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VENTOLIN 200 MICROGRAM ACCUHALER
Active substance(s): SALBUTAMOL
VENTOLIN™ 200 MICROGRAM ACCUHALER™ /
SALBUTAMOL 200 MICROGRAM ACCUHALER™
Your medicine is available using either of the above names, but will be referred to as Ventolin
Accuhaler throughout this leaflet.
Ventolin Accuhaler contains lactose
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your
doctor before taking this medicinal product.
How to use Ventolin Accuhaler
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor, nurse or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
Adults, adolescents aged 12 years and over and children 4 to 11 years of age
to relieve asthma - One inhalation (200 micrograms).
to prevent asthma - One inhalation (200 micrograms) 10 to 15 minutes before exercise or
exposure to a “trigger”.
the maximum dose is one inhalation (200 micrograms) four times a day.
Instructions for use
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you start taking this medicine because it
contains important information for you.
• Keep this leaflet. You may need to read it again.
• If you have any further questions, ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
• This medicine has been prescribed for you only. Do not pass it on to others. It may harm
them, even if their signs of illness are the same as yours.
• If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist. This includes any
possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. See section 4.
What is in this leaflet:
1. What Ventolin Accuhaler is and what it is used for
2. What you need to know before you use Ventolin Accuhaler
3. How to use Ventolin Accuhaler
4. Possible side effects
5. How to store Ventolin Accuhaler
6. Contents of the pack and other information
Do not use your inhaler more often than the doctor told you to. Tell your doctor if your medicine
does not seem to be working as well as usual, as your chest problem may be getting worse and
you may need a different medicine.
Your doctor may have told you to take more than this as an emergency treatment if your
wheezing or breathing gets very bad. It is very important that you keep to your doctor’s
instructions as to how many blisters to take and how often to use your inhaler.
Using your inhaler
To open your Ventolin Accuhaler, hold the outer case in
one hand and put the thumb of your other hand on the
thumbgrip. Push your thumb away from you as far as it
will go. You will hear a click. This will open a small hole
in the mouthpiece.
Hold your Ventolin Accuhaler with the mouthpiece towards
you. You can hold it in either your right or left hand.
Slide the lever away from you as far as it will go.
You will hear a click. This places a dose of your medicine
in the mouthpiece.
What Ventolin Accuhaler is and what it is used for
Ventolin Accuhaler contains a medicine called salbutamol. This belongs to a group of medicines
called fast-acting bronchodilators.
• Bronchodilators help the airways in your lungs to stay open. This makes it easier for air to
get in and out.
• They help to relieve chest tightness, wheezing and cough.
Ventolin Accuhaler is used to treat breathing problems in people with asthma and similar
conditions. This includes relieving and preventing asthma brought on by exercise or other
“triggers”. These are things, which bring on asthma symptoms in some people. Common
triggers include house dust, pollen, cats, dogs and cigarette smoke.
Every time the lever is pushed back a blister is opened
inside and the powder made ready for you to inhale.
Do not play with the lever as this opens the blisters
and wastes medicine.
What you need to know before you use Ventolin Accuhaler
Do not use Ventolin Accuhaler if:
you are allergic to salbutamol sulfate or any of the other ingredients of this medicine (listed
in section 6).
you unexpectedly go into early labour (premature labour) or threatened abortion.
you have a severe milk-protein allergy.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before taking Ventolin Accuhaler if:
Hold the Ventolin Accuhaler away from your mouth, breathe out as far as is comfortable.
Do not breathe into your Ventolin Accuhaler. Do not breath in again yet.
Put the mouthpiece to your lips; breathe in steadily and
deeply through the Ventolin Accuhaler with your mouth,
not through your nose.
your asthma is active (for example you have frequent symptoms or flare ups or limited
physical ability). Your doctor may start or increase a medicine to control your asthma such
as an inhaled corticosteroid
you have high blood pressure
you have an overactive thyroid gland
you have a history of heart problems such as an irregular or fast heartbeat or angina
you are taking xanthine derivatives (such as theophylline) or steroids to treat asthma
you are taking water tablets (diuretics), sometimes used to treat high blood pressure or a
Other medicines and Ventolin Accuhaler
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take any
other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. This includes herbal
medicines. Remember to take this medicine with you if you have to go to hospital.
Remove the Ventolin Accuhaler from your mouth.
Hold your breath for about 10 seconds or for as long
as is comfortable.
Breathe out slowly.
In particular, tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are taking:
Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist should show you how to use your inhaler. They should
check how you use it from time to time. Not using the Ventolin Accuhaler properly or as
prescribed may mean that it will not help your asthma as it should.
The Ventolin Accuhaler device holds blisters containing Ventolin as a powder.
There is a counter on top of the Ventolin Accuhaler which tells you how many doses are left.
It counts down to 0. The numbers 5 to 0 will appear in red to warn you when there are only
a few doses left. Once the counter shows 0, your inhaler is empty.
medicines for an irregular or fast heartbeat
other medicines for your asthma.
Ventolin Accuhaler with food and drink
You can use Ventolin Accuhaler at any time of day, with or without food.
Pregnancy, breast-feeding and fertility
If you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or planning to have a baby,
ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Driving and using machines
Ventolin is not likely to affect you being able to drive or use any tools or machines.
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To close the Ventolin Accuhaler, slide the thumbgrip back
towards you, as far as it will go. You will hear a click.
The lever will return to its original position and is reset.
Your Accuhaler is now ready for you to use again.
Cleaning your inhaler
Wipe the mouthpiece of the Accuhaler with a dry tissue to clean it.
Each blister contains powder for inhalation providing 200 micrograms of the active ingredient
salbutamol (as sulphate) per actuation. Your medicine also contains lactose, which acts as the
'carrier'. The blisters protect the powder for inhalation from the effects of the atmosphere. The
device has a counter, which tells you the number of blisters remaining. It counts down from 60
to 0. To show when the last five blisters have been reached the numbers appear in red. When
the counter shows 0 your inhaler is empty and should be disposed of.
If you use more Ventolin than you should
If you use more than you should, talk to a doctor as soon as possible.
The following effects may happen:
• your heart beating faster than usual
• you feel shaky
These effects usually wear off in a few hours.
What Ventolin Accuhaler looks like and contents of the pack
Ventolin Accuhaler is a two-tone blue and green, circular device in moulded plastic containing
inhalation powder found in 60 regularly spaced blisters of foil strip. Product also has a dose
counter indicating number of doses remaining.
If you forget to use Ventolin Accuhaler
If you forget a dose, take it as soon as you remember it
However, if it is time for the next dose, skip the missed dose
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose.
Ventolin Accuhaler is manufactured by:
Glaxo Wellcome Production, 27000 Evreux, France.
If you stop using Ventolin Accuhaler
Do not stop using Ventolin Accuhaler without talking to your doctor. If you have any further
questions on the use of this medicine, ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
Contents of the pack and other information
What Ventolin Accuhaler contains
Procured from within the EU and repackaged by:
Doncaster Pharmaceuticals Group Ltd., Kirk Sandall, Doncaster, DN3 1QR.
Possible side effects
If your breathing or wheezing gets worse straight after taking this medicine, stop
using it immediately, and tell your doctor as soon as possible.
Product Licence holder:
BR Lewis Pharmaceuticals Ltd., Kirk Sandall, Doncaster, DN3 1QR.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them. The
following side effects may happen with this medicine:
PL No: 08929/0224
Allergic Reactions (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
Leaflet revision date: 30.01.17
If you have an allergic reaction, stop taking Ventolin and see a doctor straight away. Signs of an
allergic reaction include: swelling of the face, lips, mouth, tongue or throat which may cause
difficulty in swallowing or breathing, itchy rash, feeling faint and light headed, and collapse.
Talk to your doctor as soon as possible if:
you feel your heart is beating faster or stronger than usual (palpitations). This is usually
harmless, and usually stops after you have used the medicine for a while
you may feel your heartbeat is uneven or it gives an extra beat
these may affect up to 1 in 10 people.
If any of these happen to you, talk to your doctor as soon as possible. Do not stop using this
medicine unless told to do so.
Tell your doctor if you have any of the following side effects, which may also happen with
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
mouth and throat irritation
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Rare (may affect up to 1 in 1,000 people)
a low level of potassium in your blood
increased blood flow to your extremities (peripheral dilatation).
Very rare (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
changes in sleep patterns and changes in behaviour, such as restlessness and excitability.
The following side effects can also happen but the frequency
of these are not known:
chest pain, due to heart problems such as angina. Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if
this occurs. Do not stop using this medicine unless told to do so.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible
side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effects directly via the
Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard
By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.
If you think this medicine is not working well enough for you
If your medicine does not seem to be working as well as usual, talk to your doctor as soon as
possible. Your chest problem may be getting worse and you may need a different medicine. Do
not take extra doses of Ventolin Accuhaler unless your doctor tells you to.
How to store Ventolin Accuhaler
KEEP OUT OF THE SIGHT AND REACH OF CHILDREN.
Do not store above 30°C. Keep in the original container.
If the device doesn't appear to be working properly, or is damaged, consult your pharmacist
Do not use this medicine after the expiry date, which is stated on the label and carton after
‘EXP’. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
If you are told to stop taking this medicine return any unused Ventolin Accuhaler to your
pharmacist to be destroyed.
Do not throw away medicines via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how
to throw away medicines you no longer use. These measures will help to protect the
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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency
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