- Salbutamol Sulphate
In one puff is 100 micrograms of salbutamol. This should be applied in the form of one or two puffs when the user is experiencing symptoms, but not more often than every four hours, or more than eight times in any one day.
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Airomir is a simple-to-use device for the treatment of asthma. It is a ‘reliever’, which means that it is used to alleviate symptoms while they are in progress. The functioning agent, which is a substance called salbutamol, is dispensed through an appliance called an autohaler. This is different to regular inhalers, as it does not involve co-ordinating the pressing of a button with breathing in. Instead, the autohaler releases a dose when the user applies it to their mouth and inhales. The company which markets Airomir for purchase in the UK is Teva.
- Easy-to-use device
- Adept at relieving symptoms
- Can prevent tightness after exercise
Asthma is a very common illness in the UK. It is estimated that over 5 million people nationwide have the condition. It is characterised by the tightening of the airways in the chest, leading to coughing, shortness of breath, and wheezing. The severity of the condition tends to vary. Some people are more likely to experience symptoms early in the morning and late at night. Others may notice symptoms which occur in response to airborne irritants, such as smoke, allergens or chemical vapours. In many cases, an asthma attack can be triggered by cold air, physical exercise, or even emotional stress.
In the body, the condition is caused by the inflammation of small tubes which connect the lungs to the trachea (or windpipe), called bronchi, causing surrounding muscle tissue to swell up. This leads to the narrowing of these vital airway passages, as well as the production of excess phlegm, which can cause even further obstruction.
Even though it is not completely known what makes people more susceptible to having asthma, those who do have it often tend to have a family history of the illness. The immune system is also thought to play a part; a heightened sensitivity to irritants can result in a more severe autoimmune response, leading to inflammation, and symptoms.
Treatment for the condition is available in two forms. Preventers more typically tend to be corticosteroids, which help to reduce inflammation, and are taken on a regular basis to limit the likelihood of an attack; whereas relievers are more of an on-demand medication, used to soothe an asthma attack while it is happening.
Salbutamol is the main agent in Airomir, and is a short-acting beta-2 agonist, or bronchodilator. This means that it combats symptoms by interacting with beta-2 receptors, and allowing the affected muscles to relax; thereby enabling the airways to dilate, facilitating easier breathing.
If you require asthma medication you should discuss this with your doctor. You cannot purchase this product from our online pharmacy.
How to use Airomir
It is vital when using Airomir to follow the guidelines supplied in the patient information leaflet, and to apply it as your prescriber has designated. This will help to maximise the efficacy of the product, while also reducing the risk of side effects.
- Administer in the manner described by your doctor.
- In adults, this will usually be one or two puffs to ease wheezing and shortness of breath brought on by asthma.
- You might also take one or two puffs before exercise.
- Do not exceed eight puffs in any 24 hour period.
- After using two puffs, wait four hours before applying another dose.
- If this level of treatment is insufficient in relieving symptoms, you should seek immediate medical attention.
- Consult the leaflet supplied for detailed instructions on how to use the device to administer the dose. Get your doctor or pharmacist to show you if you need further help.
More detailed directions can be found in the patient information leaflet. Read this fully before use.
Airomir side effects
Not everyone who uses this product will experience side effects, nevertheless, it is important to be aware of the nature of these so that you can seek medical attention if you need to. If, after using your autohaler, your asthma worsens, or you notice any signs of an allergic reaction, contact your doctor.
Itching, feeling or being sick, wheezing or tightness in your chest, dry mouth, irritation of the throat, taste aversion, dizziness, headache, tenseness, mild tremors, muscle cramping, or palpitations.
The information provided here is only a summary. Refer to the patient information leaflet for a more comprehensive index of associated side effects.
Taking it with other medicines
Inform your prescriber of any other prescription, non-prescription or remedial treatments you are currently using. Airomir may interact with or be rendered less effective by the following: xanthines such as aminophylline or theophylline; water tablets; long-term laxatives; metronidazole; disulfiram; steroids; beta-blockers, for instance propranolol; treatments for heart disease, like digoxin; monoamine oxidase-inhibitors such as phenelzine; or tricyclic antidepressants, including amitriptyline or trazodone.
Conditions to look out for
Certain conditions, or a history of them in the past, may mean that Salbutamol is not suitable for you to use. These include: thyroid problems; diabetes; serious heart disease; irregular heart rhythms; high blood pressure; severe asthma; hypoxia; or angina. You will be required to divulge all necessary information when you speak to your doctor..
Q&A: our Airomir discussion forum
Can I still drink alcohol?
Yes. The consumption of alcohol should not interfere with the function of this autohaler.
Will I still be able to drive?
Yes, if you experience no side effects which may make it unsafe for you to do so. If you do notice anything which may make driving unsafe, then you should not drive and let your doctor know as soon as possible.
Can I use this medicine while pregnant?
If you are pregnant or breastfeeding, you should only use Airomir if your doctor thinks you need it.
How do I store it?
Keep this inhaler below 30°C, away from direct sunlight or high temperatures, and in a safe place where the canister will not be punctured or damaged.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
Contained in this product are the following ingredients: salbutamol, oleic acid, ethanol, and propellant HFA-134a. If you are allergic to any of these components, do not use it.
Is it available over-the-counter?
No. You can only buy Airomir in the UK if you have a prescription from a registered healthcare professional.
Is it right for me?
Your doctor or respiratory nurse will be able to help you decide on the best form of treatment, and initiate a prescription where required.
If you are looking for a repeat prescription you will need to contact your GP surgery. It is not possible to purchase this item from our service.
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