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Ventolin Diskus is a medication used for the treatment of bronchospasm associated with asthma, chronic bronchitis, and other breathing disorders by people who cannot use inhalers.
Ventolin contains salbutamol sulfate, which belongs to a class of medications called bronchodilators, and more specifically, β2-adrenergic agonists. It helps to prevent asthma during exercise and widens the airways to improve breathing.
Use and Dosage
Ventolin Diskus is a dry powder inhaler that is suitable for many patients, including those who cannot use a metered-dose inhaler. To use the Ventolin Diskus, patients are instructed to take a deep breath and exhale fully, then place the mouthpiece in the mouth and inhale rapidly and deeply. To use Ventolin Diskus, follow the following procedures:
- Take the Diskus out of the foil wrapper. Once the foil wrapper is opened the Diskus must be used within two months.
- Hold the Diskus level with one hand.
- Place the thumb of the other hand on the thumb grip.
- Push your thumb away from you until the Diskus clicks. It will open the Diskus so you can see the mouthpiece.
- Hold the Diskus level and slide the lever away from you until the Diskus clicks. It will load the medication. Keep the Diskus level so you don't lose the medication. Hold the Diskus level away from your mouth and gently breathe out. Never exhale into to Diskus.
- Seal your lips around the mouthpiece.
- Inhale rapidly and deeply. Continue to take a full, deep breath.
- Hold your breath for up to ten seconds. It allows the medication time to be deposited in the airways.
- Breathe normally.
- Close the Diskus by placing your thumb on the thumb grip. Pull your thumb toward you until the discus clicks. The mouthpiece will be hidden, and the lever will be reset.
- Rinse your mouth out with water and spit the water out (don't swallow it). Rinsing your mouth can cut down on some side effects, like a white coating on your tongue (a yeast infection called thrush) or a sore throat.
Use Salbutamol exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not use a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Common Side Effects of Ventolin Diskus (Salbutamol):
- Difficulty sleeping
- Dry or irritated throat
- Faster heartbeat (usually temporary)
- Hyperactivity (children)
- Pounding heartbeat
- Tremor (shakiness)
- Unusual taste in the mouth
- Viral infections of the nose and throat (fever, sore throat, runny nose)
Serious Side Effects of Ventolin Diskus (Salbutamol):
- Chest pain or discomfort
- Difficulty urinating
- Hallucinations (children)
- Swelling of lips, face, tongue, or throat
- Difficulty breathing, fainting, increased wheezing, or chest tightness
- Increased blood pressure
- Irregular or pounding heartbeat
- Muscle cramps or pain
- Muscle pain
- Persistent muscle cramps
- Sensation of spinning
- Severe dizziness
- Sudden worsening breathing problems after using medication
Forms and Strength
Ventolin Diskus (Salbutamol) is available in the following forms and strength:
Ventolin Diskus: Diskus w/ device
- Patients should not exceed the prescribed dose of Salbutamol, as excessive use may lead to an increased incidence of adverse effects or possibly worsen asthma symptoms.
- Salbutamol inhalers should only be used for treating asthma or other breathing problems as directed by a healthcare professional. It should not be used for other conditions unless advised to by a doctor.
- Patients with heart problems or high blood pressure should use Salbutamol cautiously and under the guidance of a healthcare professional.
- Rarely, Salbutamol may cause paradoxical bronchospasm (an asthma attack that worsens instead of improving after using the inhaler). If this occurs, patients should stop using the inhaler and seek medical attention immediately.
- Salbutamol may interact with other drugs, so patients should tell their healthcare provider if they are taking any other medications or supplements.
- Patients who have a history of hypersensitivity or allergic reactions to Salbutamol or any of its components should not use Ventolin Diskus.
- Ventolin Diskus may interact with beta-blockers, other sympathomimetic drugs, or diuretics. Patients who are using any of these medications should use Ventolin Diskus cautiously and under the guidance of a physician.
- Ventolin Diskus may not be suitable for patients with certain medical conditions, such as diabetes, thyroid problems, or liver or kidney disease. Patients with these conditions should consult with their healthcare provider before using Ventolin Diskus.
- Excessive use of Ventolin Diskus may result in decreased effectiveness over time. If patients find that they need to use the inhaler more often than usual or if their symptoms become worse, they should consult with a healthcare provider.
- Finally, if patients experience any severe or persistent side effects while using Ventolin Diskus or have concerns about its use, they should contact their healthcare provider.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)
How often can I use my Salbutamol inhaler?
The frequency of Salbutamol inhaler use depends on the individual patient and their condition. Patients are typically instructed to use an inhaler as needed to relieve breathing problems or prevent asthma attacks.
Can I use a spacer with my Salbutamol inhaler?
Yes, using a spacer can help improve the effectiveness of the inhaler and reduce the risk of side effects. Patients should consult with their healthcare provider to determine if a spacer is appropriate for their specific condition.
How long does the effect of a Salbutamol inhaler last?
The duration of the effect of a Salbutamol inhaler can vary based on the individual patient and their condition. Generally, the effects last for four to six hours, but some patients may experience relief for longer or shorter periods of time.
Can Salbutamol inhalers be used during pregnancy?
Salbutamol inhalers are generally considered safe to use during pregnancy, but patients should consult with their healthcare provider before using any medication during pregnancy.
It's important to purchase Ventolin Diskus from verified Canadian pharmacy.