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What is Ventolin and how does it work?

Regardless of its form, Ventolin contains an active ingredient called salbutamol and it works by acting on receptors in the lungs. When it stimulates those receptors, it causes the muscles in the airways to relax and the airways open as a result. In conditions like asthma or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, it is difficult for air to get in and out of the lungs and salbutamol makes it easier to breathe. This ingredient is usually taken by means of inhaler as this allows it to act directly in the lungs, that is where it is most needed. Also, the amount absorbed into the blood through the lungs is lower than if it was taken by mouth, which reduces the possible side effects in other parts of the body.

Salbutamol works quickly to relieve asthma symptoms, chest tightness and shortness of breath. It also helps those suffering from exercise-induced asthma as it opens their airways before exercising.

While taking the medication it is extremely important not to exceed to prescribed dose. Also, if the drug fails to relieve your symptoms and you need to use it more, consult your doctor immediately. This might be because your condition is worsening and needs an urgent medical attention. Do not neglect such symptoms. If you are suffering from severe asthma, you should have your blood tested regularly especially for the potassium levels since the drug may lower those levels.

The use of the drug should be consulted with the doctor and the medication should be administered with caution if the patient is suffering from any other condition including: diabetes, heart disease, high blood pressure, hyperthyroidism or arrhytmias. The drug cannot be used if the patient is allergic to any of its ingredients. Therefore, you need to inform your doctor if you are suffering from any allergies. If you experience an allergic reaction, stop using the drug and consult your doctor.

As any other drug, also Ventolin may cause side-effects. This, however, may not affect all patients but only individuals. They will depends on the individual predispositions. Some of the side-effects this drug may cause include: shaking of hands, nervousness, headache, faster heart beat, muscle cramps, low blood potassium level, narrowing of the airways. This list is by no means complete and it does not imply that all patient will experience those side-effects. Some patients do not experience any of them at all. If you want more information about any other potential risks related to this drug, carefully read the information on the label and consult your doctor who will answer all the questions you might have.

Another thing that you need to remember before you start taking this drug is to tell your doctor what medicines you are already taking, also including those over-the-counter and herbal ones. Also, while taking Ventolin, check with your doctor before taking any other medicine with this one. You always need to ensure the combination is safe and will not pose any health risks.

If you are wondering how to use the inhaler, here is some advice:

First, shake the canister well before each spray, then uncap the mouthpiece and breathe out fully. Put the mouthpiece into your mouth and breathe in slowly, at the same time pushing down on the canister. Then hold your breath for 10 seconds and breathe out slowly. If you need more inhalations, wait at least 1 minute before starting the second inhalation and shake the inhaler again. Always remember to keep the inhaler clean and dry and when it is not used, its cap should be on the mouthpiece. It is also recommended to clean it once a week: just remove the canister and place the mouthpiece under warm running water for about 30 seconds. Before you put the inhaler back together, make sure all the parts are completely dry.

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