Salamol Inhaler (otherwise known as a Salbutamol Inhaler) is a “reliever” inhaler. The active ingredient is salbutamol, an asthma medicine, which opens up the airways. Salbutamol has a quick effect and a short duration of action (4 to 6 hours).]
A salbutamol Inhaler is used to relieve symptoms of asthma and other asthma-like conditions such as chest tightness, wheezing and coughing in adults and children aged 4 years and over. It is also used for prevention of asthma symptoms brought on by exercise or a known allergen exposure that cannot be avoided.
See “Instructions for using your Salamol / Salbutamol Inhaler at the end of the patient Information Leaflet, available for download.
IMPORTANT-contact your doctor immediately if:
- you need to use this “reliever” inhaler more often than usual
- you need to use your “reliever” more than twice a week
- your wheeziness or chest tightness is worse than usual.
The recommended dose for Salamol Inhaler 100 mcg is:
Adults, Older people and Adolescents aged 12 years and over:
For the relief of symptoms of acute asthma attack and intermittent asthma the starting dose is one puff (100mcg) that may be increased to two puffs (200mcg). To prevent symptoms before exercise or contact with whatever triggers your asthma attack the starting dose is two puffs (200mcg) that may be increased to four puffs (400mcg).
Warnings and precautions
Talk to your doctor, if you have any of the following:
- any diseases affecting the heart or blood vessels
- any infection in your lungs
- overactivity of the thyroid gland
- low levels of potassium in your blood
- hereditary problems of galactose intolerance, the Lapp lactase deficiency or glucose-galactose malabsorption, you should not take this medicine.
Other medicines and Salmol Inhaler
It is important to tell your doctor if you are currently taking any of the following medicines:
- medicines for your breathing problems for example theophylline or aminophylline (xanthines)
- beta-blockers for your blood pressure e.g. propranolol
- medicines for depression
- water tablets (diuretics) and other medicines for heart problems
If you already use “preventor” medication e.g. inhaled corticosteroid, it is important to continue using it regularly, even if you feel better.
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
Salamol Inhaler should not be used if you are pregnant or breast-feeding, think you may be pregnant or are planning to have a baby, unless you are advised to do so by your doctor. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for advice before taking this medicine.
Salamol Inhaler contains lactose
Lactose contains small amounts of milk proteins, which may cause allergic reaction. If you have been told that you do not tolerate certain kinds of sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicine. The amount of lactose in Salamol Inhaler (less than 10 mg per dose) does not normally cause problems in lactose intolerant people.
Like all medicines, this medicine can cause side effects, although not everybody gets them.
Common side effects
- feeling a bit shaky
- increased or uneven heart rate
- increased blood flow to your extremities
Uncommon side effects
Rare side effects
- cough, mouth and throat irritation (these may be prevented by rinsing the mouth with water and spitting it out after inhalation)
- decrease in the level of potassium in your blood
- muscle cramps
- restlessness, dizziness, behavioral difficulties.
Reporting of side effects
If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. This includes any possible side effects not listed in this leaflet. You can also report side effect directly via the Yellow Card Scheme at: www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. By reporting side affects you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine