VENTOLIN CFC-FREE INHALER - CMI
(Allen & Hanburys)
CONSUMER MEDICINE INFORMATION
About your Ventolin Inhaler ('puffer')
Read all of this leaflet carefully before you use your medicine.
This leaflet does not have the complete information about your medicine. If you have any questions about your medicine, you
should ask your doctor or pharmacist (also known as a chemist).
All medicines have some risks. Sometimes new risks are found even when a medicine has been used for many years.
If there is anything you do not understand, ask your doctor or pharmacist. If you want more information, ask your doctor or
This medicine is only one part of a general plan to help you manage your asthma or other chest condition. You should discuss this
plan with your doctor. Ask your doctor to check your treatment regularly.
What is the name of my medicine?
The name of your medicine is Ventolin Inhaler. You may know it better as a 'puffer'.
What is in my Ventolin puffer?
The medicine in your Ventolin puffer is called salbutamol. Each puff contains 100 micrograms of salbutamol. There are 200 puffs in
each Ventolin puffer.
Your Ventolin puffer also contains HFA-134a, a propellant. It has no other additives.
What does my Ventolin puffer do?
Your Ventolin puffer helps you to breathe more easily. When your chest is tight or when you are wheezing, the Ventolin opens up
the breathing tubes in your lungs. Your medicine is known as a bronchodilator. Because your Ventolin puffer gives fast relief from
your chest symptoms, it is often called a 'reliever puffer'.
Some people start wheezing or their chest starts to feel tight when they exercise. This is called exercise-induced asthma. If you
have exercise-induced asthma, your doctor may tell you to take one or two puffs of your Ventolin puffer before you exercise. This
can help to prevent the symptoms of exercise-induced asthma.
Is there anything I should tell my doctor before starting my Ventolin puffer?
Tell your doctor:
the names of any other medicines you are already taking, including those from the pharmacy and supermarket
If you have had to stop taking this or any other asthma medicine
If you are allergic to any medicine
If you are having treatment for a thyroid problem
If you are having treatment for high blood pressure
If you have, or have had, a heart problem
If you have, or have had, a liver problem
If you have, or have had, a kidney problem
If you have sugar diabetes
What if I am pregnant or breast feeding?
Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast feeding. Your doctor will tell you if you should take your medicine. It is important that
asthma is managed well during pregnancy and you should not stop your medicine without asking your doctor.
How do I use my Ventolin puffer?
You will find the instructions on how to use your Ventolin puffers on the back of this leaflet. Follow the instructions carefully.
If your Ventolin Inhaler is new and you have not used it before, or if you have not used it for one week or more, you should activate
one dose into the air before use.
The pharmacist's label will usually tell you how many puffs to take and how often to use your Ventolin puffer. If you are not sure,
ask your doctor or pharmacist.
Your doctor may tell you to take extra puffs of your Ventolin puffer if your chest condition suddenly gets worse. If you take extra
puffs and do not get relief, tell your doctor immediately.
You should visit your doctor or pharmacist regularly to check that you are using your Ventolin puffer in the right way. If you are not
breathing the medicine in correctly, the medicine may not be helping you as much as it could.
If you find it difficult to breathe in and press your Ventolin puffer at the same time, talk to your doctor or pharmacist. It may be
better for you to use something ca