Ventolin is a drug used for relaxing muscles while on an airplane. This drug can increase airflow to lungs. It is used for treating people with obstructive airway diseases and exercise induced bronchospasm.
Dosage and Administration
Ventolin is available in the dosage strengths of 2 mg, 4 mg, 8 mg in the tablet form and 2mg/5ml, 2.5mg/3ml, 200mcg in other forms. The dosage depends upon a number of factors like one’s age, medical condition and response to the medication.
You should not use Ventolin inhalation in smaller or larger amounts than what is prescribed by the doctor. Carefully read the prescription label and adhere to the doctor’s guidelines when using the inhaler.
Before the first use, you might have to prime your albuterol inhaler device. Your medicines if required will come with directions for priming. Before every use, always shake your albuterol device.
The usual dose of Ventolin for adults is 2 inhalations every four to six hours. In order to avert exercise bound bronchospasm, use 2 inhalations 15 to 30 minutes before you begin your exercise.
The effect of this inhalation lasts for about four to six hours. For children less than one year old, use this inhalation as nebulizer of 0.05 to 0.15 mg/kg/dose every four to six hours with subsequent doses altered depending upon the response of the infant.
For child in the age group of one to five years, use Ventolin nebulizer 1.25 to 2.5mg every four to six hours with subsequent doses titrated depending upon the patient’s response. Under all circumstances, use this inhalation drug only upon recommendation from a reputed health care physician.
General precautionary advice
Ventolin should not be consumed without a doctor’s consent if the user has any medical condition related to the heart, brain, blood pressure and thyroid. Patients with Diabetes, pregnant women and breastfeeding mothers should not use the medication without the doctor’s approval.
Ventolin should not be given to a child who is less than four years of age. It is advisable to talk to a doctor about your current medical condition, medical history and list of drugs that you consume.
Overdosing of Ventolin can lead to severe medical conditions or can be fatal too. Common overdose symptoms are nervousness, chest pain, pain in the arms, seizure, fainting and dry mouth.
As Ventolin comprises of inactive ingredients, it can cause allergic reactions in your body, so it is very important to inform your doctor about the same. Also, let the doctor know if you have any medical history like heart attack, angina, Heart Disease, irregular heartbeats, high Blood Pressure or seizures. Do not engage in any machinery work or driving as this drug can make you dizzy which can lead to unfavorable consequences.
Irrespective of brand, side effects are also common. The common side effects are insomnia, headache, vomiting, stuffy nose and cough. Serious and rare side effects are tremor, wheezing, chest pain, high blood pressure and confusion.
Relative contraindications to Ventolin
The medication interacts with antidepressants, breathing problem drugs, Asthma drugs, water pills and others. If you consume any of these, it is important to talk to a doctor before using the medication.
Do not use Ventolin along with drugs like
- A beta blocker that includes atenolol, carvedilol, labetalol, metoprolol, Lopressor, nadolol, nebivolol, propranolol, sotalol etc.
- Antidepressants like amitriptyline, nortriptyline etc.
- Bronchodilators like levalbuterol, terbutaline, salmeterol, metaproterenol, isoproterenol etc.
- MAO inhibitors like furazolidone, isocarboxazid, phenelzine, rasagiline, selegiline, tranylcypromine so as to avoid relative contraindications.