Pulvinal Salbutamol is an inhaler made by Chiesi, containing an asthma relieving agent. It is the generic version of Ventolin, and performs the same function. As a reliever medication, it is applied as and when required to aid those experiencing asthma symptoms. It can also be used as a precautionary measure when a user knows they are going to encounter a trigger imminently.
- Efficient reliever medicine
- Clear and simple administration
- Fights symptoms fast
Asthma is a common condition. The NHS estimates that it treats around five and a half million people in the UK for the illness each year. While some people may ‘grow out’ of the condition as they get older, many will continue to experience symptoms throughout their adult life. These include coughing, shortness of breath, and a wheezing sound when exhaling.
The illness is the result of inflammation in the windpipe and the small tubes connecting this to the lungs, otherwise known as bronchi. When inflamed, the muscles which line these tubes become taut and tense up, making the airways narrower and resulting in breathing difficulties. Something else which also occurs as a result of this is the increased production of mucus. This can further block the airways, and contribute towards breathlessness.
This inflammation is often the product of an over-sensitive immune system, responding to certain stimuli, such as smoke, dust, chemical particles, or even cold air. In some cases, physical exercise can trigger symptoms as well, as can emotional stress.
There are two main approaches to treating asthma. One is referred to as preventative medication, and this usually comprises a course of corticosteroids, which is used to reduce inflammation and thereby prevent an attack; whereas relievers are employed when symptoms are being felt, and work to curb their severity.
Pulvinal Salbutamol falls into the reliever category. This contains an agent called salbutamol which is a beta-2 agonist. It combats symptoms by providing stimulation to beta-2 receptors. In doing this, it helps contracted muscle walls to relax, and this dilates the airways and makes it easier for the user to breathe.
You should arrange an appointment with your GP or asthma specialist in order to discuss treatment options. You cannot purchase this item from our UK pharmacy.
It is vital to follow the directions supplied by your prescriber when using this inhaler, and to adhere to the guidelines set out in the patient information leaflet. Not only will this help to reduce the likelihood of side effects, but it will also help to optimise the efficacy of the treatment.
- Apply as prescribed.
- This, most typically, will be one puff applied when symptoms occur.
- One dose should last for four hours. You must wait for at least this duration to pass before administering another dose.
- Never use more than four puffs in any one 24-hour period.
- The medication can also be applied as a precautionary measure, prior to exposure to a known trigger.
- To use Pulvinal Salbutamol inhaler, take off the protective cap.
- Hold down the blue button and rotate the inhaler 180 degrees until a red mark appears in the mouthpiece. The inhaler is now loaded.
- Rotate a further 180 degrees, until a green mark is shown. This indicates that the inhaler is ready to dispense its contents.
- Breathe out as much as you comfortably can.
- Place the inhaler between your lips.
- Inhale sharply and deeply.
- Hold your breath, and begin breathing again after a few seconds.
- Replace the cover.
More detailed instructions will be supplied with the medication. If you are still not sure how to use it, ask your doctor for help.
This product, just like any other medication, may induce side effects. If you display any signs of an allergic reaction, or encounter worsening asthma symptoms following the administration of your inhaler, seek urgent medical attention.
Common (1 in 10 people or less):
Feelings of shakiness or headache.
Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):
Rare (1 in 1,000 people or less):
Increased blood flow to your extremities, or muscle cramps.
Very rare (1 in 10,000 people or less):
Irregular heartbeat, or rapid heartbeats with or without flushing.
The above is not a complete list of side effects. A more detailed account can be located in the leaflet supplied.
Taking it with other medicines
Inform your prescriber if you are using any other drugs when you undergo consultation. The following may interact with Pulvinal: beta-blockers such as propranolol; water tablets (or diuretics); theophylline, aminophylline or steroids; or antidepressants.
Conditions to look out for
This product may not be suitable for you if you have or have ever had: an overactive thyroid; heart disease; or chest pains.
Can I still drink alcohol?
Yes. This product should not be affected by the consumption of alcohol.
Will I still be able to drive?
Yes. It is not likely that this treatment will interfere with your capacity to drive. But, if you notice any side effects which could cause problems for you when driving, you should refrain from doing so and notify your doctor.
Can I use this medicine while pregnant?
Talk to your doctor before using this treatment if you are pregnant or breastfeeding.
How do I store it?
In a secure environment, out of the reach of children, and at room temperature.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
Contained in this inhaler are the following: salbutamol and lactose monohydrate. You should not use it if you are allergic to or unable to tolerate either of these components.
Is it available over-the-counter?
No. You can only get Pulvinal if you have first consulted with a doctor.
Is it right for me?
Your respiratory nurse or GP will initiate treatment following a review of your condition and symptoms. Talk to your doctor if you have asthma and would like to know more about this item.
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