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VENTOLIN 200 MICROGRAMS ACCUHALER

Active substance(s): SALBUTAMOL / SALBUTAMOL SULFATE

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Package leaflet: Information for the user
Ventolin® 200 micrograms Accuhaler ®
(salbutamol sulphate)
Your medicine is known as the above but will be referred to as
Ventolin Accuhaler throughout the remainder of this leaflet.

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
1.

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.

3.

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
 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.
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
1 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.

2
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.
2.

How to use Ventolin Accuhaler

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 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:
 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 heart condition.
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.
In particular tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are taking:
 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.
Ventolin Accuhaler contains lactose monohydrate
If you have been told by your doctor that you have an intolerance to
some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicinal
product.

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.
3

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.

4

Put the mouthpiece to your lips;
breathe in steadily and deeply
through the Ventolin Accuhaler
with your mouth, not through your
nose. Remove the Ventolin
Accuhaler from your mouth. Hold
your breath for about 10 seconds
or for as long as is comfortable.
Breathe out slowly.

5

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.
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
 hyperactivity.
These effects usually wear off in a few hours.
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.
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.

4.

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.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although
not everybody gets them. The following side effects may happen
with this medicine:
Allergic Reactions (may affect up to 1 in 10,000 people)
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 this medicine:
Common (may affect up to 1 in 10 people)
 feeling shaky
 headache.
Uncommon (may affect up to 1 in 100 people)
 mouth and throat irritation
 muscle cramps.
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.
5.

How to store Ventolin Accuhaler

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KEEP OUT OF THE SIGHT AND REACH OF CHILDREN
Do not store above 30°C.
Store in the original package.
Do not freeze.
Protect from light.
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.
 Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or
household waste. Ask your doctor or pharmacist how to dispose
of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to
protect the environment.
6.

Contents of the pack and other information

What Ventolin Accuhaler contains
 The active substance is salbutamol.
 The other ingredient is lactose.
 Each blister contains powder for inhalation providing 200
micrograms salbutamol (as sulfate).
What Ventolin Accuhaler looks like and contents of the pack
Ventolin Accuhaler is a two-tone blue, circular device with a
mouthpiece and dose counter indicating 60 doses, inside is a blister
strip containing the powder for inhalation. Each dose is
pre-dispensed. Each inhaler contains 60 doses.
Manufacturer
Manufactured by Glaxo Wellcome Production, Zone Industrielle
No.2, 23 Rue Lavoisier, la madeleine, 2700 Evreux, France.
Procured from within the EU and repackaged by the Product
Licence holder: G-Pharma Ltd, Dakota Avenue, Salford, M50 2PU.
PL 16369/1664

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Leaflet revision: 26/10/2015
Ventolin and Accuhaler are registered trademarks of
the GlaxoSmithKline group of companies.

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Source: Medicines and Healthcare Products Regulatory Agency

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