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Ventolin for Asthma, acute User Reviews

Ventolin has an average rating of 3.8 out of 10 from a total of 26 reviews for the treatment of Asthma, acute. 19% of reviewers reported a positive experience, while 54% reported a negative experience.

Ventolin rating summary

3.8/10 average rating

26 ratings from 26 user reviews.

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Reviews for Ventolin

  • KathyFt
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • June 30, 2021

"Since the introduction of the new metered dose both my son (27yrs) and myself find the delivery is no longer the same as the predecessor. We feel we are using more to get the same effect because two puffs no longer gives the same relief. I have no idea why companies seek to make improvements without adequate testing on those who require the medication because from those I have asked directly, no one was happy with the so called improvement."

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  • Jazabee
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • May 17, 2021

"I have used ventolin since 1986 successfully. Since introducing the meter dose to the product I find ventolin not effective, my voice has become husky the medication does not doing the job anymore it sits on my throat . I have spoken to other suffers of asthma and a few have said the same. I have no choice but to change product after all these years. I can’t afford to risk a fatal asthma attack plus I noticed asthma deteriorating even with preventive medication being taken. I hope the manufacturer will look into this problem."

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  • Karen
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • June 24, 2020

"I've been using Ventolin for 25 years and NOW its causing dizziness. It also doesn't work like it used to. Ive noticed and clearly others have noticed that theres a problem with these inhalers. GSK needs to be investigated. I don't get these effects from a nebulizer."

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Frequently asked questions

  • Gigi
  • May 29, 2018

"Hi- I just wanted to add my two cents to the conversation regarding Ventolin. Ventolin does NOT help me at all when I have an asthma attack. I use Pro-Air and though it is not great it at least helps me to get a breath and breathe. Yes, I've been told numerous times they both contain Albuterol. All I can figure is the inert ingredients are not the same or possibly where they are manufactured, ventolin (UK), Proair (US). I surely wish Ventolin (salbutamol) helped me, it's the only inhaler my insurance covers/pays for and Proair costs me $70 a month to not go to hospital. Sometimes ginger tea helps me till I can get a refill. Hope this review helps someone."

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  • Ozzth...
  • March 15, 2013

"I can't believe I suffered so long before I went to the doctor and he prescribed Ventolin to me. It has made my breathing so much easier. The only negatives at all is sometimes I'm dizzy for a while after using it, but that's to be expected."

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  • Vera
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • March 29, 2020

"Teva-Salbutamol or Generic ventolin is dangerous. I had to take one because ventolin is currently gone. What a horrible product. I'm using 8 puffs to get the same relief from the regular ventolin which also doesn't work as well anymore. I cannot believe this product is allowed on the market."

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  • 5Mile...
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • January 4, 2015

"Asthma for 40 years. Ventolin/Salbutamol works quickly and well to relieve an attack. Severe attacks respond to much higher doses in a nebulizer. It does come with erratic heart rates however, so should not be over used and should be accompanied by a corticosteroid inhaler like Becotide. (It is ridiculous that both Ventolin and Becotide had to be rejiggered to not use CFC gases for propulsion. Neither has been as good since)."

10 / 10
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  • Gennie
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • December 30, 2019

"I have been using this product for 35 years. It's quality has gone down hill ever since the govs outlawed CFCs. It is not the same formulation. I have also noticed inconsistencies with the product. One time I can get one that works great and another time I need 6 puffs just to get a little relief. This company needs to be examined by health Canada. Pharmacists have told me that this product isnt what it used to be."

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  • David
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • August 19, 2022

"Ventolin has changed!! a lot and simply now does NOT work when needed. Also I selected 1 - 6 months because I don't need it very often as the breathing problems is normally triggered by other problems live allergic reactions, flu's etc."

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  • Angel
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • March 1, 2018

"Wow. I’m completely surprised by the reviews on this. I think it goes to show every human being is different. Ventolin does nearly nothing for me. I was looking around to see how others felt. Mind blown."

4 / 10
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  • Navaj...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • August 6, 2022

"Something has changed, once my asthma was controlled, now just over a year I've quadrupled my puffs, and I've noticed it's either not working or takes longer to work. I've been asthmatic on and off for over 30 years and if I hear another person say "maybe your not using your puffer correctly" please! the medicine I believe is being watered down. Also, I'm using the same medication as a 8 year old!!! How can we have the same respiratory system? We obviously don't, but some Dr prescribed us the exact same puffer! Ventolin are making millions off our suffering"

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  • David
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • August 15, 2022

"The genuine Ventolin inhaler back in 2010 was absolutely perfect. The medication did it's job within seconds and only took up to 2 doses for effective results. Now today in 2022 with the counter built in and most likely other changes in the background that are not mentioned this product is basically useless!!. For example you can take more than 10 doses at once with hardly any effect or results. Not to mention when the counter shows about 50 the medication basically does not even spray from the plastic holder. If a person has an Asthma attack they can not spend many minutes cleaning a blocked up medication due to a ridiculous counter, putting more plastic into our environment."

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  • Noa
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • July 12, 2022

"Since the changes my asthma has escalated 10 X, Ive gone from mild to using 200 puffs a week. I think they're actually making people worst, everyone I know who's asthmatic is having issues with this crap"

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  • Kim
  • Taken for 1 to 6 months
  • September 27, 2021

"My son has had asthma for 12 years and the new metered ventolin is useless after about 100-120 doses, you can see the difference in a new inhaler and one that has been used. The pressure is low and less medicine is delivered. We now throw out the new metered ventolins after 100-120 doses. I can’t believe that they have haven’t noticed the difference and wish were able to choose the non metered ventolin. Very disappointing and a waste of money."

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  • dicea...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • September 29, 2016

"I was admitted to hospital for an asthma attack. Had never taken any kind of breathing medication before, even though I'd had trouble with breathing (shortness of breath, tight chest, can't take deep breaths) for a while. I was given Ventolin. I didn't respond to the first few puffs through the inhaler and chamber spacer, so they gave me burst therapy, which involved taking 4-5 puffs every 20 minutes for 2 hours. After the first 40 minutes, I was shaking like crazy, couldn't sit still. This shaking persisted until I went to sleep that night. The ventolin inhaler they gave me DOESN'T help - only a very large dose of ventolin seems to ease the symptoms. Overall, good in high doses for severe asthma but comes with side effects."

4 / 10
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  • Anonymous
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • January 25, 2021

"Ventolin does not have an after taste, & as long as you keep an eye on the expiration date, it is effective most of the time. When it's not, I usually need a prescription for additional steroids, & do use a maintenance inhaler for regular treatment to prevent attacks."

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  • Sally...
  • Taken for less than 1 month
  • November 24, 2017

"Ventolin is a good product actually it makes me feel relieved whenever asthma hits me, I take 2-3 puffs and after a short span of time, I can breathe easily already. But I would like a Ventolin that doesn't need to be refilled because it so pricey that sometimes I have to sacrifice some things in order to prevent my asthma from hitting me from time to time. I would really appreciate it if someones innovates this kind of product."

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  • Kelly
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • December 23, 2022

"The new ventolin with the counter is no good, they don’t relieve my symptoms at all and it feels like not enough is released and after that I’ve had to go to the hospital a few times with difficulties breathing, where the ventolin would relieve me in the past."

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  • Marla
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • December 9, 2021

"Does anyone else have feedback on using the new dose counter jacket on the puffer. I had an attack, reached for my puffer and could not remove the cap no matter what I did. I was feeling my anxiety level rising and my chest heaving but that cap would not come off. I have found all of the caps since are difficult to remove. I may be old but I'm not feeble.The pharmacist was surprised how difficult it was to access the medication. I wonder if others have had any problems ? Thank you."

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  • Tracy
  • Taken for 10 years or more
  • July 27, 2021

"I find it very peculiar that so many are now saying that this drug isn't as effective as it used to be and it causes problems. I have used ventolin for 25 years. It NEVER made me dizzy. Now in the last 2 years there has been a warning label for dizziness. Now I get dizzy . GSK needs to be investigated..Something is very wrong here.."

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  • Anonymous
  • Taken for 1 to 2 years
  • April 10, 2023

"Have been using countered dose for the last few months. Yes I rinse it. Even when it was brand new. The countered doses do not work. I found an old expired one without a countered dose, and got instant relief. Horrified by how bad the countered dose ones are. Use a preventer countered dose for flixotide and that is not as bad, can still feel the dose being delivered."

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  • Anonymous
  • June 8, 2009

"It works excellently. It's improved my son's hope for his asthma to get better."

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  • human
  • September 12, 2016

"Ventolin works perfectly, effective after 10sec."

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  • Anonymous
  • July 15, 2009

"This did not help, the restricted my lungs from expanding. "

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  • Blue...
  • November 30, 2016

"I took 3 puff I woke up puking my brains out went to er I was wicked dehydrated had get 3 bags if fluids.has any one ulse experience this!!!!!?????"

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