler by pushing the thumb grip right around until it clicks.
  • The mouthpiece should now be fully visible (see photo in step 2).
accuhaler Step 2. Slide
  • You'll also see the lever.
  • Hold the mouthpiece towards you and push the lever away from you until it stops.
  • The number in the dose-counter window will be reduced by one.
accuhaler Step 3. Breathing out
  • Breathe out as much as possible.
accuhaler Step 4. Inhale
  • Put the mouthpiece to your lips.
  • Breathe in steadily through your Accuhaler (not through your nose).
  • Remove your Accuhaler and hold your breath for about 10 seconds.
  • Breathe out slowly.
  • Rinse your mouth with water after using your Accuhaler.
accuhaler Step 5. Close
  • Close your Accuhaler by sliding the thumb grip back to the original position.
  • This makes your Accuhaler ready to use again next time.
  • The dose counter on the top of the Accuhaler shows how may doses are left to use.
accuhaler Step 6. Rinse mouth with water after using

What are the side effects of Ventolin?

Usually Ventolin inhalers aren't likely to cause side effects, but as with most prescription medication there is still a possibility of this occurring. Some of the most common side effects experienced by users aren't likely to be serious and include:

  • Throat irritation
  • Cough
  • Muscle pain

If you do experience these symptoms they should clear up with regular use of the medication, if symptoms still persist then ensure you seek further help from your doctor.

What are the precautions for Ventolin?

There are a number of precautions that should be carefully considered before using a Ventolin HFA inhaler. These can be found below:[3]

  • If you are allergic to any of the ingredients found within Ventolin, you should refrain from using it.
  • Before using Ventolin, you should talk to your doctor if you have a history of heart problems, have high blood pressure, or if you have an over-active thyroid gland.
  • You should also avoid using Ventolin if you are taking xanthine derivatives (such as theophylline) or steroids to treat asthma. This is also the case if you are using water tablets (diuretics).
  • When using Ventolin inhalers, you should also speak to a doctor if you are currently taking medicines for an irregular or fast heartbeat, or other medicines for your asthma.
  • You should talk to a doctor if you are considering using a Ventolin inhaler during pregnancy or whilst breastfeeding.
Dr Hilary Jones Independent Medical Adviser

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