Salamol is a reliever treatment, used in asthma and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. It is made in the UK by IVAX.
We do not provide asthma treatment through our online pharmacy at present. We recommend making an appointment with your GP in person to be prescribed medication.
Salamol is a type of asthma treatment called a reliever, and is made by IVAX. It is available in a range of forms, including: a standard inhaler; an Easi-Breathe inhaler; and as a Steri-Neb, or nebuliser solution. Relievers are used as and when required to alleviate symptoms. They can also be used to prevent the effects of asthma when applied 15 minutes prior to: exposure to a known trigger which might be the presence of an allergen; or exercise.
- Fast-acting relief
- Comes as a nebuliser solution or an inhaler
- Easi-breathe version also available to buy
Asthma is not uncommon. In the UK alone, it is estimated that around 5.5 million people live with the condition. The symptoms associated with it are easy to spot, and include coughing, breathlessness and wheezing. They generally surface when the person with the condition comes into contact with an irritant. Frequent triggers are smoke, cold air, dust, chemical residue, and allergens such as pollen. Some people also experience flare-ups when they exercise, and others may get them during times of distress.
Symptoms can sometimes manifest in severe episodes, called asthma attacks. These will usually require medical attention; but milder instances are treatable with short acting beta-2 agonists, like Salamol, which provide short-term relief.
Inflammation in the airways which connect the lungs to the windpipe is the principal cause of asthma. This is thought to come about as a result of heightened immune response to certain irritants. When these airways are inflamed, the surrounding muscle walls become tense and this makes airways narrower. The result is an increased difficulty to breathe. This is compounded by the production of excess phlegm, which can also occur as a consequence of asthma exacerbation.
The active constituent in Salamol is a chemical called salbutamol. It works by providing stimulation to beta-2 receptors. In doing this, it helps the muscles lining the airways to relax, dilating bronchi and allowing for the easier passage of air. This facilitates smoother breathing, and reduces symptoms.
It is important if you think your asthma is getting worse or your reliever treatment is not working as well as it should to speak to your doctor. They may need to issue alternative forms of medication.
Please note that Salamol is not available to buy through our online clinic service. Speak to your GP if you need help finding the right asthma treatment or renewing your regular prescription.
Make sure you follow the directions issued by your prescriber when using this treatment. Doing so will enable you to maximise its efficiency. To limit the risk of potential side effects, you should also read the patient information leaflet fully before use.
- Take as directed.
For Salamol Easi-Breathe:
- Apply when required to relieve asthma symptoms.
- The starting dose is usually one puff. This can be increased to two puffs where appropriate.
- Leave at least four hours between doses and do not take more than four puffs in any one 24-hour period.
- Flip down the cover.
- Prior to use, spray two test shots into the air.
- Shake well.
- Breathe out as far as you can comfortably.
- Put the inhaler to your mouth as per the instructions.
- Inhale until the dose has been dispensed.
- Hold your breath for as close to 10 seconds as you can before breathing out again.
- If you are taking more than one puff, wait for one minute before re-applying the above steps.
For Salamol Inhaler:
- Administer as required.
- One puff is the standard initial dose. This may be raised to two puffs as and when necessary.
- Allow a period of four hours between doses, and do not take more than four puffs in any one day.
- Take the cap off the inhaler.
- Fire two test shots into the air before using it.
- Breathe out as far as you can without forcing.
- Place and hold the mouthpiece between your lips.
- Begin to inhale, at the same time pressing down on the canister.
- Once the dose has been fired, hold your breath for around 10 seconds.
- Breathe out slowly.
- Those applying more than one puff should wait for around a minute before repeating this process.
For Salamol Steri-Neb:
- Take as and when needed.
- A recommended starting dose may be 2.5mg up to three or four times per day.
- Your doctor may increase this to 5mg if required.
- This treatment should only be used with a nebuliser. Squeeze the contents of one Steri-Neb into your nebuliser cup.
- Operate your nebuliser as per the manufacturer’s directions.
For all treatments:
- Do not take more than your doctor has prescribed for you.
- If your symptoms deteriorate, you should seek medical attention.
The directions listed here are provided only as a guide. More detailed instructions can be located in the leaflet supplied with each medicine.
Inform your doctor straight away if you notice any signs which may constitute an allergic reaction, or worsening asthma symptoms. More information on these can be located in the product leaflet.
Common (1 in 10 people or less):
Feeling shaky, headache or dizziness.
Uncommon (1 in 100 people or less):
Mouth and throat irritation, muscle cramps.
Rare (1 in 1,000 people or less):
Lowered levels of potassium in your blood, increased blood flow to your extremities, difficulty sleeping, hallucinations, or irregular heartbeat.
Very rare (1 in 10,000 people or less):
Please note that the side effects relating to each product may vary slightly. This is not a complete list. Comprehensive information relating to side effects can be obtained in the patient information leaflet supplied for these items.
Taking it with other medicines
Let your doctor know if you are using any of the following, or any other treatments at all during consultation, as they may be affected by Salamol or interfere with its function: beta-blockers such as propranolol; digoxin; phenelzine or tricyclic antidepressants such as amitriptyline or trazodone; diuretics; disulfiram; or metronidazole.
Conditions to look out for
It is important to disclose your medical history to your prescriber before use, as some conditions may mean that this product is not suitable for you. These include: thyroid problems; high blood pressure; diabetes; heart disease; irregular heartbeat or angina; glaucoma; or hypoxia.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Speak to your doctor before using Salamol if you are pregnant, breastfeeding or trying to conceive.
Driving and using machinery
This item is not likely to affect your capacity to drive or use machines.
Can I still drink alcohol?
Yes. It is not thought that alcohol compromises the effectiveness of this product.
Will I still be able to drive?
Yes. Your capacity to drive should not be influenced. However, if you experience any side effects which could affect your driving, you should avoid doing so and contact your nearest healthcare professional.
Can I use this medicine while pregnant?
You should only use Salamol while pregnant or breastfeeding if your doctor thinks you need it.
How do I store it?
Do not store any of these products above 25°C. Keep them in a safe place out of the reach of children.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
Salamol Steri-Neb contains: salbutamol, sodium chloride, dilute sulphuric acid, and water for injections.
The inhaler contains: salbutamol, ethanol anhydrous (alcohol) and the propellant norflurane (HFA-134a).
In Salamol Easi-Breathe are the following constituents: salbutamol, ethanol anhydrous and the propellant norflurane.
Do not use these items if you are allergic to any containing ingredients.
Is it available over-the-counter?
This product is prescription only, meaning that you can only buy it after consultation with a doctor. Our service allows you to have your case reviewed by a practitioner, who will issue a prescription for your treatment if it is suitable.
Is it right for me?
The asthma treatment you use will be determined by your regular doctor or your respiratory nurse. They will be able to start your prescription medication following a review of your asthma.
Salamol is not currently available through our pharmacy service. To have your regular prescription renewed, we recommend making an appointment with your doctor in person.
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