Asthma Medication


Albuterol (Generic Ventolin)

Indications and uses as a Drug

Salbutamol or Albuterol (the United States Adopted Name) is marketed by GlaxoSmithKline under brand names like Ventolin, Aerolin or Ventorlin in different market conditions. There are also other brands of Albuterol, marketed by pharmaceutical companies such as Cipla, Schering-Plough and Teva.

Ventolin Albuterol is sold in online pharmacies at attractive prices and without prescription, so everyone can easily use it after a necessary consultation with a specialist.

Albuterol is generally indicated for a number of health ailments like acute asthma and exercise stimulated asthma. Patients can also derive symptom relief during maintenance therapy of asthma and other conditions with reversible respiratory tracts blockage, such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and bronchitis. Patients with renal failure can have hypokalemia caused by Ventolin Aerosol (Albuterol). A nebulizer is used to aerosolize the drug in patients with cystic fibrosis, in conjunction with pulmozyme, acetylcysteine, and ipratropium bromide.
Another handy use of Albuterol is in obstetrics as a beta2-agonist. It also helps in holding up premature labor by relaxing the uterine smooth muscle as a tocolytic. Though Ventolin enjoys certain advantages over agents such as atosiban and ritodrine, its existence is largely challenged by the calcium-channel blocker nifedipine which is superior in terms of efficacy, better-tolerated and orally dispensed.
When an emergency arises, emergency medical service providers seriously weigh the option of administering Albuterol when they find the patient with difficulty breathing or breathing with a whistling sound, bronchospasm and a former diagnosis of asthma. A nebulizer is used most of the time to administer the drug with 8 liters/minute of pure oxygen. The most recommended dose is approximately 2.5 mg in 3 ml of respiratory saline.

Dosage & Administration

Ventolin albuterol is a powerful B-adrenergic receptor agonist, having a direct effect on smooth bronchial muscles. It makes the muscles relax and stops spasms. Maximum effect of the medication shows between 5 to 20 minutes after using it directly in a form of spray and slightly later in case of oral administration.

Common medical indications for Ventolin albuterol are bronchial spasms and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Additional uses include treatment of cystic fibrosis, and rarely the delay of premature labor, as it effectively relaxes uterine smooth muscles.

Bronchospasm patients can inhale Ventolin (Albuterol Sulfate) using a metered dose inhaler (MDI), nebulizer, or other proprietary delivery mechanisms like Rotahaler or Autohaler. When you resort to these modes of delivery, you’ll start to experience the maximum effect of Albuterol within 5 to 20 minutes of dispensing. Some patients have even received instant relief from this medication. Ventolin (Albuterol) can also be administered orally as an inhalant, or within or by means of a vein. It was introduced in the United States in the year 1980 and in the United Kingdom much earlier in 1969.

Contraindications and side effects

Before you start taking Ventolin albuterol, you should consult your doctor. Only your doctor can give you proper prescription and explain you how and when to take the drug. Orally administered form of Ventolin albuterol is convenient and easy to take, but in any case strictly follow the prescriptions, and don't forget to get acquainted with the instruction included into the package with the drug before you start using Ventolin. It will help you avoid most of the possible side effects of this preparation.

Pay especial attention to instructions and necessarily tell your doctor if you have had any of those diseases: high blood pressure, congestive heart failure, heart rhythm disorder or other heart diseases; diabetes; seizure disorders or hyperactive thyroid.

Ventolin albuterol is not expected to harm an unborn baby, but anyway you should avoid taking this drug during pregnancy and lactation. Tell your doctor about your pregnancy or your plans on becoming pregnant, when you consult him on taking albuterol, and you will avoid any possible problems, receiving proper instructions on how to use Ventolin.

Ventolin (Albuterol) has both common and infrequently occurring side effects. The most common side effects include headache, muscle cramps, tremor, nervousness, palpitation, and dry mouth. Some of its other symptoms may include tachycardia, flushing, myocardial ischaemia, arrhythmias, and disruptions of sleep and behavior. Ventolin may give you some less common, but serious side effects such as allergic reactions of paradoxical bronchospasm, low blood pressure, angioedema, urticaria, and collapse. Higher doses of Albuterol may induce a condition of low potassium levels known as hypokalemia.

Ventolin has several important interactions with other drugs that should not be taken together with this medication. The short-list includes diuretics, digoxin, antidepressants, furazolidone and other MAO inhibitors. In case you take any of those medications, you should tell your doctor before you start using Ventolin.