SALBUTAMOL TABLETS BP 4MG

Active substance: SALBUTAMOL SULPHATE

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Salbutamol
tablets

28 tablets
For oral use

4

mg

Each tablet contains 4.8mg salbutamol sulphate equivalent
to 4mg salbutamol.
For oral administration.
Also contains lactose, E122-see leaflet for details.
Use as directed by physician. Keep out of the reach
and sight of children. Store below 25°C in a dry place.
PL 0142/0486
Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK
50404978

Salbutamol 4mg tablets
Salbutamol sulphate

Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this
medicine
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you. Do not pass it on to others.
It may harm them, even if their symptoms are the same as yours.

• Elderly or patients known to be sensitive to this product
or other similar drugs:
Initially 2mg three or four times a day should be given.
• Children 2-6 years:
1-2mg three or four times a day.
• Children 6-12 years:
2mg three or four times a day.
• Children over 12 years:
2-4mg three or four times a day.

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Index
1. What Salbutamol tablets are and what they are used for
2. Before you take
3. How to take
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store
6. Further information

• Children under 2 years:
Not recommended.
• Premature labour:
The maintenance dose is 4mg three or four times a day.
If you take more than you should
If you (or someone else) swallow a lot of tablets at the same
time, or you think a child may have swallowed any contact your
nearest hospital casualty department or tell your doctor
immediately. Symptoms of an overdose include low levels of

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1. What Salbutamol tablets are and what they are used for
Salbutamol tablets belong to a group of medicines called
selective beta-2-adrenergic agonists, which can be used to relax
the muscles of the airways and womb. Salbutamol tablets may
be used in:
• asthma, to relieve the narrowing of the airways
• chronic bronchitis
• emphysema
• the prevention of premature labour.

potassium in the blood which may cause muscle twitching or
weakness and an irregular heart beat.
If you forget to take the tablets
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. If
you forget to take a dose take it as soon as you remember it and
then take the next dose at the right time.

4. Possible side effects

Like all medicines, Salbutamol tablets can cause side effects,
although not everybody gets them.

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2. Before you take

Do not take Salbutamol tablets and tell your doctor if you:
• are allergic (hypersensitive) to salbutamol or any other
ingredients in Salbutamol tablets (see section 6).
• have threatened abortion (potential miscarriage) during
the first six months of pregnancy.
• are taking beta-blockers such as propranolol.
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking
Salbutamol tablets if you have:

Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following side effects,
they get worse or you notice any not listed:
• an allergic reaction (hypersensitivity): swelling of the
face, lips, throat or tongue, pale or red irregular raised
patches with severe itching (hives), difficulty breathing,
low blood pressure, collapse.
• increased lactic acid in the body: rapid breathing, being
sick, stomach pain.

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• an overactive thyroid gland (thyrotoxicosis).
• diabetes
• a history of heart disease, irregular heart rhythm or angina.
Although it is not known exactly how often this happens,
some people occasionally experience chest pain (due to heart
problems such as angina). Tell your doctor/midwife if you
develop these symptoms whilst receiving treatment with
salbutamol, but do not stop using this medicine unless told to
do so.

• low blood potassium: muscle twitching or weakness,
an irregular heart beat.
• other: headaches, increased blood sugar levels, slight
shaking (usually of the hands), a tense feeling, widening
of blood vessels which can cause an increase in heart
function and heart rate, an irregular heart beat, muscle
spasm, fluid on the lungs. An increase in the amount of
acid in the body (ketoacidosis) may occur in diabetics.

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Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have
recently taken any other medicines, including medicines
obtained without a prescription. Especially:
• guanethidine, reserpine or methyldopa (to treat high
blood pressure)
• monoamine oxidase inhibitors e.g. tranylcypromine (for
depression)
• tricyclic antidepressants e.g. amitriptyline (for depression)
• beta-blockers such as propranolol

5. How to store

• corticosteroids
• theophylline (for breathing problems).
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breastfeeding tell your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine.
Sugar intolerance
If you have been told you have an intolerance to some sugars,
contact your doctor before taking this medicine, as it contains a
sugar called lactose.

6. Further information

Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
What Salbutamol tablets contain
Store below 25°C in a dry place.
• The active substance (the ingredient that makes the
Do not use Salbutamol tablets after the expiry date stated on the
tablets work) is salbutamol sulphate. Each tablet contains
label/carton/bottle. The expiry date refers to the last day of that
4.8mg of the active ingredient equivalent to 4mg salbutamol.
month.
• The other ingredients are maize starch, lactose
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household
monohydrate, dispersed pink (erythrosine (E127),
waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer carmoisine (E122), titanium dioxide (E171), sodium starch
required. These measures will help to protect the environment.
glycollate, talc, magnesium stearate.

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Ingredients warning
Salbutamol tablets contain carmoisine (E122) which may cause
allergic reactions.
Tests
If you have severe asthma, your doctor may monitor you more
closely by carrying out certain tests.
3. How to take
Always take Salbutamol tablets exactly as your doctor has told
you. If you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.

What Salbutamol tablets look like and contents of the pack
Salbutamol tablets are pink, circular, flat bevelled edge, uncoated
tablets.
Pack size is 28.
Marketing Authorisation Holder and Manufacturer
Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK.
This leaflet was last revised in April 2010

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Swallow the tablets with water
If you notice the tablets are not working as well as before,
contact your doctor for advice.
• Adults:
Usual dose is 4mg three or four times a day. Your doctor may
increase this gradually up to a maximum of 8mg three or four
times a day. Some patients may be treated successfully with
2mg three or four times a day.

Salbutamol
tablets

28 tablets

4

For oral use
Each tablet contains 4.8mg salbutamol
mg
sulphate equivalent to 4mg salbutamol.
For oral administration.
5
Also contains lactose, E122-see leaflet for details.
Use as directed by physician. Keep out of the reach
and sight of children. Store below 25°C in a dry place.
PL 0142/0486
50404978 Actavis, Barnstaple, EX32 8NS, UK

012617 008930

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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