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Ventolin Inhaler (Salbutamol)

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What is Ventolin?

Ventolin, a popular alternative to Salbutamol, Albuterol and Salamol, is a treatment for asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Both these conditions cause difficulty breathing, and can have a detrimental impact on daily life.

Sadly asthma cannot be cured, however, symptoms can be managed.

Ventolin is a 'reliever' inhaler, which means that it is used in instances where an attack has already started or is about to start. It relaxes the airways and relieves bronchospasms.

You can buy Ventolin online from HealthExpress as two versions - a dry-powder Accuhaler or a metered-dose, aerosol Evohaler.

Both inhalers contain the active ingredient salbutamol, which belongs to a class of medicines called bronchodilators.

Your regular doctor should already have prescribed one of these versions. If you are uncertain, please contact them for clarification.

How does this treatment work?

Inside your lungs, lots of tubes branch out like a tree. The smaller branches are known as the bronchiole - these connect to tiny sacs of air (alveoli) that supply oxygen to your blood.

During an asthma attack, the bronchiole becomes obstructed in response to irritants (such as pollen, mould spores and dust mites), making it harder for your body to process oxygen - known as a ‘bronchospasm’. This lack of oxygen causes you to experience the symptoms of an attack, including wheezing, coughing and breathlessness.

The active ingredient of Ventolin, salbutamol, is a bronchodilator. It relaxes a band of muscles that surround your airways. This allows them to widen, allowing more air to get in, and more oxygen to enrich your blood.

Ventolin 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 Accuhaler contains a 60-blister strip, each blister containing a 200mcg combination of microfine salbutamol and lactose that you inhale in dry-powder form
  • the Evohaler is an aerosol that delivers 100mcg of salbutamol in a metered-dose

How do I use this treatment?

You can buy Ventolin inhalers online from HealthExpress in dosages of 100mcg and 200mcg.

How you use your 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. Your doctor should have provided you with clear instructions on how to use it. If you are uncertain, please contact them for clarification.


When you experience signs of an attack, you should take one or two puffs of the Evohaler.

You should take two puffs before exercise or exposure to irritants.

The maximum dose is eight puffs within a 24-hour period. If you find that is not sufficient, please ask your doctor about other treatments.

The following is a summary of how to administer doses:

  • take the cap off the inhaler mouthpiece and hold the inhaler upright
  • shake the inhaler vigorously up and down
  • remove the mouthpiece
  • breathe out normally, as much as you comfortably can
  • hold the mouthpiece between your lips
  • at the same time as breathing 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



You should take one puff of the Accuhaler to relieve attacks.

You should take one puff before exercise or exposure to irritants.

Do not exceed four puffs within a 24-hour period.

The following is a summary of how to administer doses:

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 image in step 2)
accuhaler Step 2. Slide
  • you will 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. Exhale
  • 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
  • exhale slowly
accuhaler Step 5. Close
  • close your Accuhaler by sliding the thumb grip back to the original position
  • the dose counter on the top of the Accuhaler shows how many doses remain
accuhaler Step 6. Rinse
  • after use, rinse your mouth with water

What are the possible side effects?

Ventolin is unlikely to cause side effects. However, as with most prescription medication, there is still a possibility of you reacting adversely.

For a full list of reactions, precautions and contraindications, please read the patient information leaflet.

Some of the more commonly experienced side effects include:

  • arrhythmias
  • dizziness
  • headache
  • hypokalaemia
  • nausea
  • palpitations
  • tremors

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

You should also report any unlisted reactions, mild or severe.

Who can use this treatment?

If you have allergies to any of the ingredients of this medication, you should seek other treatment. A full list of ingredients will be detailed in the patient information leaflet (PIL), which can be viewed to the right of this page.

What precautions should I take?

You should always inform your doctor of any medications you are taking and conditions you suffer from. The same applies when completing HealthExpress’ online consultation.

Most people can safely use Ventolin (albuterol), during an attack or to ward off an impending attack. However, you should be cautious of your reaction if:

  • you have high blood pressure
  • you have hyperthyroidism
  • you have any heart condition

If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, please consult your doctor before starting this treatment.

Driving and operating machinery

One common side effect of this medication is dizziness. Therefore, it is important first to gauge how you react to it before driving or operating machinery.

If you find you do become dizzy or disoriented, please inform your doctor.

How can I buy Ventolin online?

You can buy Ventolin inhalers online after completing our free online consultation.

A consultation is required as Ventolin is a prescription-only medication. Our doctors need to ensure it is safe and effective for you to use. You should also already have been prescribed it by your GP.

Is it safe to buy Ventolin online?

Our doctors individually review every consultation to ensure the medication, quantity, and dosage are safe for you to use.

Ventolin info
Product nameVentolin
Active ingredient(s)Salbutamol
ManufacturerAllen & Hanburys Ltd
Lowest price£12.99
Trustpilot rating4.8/5
Trustpilot reviews952
AvailabilityIn stock
DescriptionVentolin is a reliever inhaler used to provide instantaneous relief from the symptoms of asthma
ExemptionSubject to medical prescription
Available dosage(s)100mcg, 200mcg
ApplicationMen and women over 18 with asthma
UsageInhale 2 puffs when experiencing asthmatic symptoms
Drug classBeta2 agonists, short-acting
Alcohol consumptionNo influence
Breastfeeding/pregnancyCaution is recommended, ask your doctor

Note: Decisions about treatment are for both the prescriber and the person to jointly consider during the consultation. However, the final decision will always be the prescriber’s.

Ventolin FAQs

What does Ventolin do?

Ventolin is a reliever inhaler that relaxes muscles in the airways and increases air flow to the lungs during a flare-up of asthma symptoms.

Is Salamol the same as Ventolin?

Ventolin and Salamol are both inhalers that contain the same active ingredient, Salbutamol. The main difference is that Ventolin is a brand name for salbutamol, while salamol is a generic version of the same medication.

Can you buy Ventolin over the counter?

No, Ventolin can only be bought on prescription.

How often can I use Ventolin?

Ventolin is a reliver inhaler and therefore you should take 1 or 2 puffs as and when you need it (when you have a flare-up of symptoms). You can take a maximum of 4 puffs a day. If you find that you are having to use your Ventolin inhaler regularly or more than the maximum recommended dose, then you should speak to your doctor as you may require an alternate treatment.

How many doses are there in a Ventolin inhaler?

Your Ventolin inhaler should have around 200 puffs. How long your inhaler lasts will depend on how often you need it and how many puffs you use each time.

Can you overdose on Ventolin or Salbutamol inhalers?

Yes, if you take too much of your Ventolin or Salbutamol inhaler you can experience adverse effects.

What happens if you take too much of your Ventolin inhaler?

If you take too much Ventolin, you may experience an increase in heart rate, shaking of your hands, feeling dizzy or lightheaded. If you have any of these symptoms, stop taking Ventolin and contact your healthcare provider as soon as possible.

Can I use a Ventolin inhaler while pregnant?

Yes, Ventolin is safe to use whilst pregnant but it's important to speak to your doctor or midwife before using it.

Is Ventolin a corticosteroid?

No, Ventolin is not a corticosteroid.

Is Ventolin a preventer?

No, Ventolin is a reliever inhaler.

Is Ventolin good for pneumonia?

Yes, Ventolin is sometimes prescribed for breathing difficulties associated with a pneumonia infection. This is not usually the first-line treatment and, depending on the nature of the infection, you will require antibiotics.

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