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Package Leaflet: Information for the User
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®

Ventolin Evohaler
100 micrograms
salbutamol sulfate

United Kingdom-GBR

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 about your illness or your medicine, 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 Evohaler is and what it is used for
2 What you need to know before you use Ventolin Evohaler
3 How to use Ventolin Evohaler
4 Possible side effects
5 How to store Ventolin Evohaler
6 Contents of the pack and other information

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1  What Ventolin Evohaler is
and what it is used for
Ventolin Evohaler 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 Evohaler 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.
Ventolin Evohaler contains a propellant called HFA 134a. This is less harmful
to the environment than older inhalers. Older inhalers may taste differently to
Ventolin Evohaler. This will make no difference to how your medicine works.

Do not use Ventolin Evohaler 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.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before taking Ventolin Evohaler 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 Evohaler
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken
or might take 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 Evohaler with food and drink
You can take Ventolin Evohaler 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 are
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.

3 How to use Ventolin Evohaler
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with
your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are not sure.

Asthma Control Test™
The Asthma Control Test is one way to quickly assess your asthma control, giving you a simple score out of 25.
Your healthcare professional may ask you additional questions during a consultation.
Are you in control of your asthma? Or is your asthma in control of you? Here’s how to find out
Step 1: Read each question below carefully, circle your score and write it in the box.
Step 2: Add up each of your five scores to get your total Asthma Control Test TM score.
Step 3: Use the score guide to learn how well you are controlling your asthma.

Adults and adolescents aged 12 years and over
• to relieve asthma - One or two puffs.
• to prevent asthma - Two puffs 10-15 minutes before exercise or exposure
to a “trigger”.
• for regular treatment - Two puffs up to 4 times a day.
• the maximum dose is 8 puffs in a 24 hour period.
Children under 12 years of age
• to relieve asthma - One puff. Two puffs if required.
• to prevent asthma - One puff 10-15 minutes before exercise or exposure
to a “trigger”. Two puffs if required.
• for regular treatment - Two puffs up to 4 times a day.
• the maximum dose is 8 puffs in a 24 hour period.
Instructions for use
• To help identify that the inhaler is Ventolin, there is an embossed letter V
on the plastic case.
• Ventolin Evohaler produces a fine mist, which you inhale through your
mouth into your lungs. Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist should show
you how to use your inhaler. If you are not sure ask your doctor, nurse or
pharmacist.
• Each Evohaler canister provides 200 puffs.
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 puffs to take and
how often to use your inhaler.

Using your inhaler
It is important to start to breathe as slowly as possible just before
using your inhaler.
Stand or sit upright when using your inhaler.

1
emove the mouthpiece cover (as shown in the first picture).
2 RCheck
inside and outside to make sure that the mouthpiece
is clean and free of objects.

3

Shake the inhaler 4
or 5 times to ensure
that any loose objects
are removed and that the
contents of the inhaler are
evenly mixed.

4

Hold the inhaler
upright with your
thumb on the base, below
the mouthpiece. Breathe
out as far as is comfortable.
Do not breathe in again yet.

5

6

Testing your inhaler

using the inhaler
1that itWhen
for the first time, test
is working. Remove the

mouthpiece cover by gently
squeezing the sides with your
thumb and forefinger and pull
apart.
To make sure that it works,
shake it well, point the mouthpiece away from you and press
the canister to release two puffs into the air. If you have not used
the inhaler for 5 days or more, shake it well and release two puffs
of medicine into the air.

2

Place the mouthpiece
in your mouth
between your teeth.
Close your lips around it.
Do not bite.

Breathe in through your
mouth. Just after starting
to breathe in, press down
on the top of the canister to
release a puff of medicine. Do
this while still breathing in
steadily and deeply.

During the past 4 weeks, how often did your asthma prevent you from getting as much done at work,
school or home?
All of the time

Most of the time

Some of the time

A little of the time

None of the time

1-2 times a week

Not at all

During the past 4 weeks, how often have you had shortness of breath?
More than once
a day

Once a day

3-6 times a week

During the past 4 weeks, how often did your asthma symptoms (wheezing, coughing, chest tightness,
shortness of breath) wake you up at night or earlier than usual in the morning?
4 or more times
2-3 nights a week
Once a week
Once or twice
a week

Not at all

Turn over for
Questions 4 and 5.

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2  What you need to know before
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Hold your breath, take the
inhaler from your mouth and
your finger from the top of the
inhaler. Continue holding your
breath for a few seconds, or as
long as is comfortable.

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If your doctor has told you to take two puffs, wait about half
a minute before you take another puff by repeating steps
3 to 7.
After use always replace the mouthpiece cover straight away
to keep out dust.
Replace the cover by firmly pushing and clicking into position.
Practise in front of a mirror for the first few times. If you see a
‘mist’ coming from the top of your inhaler or the sides of your
mouth you should start again.
Young children may need help and their parents may need to
operate the inhaler for them. Encourage the child to breathe out and
operate the inhaler just after the child starts to breathe in.
Practise the technique together. You may find the Volumatic® spacer
device, with a face mask, or the Babyhaler® device useful if you have
to give Ventolin Evohaler to a baby or a child under 5 - speak to your
doctor if you think you might need one of these.
Older children or people with weak hands may find it easier to hold
the inhaler with both hands. Put the two forefingers on top of the
inhaler and both thumbs on the bottom below the mouthpiece. If
this does not help, a special device called a Haleraid® may make it
easier. Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist will be able to advise you.
Cleaning your inhaler
To stop your inhaler blocking, it is important to clean it at least once a week.
To clean your inhaler:
• Remove the metal canister from the plastic casing of the inhaler and
remove the mouthpiece cover.
• Rinse the plastic casing thoroughly under warm running water.
• Dry the plastic casing thoroughly inside and out.
• Replace the metal canister into the plastic casing and put on mouthpiece
cover.
Do not put the metal canister in water.

If you take more Ventolin Evohaler than you should
If you take 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 take Ventolin Evohaler
• 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 taking Ventolin Evohaler
Do not stop taking Ventolin Evohaler 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 Evohaler 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.

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1-2 times a day

2-3 times a week

Once a week or less

Not at all

How would you rate your asthma control during the past 4 weeks?
Not controlled

Poorly controlled

Somewhat
controlled

5 How to store Ventolin Evohaler
• Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
• Store below 30°C. Protect from frost and direct sunlight.
• If the inhaler gets very cold, take the metal canister out of the plastic
case and warm it in your hands for a few minutes before use. Never use
anything else to warm it up.
• The metal canister is pressurised. Do not puncture, break or burn it even
when apparently empty.
• 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.
Do not throw away any 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 environment.

6 Contents of the pack and other information
What Ventolin Evohaler contains
• The active substance is salbutamol sulfate.
• The other ingredient is HFA 134a.
What Ventolin Evohaler looks like and contents of the pack
Ventolin Evohaler comprises an aluminium alloy can sealed with a metering
valve, actuator and dust cap.
Each canister contains 200 doses of 100 micrograms of salbutamol
(as salbutamol sulfate).
Marketing Authorisation holder Manufacturer
Glaxo Wellcome, S.A.
Glaxo Wellcome UK
Limited
Aranda de Duero
Stockley Park West
Burgos
Uxbridge
Spain
Middlesex UB11 1BT
Other formats:
To listen to or request a copy of this leaflet in Braille, large print or audio
please call, free of charge:

0800 198 5000 (UK only)
Please be ready to give the following information:
Product name
Ventolin Evohaler
Reference number
10949/0274
This is a service provided by the Royal National Institute of Blind People.
This leaflet was last revised in March 2015
Ventolin, Evohaler, Babyhaler, Haleraid and Volumatic are registered
trade marks of the GSK group of companies.
© 2015 GSK group of companies. All rights reserved.

What does your score mean?

During the past 4 weeks, how often have you used your reliever inhaler (usually blue)?
3 or more times
a day

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
Evohaler unless your doctor tells you to.

Well controlled

© 2002, by Quality Metric Incorporated.
Asthma Control Test is a trademark of Quality Metric Incorporated

Completely
controlled

Score: 25 - WELL DONE

Score: 20 to 24 - ON TARGET

Score: less than 20 - OFF TARGET

• Your asthma appears to have been
UNDER CONTROL over the last
4 weeks.
• However, if you are experiencing any
problems with your asthma, you should
see your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

• Your asthma appears to have been
REASONABLY WELL CONTROLLED
during the past 4 weeks.
• However, if you are experiencing
symptoms your doctor, nurse or
pharmacist may be able to help you.

• Your asthma may NOT HAVE BEEN
CONTROLLED during the past
4 weeks.
• Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist can
recommend an asthma action plan to
help improve your asthma control.

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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 Evohaler unless your doctor tells you to.

5 How to store Ventolin Evohaler

6 Contents of the pack and other information
What Ventolin Evohaler contains
• The active substance is salbutamol sulfate.
• The other ingredient is HFA 134a.
What Ventolin Evohaler looks like and contents of the pack
Ventolin Evohaler comprises an aluminium alloy can sealed with a metering valve, actuator
and dust cap.
Each canister contains 200 doses of 100 micrograms of salbutamol (as salbutamol sulfate).
Manufacturer
Marketing Authorisation holder
Glaxo Wellcome Production
Glaxo Wellcome UK Limited
Zone Industrielle No. 2
Stockley Park West
23 rue Lavoisier
Uxbridge
27000 - Evreux
Middlesex UB11 1BT
France
Other formats:
To listen to or request a copy of this leaflet in Braille, large print or audio please call, free of
charge:

0800 198 5000 (UK only)
Please be ready to give the following information:
Product name
Ventolin Evohaler
Reference number
10949/0274
This is a service provided by the Royal National Institute of Blind People.
This leaflet was last revised in November 2015
Ventolin, Evohaler, Babyhaler, Haleraid and Volumatic are registered trade marks of the
GSK group of companies.
© 2015 GSK group of companies. All rights reserved.

Ventolin Evohaler
100 micrograms
salbutamol sulfate

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 about your illness or your medicine, 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 Evohaler is and what it is used for
2 What you need to know before you use Ventolin Evohaler
3 How to use Ventolin Evohaler
4 Possible side effects
5 How to store Ventolin Evohaler
6 Contents of the pack and other information

PHARMA CODE

• Keep this medicine out of the sight and reach of children.
• Store below 30°C. Protect from frost and direct sunlight.
• If the inhaler gets very cold, take the metal canister out of the plastic case and warm it in
your hands for a few minutes before use. Never use anything else to warm it up.
• The metal canister is pressurised. Do not puncture, break or burn it even when apparently
empty.
• 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.
Do not throw away any 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
environment.

Package Leaflet: Information for the User
®
®

1  What Ventolin Evohaler is and what it is used for
Ventolin Evohaler 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 Evohaler 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.
Ventolin Evohaler contains a propellant called HFA 134a. This is less harmful to the environment
than older inhalers. Older inhalers may taste differently to Ventolin Evohaler. This will make no
difference to how your medicine works.

2  What you need to know before you use Ventolin Evohaler
Do not use Ventolin Evohaler 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.
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist before taking Ventolin Evohaler 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 Evohaler
Tell your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you are taking, have recently taken or might take
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 Evohaler with food and drink
You can take Ventolin Evohaler 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 are 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.

3 How to use Ventolin Evohaler
Always use this medicine exactly as your doctor has told you. Check with your doctor, nurse or
pharmacist if you are not sure.
Asthma Control Test™
The Asthma Control Test is one way to quickly assess your asthma control, giving you a
simple score out of 25. Your healthcare professional may ask you additional questions
during a consultation.
Are you in control of your asthma? Or is your asthma in control of you? Here’s
how to find out
Step 1: Read each question below carefully, circle your score and write it in the box.
Step 2: Add up each of your five scores to get your total Asthma Control Test TM score.
Step 3: Use the score guide to learn how well you are controlling your asthma.

During the past 4 weeks,
how often did your asthma
prevent you from getting
as much done at work,
school or home?

During the past 4 weeks,
how often have you had
shortness of breath?

During the past 4 weeks,
how often did your asthma
symptoms (wheezing,
coughing, chest tightness,
shortness of breath) wake
you up at night or earlier
than usual in the morning?

All of the time

More than once a day

4 or more times a week

Most of the time

Once a day

2-3 nights a week

Some of the time

3-6 times a week

Once a week

A little of the time

1-2 times a week

Once or twice

None of the time

Not at all

Not at all

Turn over for Questions 4 and 5.
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Adults and adolescents aged 12 years and over
• to relieve asthma - One or two puffs.
• to prevent asthma - Two puffs 10-15 minutes before exercise or exposure to a “trigger”.
• for regular treatment - Two puffs up to 4 times a day.
• the maximum dose is 8 puffs in a 24 hour period.
Children under 12 years of age
• to relieve asthma - One puff. Two puffs if required.
• to prevent asthma - One puff 10-15 minutes before exercise or exposure to a “trigger”. Two
puffs if required.
• for regular treatment - Two puffs up to 4 times a day.
• the maximum dose is 8 puffs in a 24 hour period.
Instructions for use
• To help identify that the inhaler is Ventolin, there is an embossed letter V on the plastic
case.
• Ventolin Evohaler produces a fine mist, which you inhale through your mouth into your
lungs. Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist should show you how to use your inhaler. If you are
not sure ask your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.
• Each Evohaler canister provides 200 puffs.
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 puffs to take and how often to use your inhaler.
Testing your inhaler

1

When using the inhaler for the first time, test that it
is working. Remove the mouthpiece cover by gently
squeezing the sides with your thumb and forefinger and
pull apart.

2

To make sure that it works, shake it well, point the mouthpiece away from you and
press the canister to release two puffs into the air. If you have not used the inhaler
for 5 days or more, shake it well and release two puffs of medicine into the air.
Using your inhaler
It is important to start to breathe as slowly as possible just before using your inhaler.
Stand or sit upright when using your inhaler.

1
2

 emove the mouthpiece cover (as shown in the first picture). Check inside and
R
outside to make sure that the mouthpiece is clean and free of objects.

7

Hold your breath, take the inhaler from your mouth
and your finger from the top of the inhaler. Continue
holding your breath for a few seconds, or as long as is
comfortable.

8
9

If your doctor has told you to take two puffs, wait about half a minute before you
take another puff by repeating steps 3 to 7.
After use always replace the mouthpiece cover straight away to keep out dust.
Replace the cover by firmly pushing and clicking into position.
Practise in front of a mirror for the first few times. If you see a ‘mist’ coming from the
top of your inhaler or the sides of your mouth you should start again.
Young children may need help and their parents may need to operate the inhaler for
them. Encourage the child to breathe out and operate the inhaler just after the child
starts to breathe in.
Practise the technique together. You may find the Volumatic® spacer device, with a
face mask, or the Babyhaler® device useful if you have to give Ventolin Evohaler to a
baby or a child under 5 - speak to your doctor if you think you might need one of these.
Older children or people with weak hands may find it easier to hold the inhaler with
both hands. Put the two forefingers on top of the inhaler and both thumbs on the
bottom below the mouthpiece. If this does not help, a special device called a Haleraid®
may make it easier. Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist will be able to advise you.

Cleaning your inhaler
To stop your inhaler blocking, it is important to clean it at least once a week.
To clean your inhaler:
• Remove the metal canister from the plastic casing of the inhaler and remove the
mouthpiece cover.
• Rinse the plastic casing thoroughly under warm running water.
• Dry the plastic casing thoroughly inside and out.
• Replace the metal canister into the plastic casing and put on mouthpiece cover.
Do not put the metal canister in water.
If you take more Ventolin Evohaler than you should
If you take 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 take Ventolin Evohaler
• 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 taking Ventolin Evohaler
Do not stop taking Ventolin Evohaler 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

3

Shake the inhaler 4 or 5 times to
ensure that any loose objects are
removed and that the contents of the
inhaler are evenly mixed.

4

Hold the inhaler upright with your
thumb on the base, below the
mouthpiece. Breathe out as far as is
comfortable. Do not breathe in again yet.

5

6

Place the mouthpiece in your
mouth between your teeth.
Close your lips around it. Do not bite.

During the past 4 weeks,
how often have you used
your reliever inhaler (usually
blue)?

Breathe in through your mouth. Just
after starting to breathe in, press down
on the top of the canister to release a puff
of medicine. Do this while still breathing in
steadily and deeply.

How would you rate your
asthma control during the
past 4 weeks?

3 or more times a day

Not controlled

1-2 times a day

Poorly controlled

2-3 times a week

Somewhat controlled

Once a week or less

Well controlled

Not at all

Completely controlled

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Incorporated.
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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 Evohaler 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.

What does your score mean?
Score: 25 - WELL DONE
• Your asthma appears to have been UNDER CONTROL over the last 4 weeks.
• However, if you are experiencing any problems with your asthma, you should
see your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

Score: 20 to 24 - ON TARGET
• Y our asthma appears to have been REASONABLY WELL CONTROLLED during the past 4 weeks.
• However, if you are experiencing symptoms your doctor, nurse or pharmacist
may be able to help you.

Score: less than 20 - OFF TARGET
• Your asthma may NOT HAVE BEEN CONTROLLED during the past 4 weeks.
• Your doctor, nurse or pharmacist can recommend an asthma action plan to
help improve your asthma control.
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Disclaimer: Every effort has been made to ensure that the information provided here is accurate, up-to-date and complete, but no guarantee is made to that effect. Drug information contained herein may be time sensitive. This information has been compiled for use by healthcare practitioners and consumers in the United States. The absence of a warning for a given drug or combination thereof in no way should be construed to indicate that the drug or combination is safe, effective or appropriate for any given patient. If you have questions about the substances you are taking, check with your doctor, nurse or pharmacist.

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