Ventolin (albuterol) is a bronchodilator that relaxes muscles in the airways and increases air flow to the lungs. This medication is used to treat asthma, chronic bronchitis and other breathing disorders. It is also used to prevent asthma attacks caused by exercise. It works by relaxing the muscles in the walls of the small airways in the lungs. This helps to open up the airways and make breathing easier.
Ventolin HFA is used by vets for dogs and cats to open airways which makes breathing easier. The aerokat or aerosol chamber make it much easier to administer this inhaled medication.
We currently have the brand Ventorlin from India manufactured by GSK and the generic Asthalin inhaler from India manufactured by Cipla. It may come from other countries around the world. Ventolin comes in an inhalation aerosol and is also available in 100 mcg/200 dose and 200 mcg/60 dose strengths.
Call your doctor at once if you have a serious side effect such as:
• Bronchospasm (wheezing, chest tightness, trouble breathing);
• Chest pain and fast, pounding, or uneven heart beats;
• Dangerously high blood pressure (severe headache, blurred vision, confusion, chest pain, etc.);
• Low potassium (confusion, uneven hear rate, extreme thirst, etc.);
• Tremor, nervousness
Less serious Ventolin side effects may include:
• Cough, hoarseness, sore throat, runny or stuffy nose;
• Dry mouth and throat;
• Headache, dizziness;
• Mild nausea, vomiting;
• Muscle pain;
• Sleep problems (insomnia)
It is important to keep Ventolin on hand at all times. Get your prescription refilled before you run out of medicine completely. Use the prescribed dosage only. An overdose of Ventolin can be fatal. You must consult your doctor if you are taking any other medications as they may interact with Ventolin, including diuretics, digoxin, beta blockers, antidepressants, MAOIs and other bronchodilators. You should also inform your doctor if you are pregnant, planning to conceive or breastfeeding as Ventolin may cause harm to unborn and new born babies.