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|US Brand Name||Albuterol|
Salbutamol is an effective drug that provides symptomatic relief and prevents Asthma, Chronic bronchitis and chronic bronchopulmonary disorders. It prevents the asthma attack for asthma sufferers and decreases the inflammation in the lungs by releasing the chemicals that opens up the constricted tubes. Salbutamol is a preventive medicine and is not effective when asthma attack has already begun. This medicine is administered in an oral controlled release capsule dosage form. Controlled release type of dosage form gives prolonged action of the drug and maintains a safety range through which it can effectively treats the disease. Salbutamol is an active moiety that is available in the controlled release formulation. It offers following benefits such as:
- Reduces side effects such as local irritation or steady elevation in plasma concentration
- Decreases the dose frequency and shows excellent patient compliance
Understating the ailments it is used for:
Salbutamol is used in prevention of asthma attack, chronic bronchitis and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.
Understanding the drug Salbutamol:
How it works?
It contains one active ingredient Salbutamol in it, which has a relaxing effect on the constricted bronchioles.
It is a short acting beta receptor agonist and exerts bronchodilator effects. It stimulates the beta 2 receptors and relaxes the smooth muscles of all airways from the trachea to the terminal bronchioles. Along with this, it also stops the production of inflammatory cell mediators that causes constriction. It also increases self clearing mechanism of bronchi. This ingredient helps in relaxing the constricted bronchioles and facilitates the smooth breathing.
When should you avoid it?
You should not take Salbutamol Capsules if you:
- Are allergic to Salbutamol capsules
- Have cardiovascular diseases like Hypertension in pregnancy and Myocardial insufficiency
- Have epilepsy
- Have diabetes
- Suffer from paradoxical breathing (sudden narrowing of airways)
How much to take?
The dose intake is prescribed by the Doctor depending upon the severity and demand of the disease condition. Always follow doctor’s instructions. The usual recommended dose starts from 4 mg and can be increased to 8 mg gradually depending upon the patient’s condition and demand. The usual recommended dose for children over 12 years is 2 – 4 mg three or four times a day. The best therapeutic dose strength is decided by the doctor himself.
What are the strengths available?
Salbutamol capsules are available in two strength combination on our website:
- Ventorlin oral controlled release Capsule 2 mg
- Ventorlin oral controlled release Capsule 4 mg
Who is the manufacturer?
Ventorlin Capsules are manufactured by GlaxoSmithKline Pharmaceuticals limited, a pharmaceutical giant. It is available on our website in the multiple packs.
How to take?
Don’t open the capsule shell. Swallow the capsule with a glass of water. Always take the medicine as instructed by the doctor.
When to take?
Take the medicine as prescribed by the Doctor. Try to take the dose at the same time each day; this reduces the chances of missing a dose. Talk to doctor if any confusion arises.
For how long should it be taken?
Do not stop taking Salbutamol capsules or change the dose without consulting with your Doctor. Keep on taking the drug as long as recommended by the Doctor.
What if you take too much (overdose)?
If overdose, talk to Doctor or Poisons information centre for advice. Take medical help as soon as possible.
What if you miss the dose?
Consult your Doctor if you miss the Dose. Don’t double up the dose in order to catch up.
What are the side effects?
Every medicine has some side effects; Salbutamol is the one which has some mild and severe side effects also. It is not necessary that you will experience all of them. Some common side effects are listed below:
- Mild tremors
- Fever, pale skin, rashes
- Nose bleeding
Are there any possible drug interactions?
Tell your doctor about all medications you use. This includes prescription, over-the-counter, vitamin, and herbal products. You doctor will provide you the list of drugs to be avoided while taking Salbutamol Capsules. Some of the drugs which interact with are Salbutamol Capsules as follows:
- Beta blockers like Atenolol
- Sympathomimetic drugs
What are the things to be taken care of?
- Keep the medicine in a close tight container and out of sight and reach of the children
- Don’t use the expired drug
- Keep a complete record of all the medicines you are taking along with this medicine
- It may cause dizziness or drowsiness, so be cautious while driving
- Avoid alcohol consumption