SALT INFORMATIONSalbutamol(2.5 mg)
Salbutamol is used to prevent reversible airways obstruction occurring during asthma, infections of airway passages (bronchitis), lung disorder in which the flow of air to the lungs is blocked (emphysema), and other lung diseases.
* Common: Feeling shaky, headache. * Uncommon: Fast, irregular, pounding, or racing heartbeat or pulse. * Rare: Hyperactivity in children, increased blood flow to your extremities, muscle cramps, cough, difficulty breathing, difficulty with swallowing, hoarseness, noisy breathing, redness of the skin, shortness of breath, skin rash, slow or irregular breathing, swelling of the mouth or throat, dry mouth, tightness in the chest, wheezing.
* Salbutamol interacts with beta blockers like propranolol and causes severe constriction of airways.It also interacts with theophylline, aminophylline, methyldopa, drugs used for depression, furosemide, steroids, digoxin and atomoxetine. * Always consult your physician for the change of dose regimen or an alternative drug of choice that may strictly be required.
MECHANISM OF ACTION
Salbutamol is an adrenergic receptor (?2) agonist. It worksby relaxing the muscles in the walls of the small airways in the lungs, whichhelps to open up the airways and make breathing easier.
Always follow the instructions of doctor regarding the dosage and durationInhalational dosage: * Adults: Take one puff (200 micrograms). Do not take more than 4 puffs (800 micrograms) in a day. * Children (4 to 11 years): 200 micrograms. In case of chronic therapy in children, 200 micrograms four times a day dosage is advised.Oral (Solution/syrup): * Adults: Two 5 ml spoonful (10ml), 3 or 4 times per day which may be increased to a maximum of four 5 ml spoonful (20ml), 3 or 4 times per day. * Children: 2.5 ml of syrup three times daily, which may be increased to 5 ml of syrup three or four times daily. This medication is not recommended in children less than 2 years old.Oral (Tablets): * Adults: 4mg three or four times per day. * Children (>2 years): 1 to 2 mg three or four times per day. * Children (<2 years): Not recommended.
DOs and DON'Ts
* Use salbutamol inhalation exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. * Always keep the inhaler upright during the loading of the dose and administration steps. * If you can feel a slightly sweet tasting powder in your mouth after inhaling, you have received the dose and the active substance has reached your lungs. * During use, regularly wipe the mouthpiece with a fibre-free tissue or soft cloth. * Always replace the inhaler cap after you have used the inhaler. * Always tell your doctor if you suffer from an over active thyroid gland. * Take special precaution if you experience chest pains. * Take special care with salbutamol if you suffer from any disease of the heart
* Do not use salbutamol if you are allergic to salbutamol or any of the other ingredients contained in your inhaler. * Do not use salbutamol to treat premature labor or a threatened miscarriage.
Q. Is salbutamol a steroid/ an antibiotic/ a cough syrup/ a betablocker/ contains steroid/ addictive/ a rescue inhaler?Salbutamol (also available as Asthalin, Ventolin, Albuterol) is a beta receptor agonist used to prevent and treat wheezing, difficulty breathing, chest tightness, and coughing caused by lung diseases such as asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is a rescue inhaler for asthma. It is not a steroid or contains steroid or an antibiotic. It is not an addictive drug. Q. Does salbutamol need prescription?Yes. Salbutamol is available only by prescription.Q. Is salbutamol/ Asthalin/ Ventolin safe during pregnancy?Salbutamol is only recommended for use during pregnancy when there are no alternatives and benefit outweighs risk. Always consult your doctor regarding its use.Q. Is salbutamol safe/ safe for babies?Salbutamol is safe if used at prescribed doses for the prescribed duration as advised by your doctor.Q. Does salbutamol cause drowsiness/ increased heart rate/ increase blood pressure/ weight gain?Salbutamol may cause light headedness, increased heart rate or increased blood pressure; however it is not known to cause drowsiness or weight gain. Consult your doctor if you experience such side effects.
* Summary of Product Characteristics. https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/PIL.21478.latest.pdf * Patient Information Leaflet. https://www.medicines.org.uk/emc/PIL.21478.latest.pdf
Can I take Salbair (2.5mg) during pregnancy?
Studies in animals have shown risk to fetus, however there are no sufficient studies in humans. This drug may be used in pregnant women if benefit outweighs the risk. Patients should follow the advice of the doctor regarding its use.