Ventolin HFA and/or Equivalents
|Drug||Related Drug Names|
|Ventolin HFA 90mcg and/or Equivalents||Albuterol, Apo-Salbutamol HFA, Novo-Salbutamol HFA, Salamol CFC Free Inhaler, Ventolin HFA|
Ventolin HFA (salbutamol)
Ventolin HFA Description
Ventolin HFA is a medicinal drug that belongs to a class of drugs called bronchodilators. It contains the chemical albuterol which is a short acting Beta 2 adrenergic receptor antagonist used to treat bronchospasms in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Ventolin HFA helps relax the muscles in the airways and increases flow of air to the lungs. As already mentioned, Ventolin HFA helps treat bronchospasms, particularly in people suffering from reversible obstructive airway disease as well as exercise induced bronchospasm.
Conditions Treated by Ventolin HFA
Ventolin HFA is used in the treatment of bronchospasms. Albuterol, the chemical present in Ventolin, relaxes the airway muscles, allowing more air to flow into the lungs. Thus Ventolin HFA is used in treating acute asthma, certain congenital myasthenic syndromes and in providing protection against exercise induced asthma and relief during therapy of asthma and other reversible or irreversible airways obstruction (such as bronchitis).
Ventolin HFA Dosage Information
a.) Typical Dosage Recommendations
It is extremely important that you take Ventolin HFA exactly as your doctor prescribes. Be very careful not to take bigger or smaller amounts or administer the drug for a longer time than recommended and follow the directions given on the prescription label.
Usually, Ventolin HFA is taken in the form of a nebulizer or inhaler device. When you are using the device for the first time, spray around 4 test sprays into the air, keeping the device away from yourself. This is known as priming. Priming is also needed if you have not used the device for over 2 weeks, or if you have accidentally dropped the inhaler.
Keep in mind that you should use only that inhaler which comes with your prescribed medicine. Using alternate devices may not provide the exact dosage that you need. Follow these steps in order to use the inhaler:
Shake the device well before spraying • Remove the inhaler’s mouthpiece. Exhale fully and place the mouthpiece inside your mouth. Inhale slowly while pushing down on the inhaler. Hold your breath for about 10 seconds and then slowly exhale. • If you perform more than 1 inhalation at a time, wait for about 1 minute before administering the second inhalation
In order to use a nebulizer:
Measure the exact medicine amount by using the provided dropper and put the requisite amount of liquid into the nebulizer’s medication chamber • Attach the mouthpiece to the chamber and then attach it to the compressor. Sit up straight and put the mouthpiece inside your mouth. Breathe evenly and slowly till all of the medicine has been inhaled (which should take around 5 to 15 minutes).
Take very close care while storing the medication. Make sure to always keep the device at room temperature and away from any heat and moisture. Extreme heat may cause the medicine canister of the inhaler to burst.
b.) Missing a Dose
If you end up missing a dose, take the missed dose the moment you remember. If however you remember when it is time for your next dose, then skip the missed dose. Do not however take any extra medication to make up for this missed dose.
If you overdose on Ventolin HFA, seek medical attention right away.
Ventolin HFA Warnings
Ventolin HFA can prove to be harmful if you happen to be suffering from certain conditions. You should consult a doctor or a pharmacist for dose adjustments or special tests to make sure it is safe for you to take the drug if you happen to be suffering from the following medical conditions:• Seizure disorder (e.g. epilepsy) • Diabetes • Irregular heart rhythm • Heart disease • Overactive thyroid • Congestive heart failure • High blood pressure
While using Ventolin HFA, you should take extreme caution in making sure that you do not get any of the medication into your eyes. In case you accidentally spray the drug into your eyes, rinse immediately with water and seek immediate medical attention.
Additionally, you should avoid taking Ventolin HFA if you are allergic to albuterol, the chemical contained in the drug.
Ventolin HFA Side Effects
As with most other drugs, Ventolin HFA has a number of side effects. If you exhibit allergic reactions to Ventolin HFA such as:
- swelling of tongue
- swelling of lips
- inflammation of throat
- swelling of face
- appearance of rashes
- excessive itching
- difficulty in breathing
you should seek emergency medical help right away and consult your doctor immediately. The more serious side effects of using Ventolin HFA include:
- Extremely high blood pressure
- Chest pain
- Uneven and irregular heart beats
- Tachycardia (rapid heart rate)
- Bronchospasm exhibited by trouble in breathing
- wheezing and tightness in the chest
- Hypokalaemia or low potassium levels exhibited by thirst
- discomfort in the legs
- increased urination
- confusion and muscle weakness
- Myocardial ischemia
Less serious side effects of using Ventolin HFA are:
- Dryness in the throat and mouth
- Sore throat and runny nose
- Muscle pain
The above is not however an exhaustive list and other side effects may arise upon using Ventolin HFA.
Possible Drug Interactions with Ventolin HFA
Ventolin HFA can prove to be harmful if used in tandem with certain other drugs. Make sure to inform your doctor about the following drugs if you are to take Ventolin HFA:
- Tenormin (atenolol)
- Inderal (propranolol)
- other bronchodilators such as:
- MAO inhibitors such as:
- diuretics such as water pills
- Antidepressants such as:
The above however is not an exclusive list and there are other drugs which should not be used simultaneously and concurrently with Ventolin HFA. Hence, it is extremely important that you inform your doctor about any and all medications that you happen to be using at the time of taking Ventolin HFA.
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Notice: The above information is an educational aid only. It is not intended as medical advice for individual conditions or treatments. Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before following any medical regimen to see if it is safe and effective for you.