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Read all of this leaflet carefully before you use your medicine.
This leaflet does not have the complete information about your medicine. If you have any questions about your medicine, you should ask your doctor or pharmacist (also known as a chemist).
All medicines have some risks. Sometimes new risks are found even when a medicine has been used for many years.
If there is anything you do not understand, ask your doctor or pharmacist. If you want more information, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
This medicine is only one part of a general plan to help you manage your asthma or other chest condition. You should discuss this plan with your doctor. Ask your doctor to check your treatment regularly.
The name of your medicine is Ventolin Inhaler. You may know it better as a 'puffer'.
The medicine in your Ventolin puffer is called salbutamol. Each puff contains 100 micrograms of salbutamol. There are 200 puffs in each Ventolin puffer.
Your Ventolin puffer also contains HFA-134a, a propellant. It has no other additives.
Your Ventolin puffer helps you to breathe more easily. When your chest is tight or when you are wheezing, the Ventolin opens up the breathing tubes in your lungs. Your medicine is known as a bronchodilator. Because your Ventolin puffer gives fast relief from your chest symptoms, it is often called a 'reliever puffer'.
Some people start wheezing or their chest starts to feel tight when they exercise. This is called exercise-induced asthma. If you have exercise-induced asthma, your doctor may tell you to take one or two puffs of your Ventolin puffer before you exercise. This can help to prevent the symptoms of exercise-induced asthma.
Tell your doctor:
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Your doctor will tell you if you should take your medicine. It is important that asthma is managed well during pregnancy and you should not stop your medicine without asking your doctor.
You will find the instructions on how to use your Ventolin puffers on the back of this leaflet. Follow the instructions carefully.
If your Ventolin Inhaler is new and you have not used it before, or if you have not used it for 5 days or more, you should shake it well, point the mouthpiece away from you and activate two puffs into the air before use.
The pharmacist's label will usually tell you how many puffs to take and how often to use your Ventolin puffer. If you are not sure, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Your doctor may tell you to take extra puffs of your Ventolin puffer if your chest condition suddenly gets worse. If you take extra puffs and do not get relief, tell your doctor immediately.
You should visit your doctor or pharmacist regularly to check that you are using your Ventolin puffer in the right way. If you are not breathing the medicine in correctly, the medicine may not be helping you as much as it could.
If you find it difficult to breathe in and press your Ventolin puffer at the same time, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. It may be better for you to use something called a spacer device with your Ventolin puffer. Your doctor or pharmacist will explain what this is and how to use it.
Your Ventolin Inhaler should be cleaned at least once a week. To do so:
DO NOT put the metal canister in water.
IMPORTANT: If your breathing suddenly becomes more difficult just after you have used your Ventolin puffer, tell your doctor immediately
Tell your doctor as soon as possible if:
These may be signs that your chest condition is getting worse.
Your doctor may decide to add another medicine to your treatment if your Ventolin puffer is not having the same effect as before.
Like all other medicines, your Ventolin puffer may cause some side-effects. Most of the side-effects will be minor and temporary, but some may be serious. Your doctor or pharmacist will be able to answer any questions you may have.
If you have any of the following side-effects, tell your doctor or pharmacist but do not stop using your Ventolin puffer:
If you have an allergic reaction, for example, skin rash, angioedema (sudden swelling under the skin), or a faint or dizzy feeling, you should stop using your Ventolin puffer and tell your doctor or pharmacist immediately.
In a few people, the medicine in Ventolin puffer may decrease blood potassium levels. Your doctor may do tests to check this.
If you have any other problems after using your Ventolin puffer, tell your doctor or pharmacist.
You should not take more than the number of puffs that you have been told. If you accidentally take more than recommended, you may notice that your heart is beating faster than usual, and that you feel shaky. You may also have a headache. You should contact your nearest hospital or doctor without delay.
Straight after use, replace the mouthpiece cover firmly and click it into position.
Keep your Ventolin puffer in a place where children cannot reach it.
Keep your Ventolin puffer away from frost. Do not put it in the refrigerator.
Keep your Ventolin puffer away from bright sunlight.
Keep your Ventolin puffer away from heat (store below 30°C). Do not leave it in the car on hot days.
If your Ventolin puffer becomes very cold, it may not work properly. To warm it, pull out the metal can from its plastic holder and warm it in your hand for a few minutes. Do not warm the can in any other way. Push the can firmly back into its holder before using.
WARNING: The metal can is pressurised. Do not burn it or puncture it, even when it is empty.
You will find an expiry (or use by) date on the label of the metal can. Do not use your Ventolin puffer after this date.
If you forget to take a dose, do not worry. Just take the next dose at the normal time or earlier if you become wheezy or feel tight in the chest.
Your Ventolin puffer is only for you. You should not give this medicine to someone else.
Yes. Ventolin Inhaler is called a 'reliever' puffer. There are other types of puffers that prevent wheezing or chest tightness. These puffers are called 'preventer' puffers and must be used every day. Your doctor may tell you to use a 'preventer' puffer in addition to your Ventolin puffer.
You can recycle the plastic holder and cap of your Ventolin puffer with other plastic things.
If you have any other questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Your Ventolin puffer is made by
Allen & Hanburys
A division of GlaxoSmithKline Australia Pty Ltd
Level 4, 436 Johnston Street
Abbotsford Victoria 3067
Do not throw this leaflet away.
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Ventolin® Inhaler Complete (CFC-free) 100 micrograms per metered dose salbutamol, as sulfate (AUST R 62695)
Ventolin® is a registered trade mark of the GlaxoSmithKline group of companies.
© 2011 GlaxoSmithKline
16 May 2012
Published by MIMS/myDr September 2012