Ventolin inhaler is a brand of puffer containing the active ingredient salbutamol. You can buy it over the counter at a pharmacy.
Ventolin is used to help you breathe more easily when you are wheezing or when your airways (breathing tubes) feel tight. It works by opening up your airways in your lungs. As Ventolin provides quick relief for difficulty in breathing, it is called a ‘reliever’.
Ventolin is a puffer, which means you breathe the medicine in. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you are not sure how to use a puffer. They may recommend that you use a device called a spacer, which makes the puffer easier to use.
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INDICATIONS AS AT 3rd DECEMBER 2002: For the relief of bronchospasm in patients with asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and for acute prophylaxis against exercise-induced asthma or in other situations known to induce bronchospasm.
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