Salbulin Novolizer is a device used to medicate asthma. It is made by Meda, and is only available in the UK with a prescription. Salbulin contains a functioning component called salbutamol, which is a type of treatment called a bronchodilator. These are used by people with asthma to relieve symptoms when they occur. In some cases, they may be applied prior to contact with a known trigger, to prevent symptoms from occurring.
- Short-acting relief from symptoms
- Can be taken as a precautionary measure
- Easily applied device
It is thought that around 5.5 million people in the UK have asthma, making it a very common condition. Most people with this illness will usually experience it from a young age, and although many of those ‘outgrow’ it, others may continue to display symptoms well into adulthood.
Coughing, wheezing and shortness of breath are synonymous with asthma, and can sometimes occur in severe, intense episodes, otherwise known as asthma attacks. While an attack may necessitate attention from a doctor, milder instances can often be self-treated, with reliever medication. (However frequent repeated attacks usually benefit from preventer medication.)
Why some people have asthma and others do not isn’t completely understood. The actions of the immune system play a large part in making the condition flare up, leading some to believe that it could be related to a person’s environment during childhood; repeated exposure to certain elements, or a lack of exposure, are often cited as causes. Some doctors also think that a genetic predisposition to the condition could be a factor too.
In response to certain irritants, the immune system can sometimes produce a chemical reaction which causes inflammation. These irritants may be airborne pollutants, such as chemical residue, dust, allergens such as pollen, smoke, or even cold air. When this inflammation occurs in the airways, muscles lining respiratory pipes can become tense and cause them to narrow. This makes it harder for the person experiencing inflammation to breathe, and causes the symptoms we associate with asthma. These symptoms can be further exacerbated by the production of excess mucus, which can be another consequence of this inflammatory response.
Short-acting or reliever treatment, such as Salbulin Novolizer, aims to reduce the irritation caused by inflammation. It does this by motivating the function of beta-2 receptors. This then encourages contracted muscles to relax, and helps to dilate the airways, making breathing easier. It is inhaled through a device similar to an inhaler, which accepts cartridges containing metered doses of the active ingredient.
This treatment is not available through our pharmacy at present. If you are seeking prescription asthma medication, we advise that you see your doctor in person.
Administer this product in the manner prescribed by your doctor, and familiarise yourself with the patient information leaflet prior to use. This will help you to limit the likelihood of side effects and get the most out of your medicine.
- Take as directed.
- In the majority of cases, this may be a starting dose of one puff when asthma symptoms occur, increasing to two puffs if necessary.
- Allow at least four hours between doses.
- Do not exceed eight puffs in any one 24-hour period.
- It may also be used to prevent the onset of symptoms in anticipation of a known trigger. In this case, it is advisable to take it 10-15 minutes beforehand.
- Detailed instructions on how to use the Novolizer device can be located in the patient information leaflet.
- Those who are still not sure how to apply this device should ask their doctor or pharmacist for help.
These instructions are intended only as a guide. Refer to the leaflet supplied for more detailed directions.
It is vital to be aware of the potential side effects your medication may cause prior to use, so that you can take the appropriate action if they occur. Seek medical attention right away if you notice any signs of an allergic reaction, or if after using your novolizer, your asthma symptoms suddenly become worse.
Common (1 in 10 people or less):
Strange or unusual taste, irritation of the throat and mouth, cough, shakiness, dizziness, restlessness, feeling sick, headache or sweating.
Rare (1 in 1,000 people or less):
Muscle cramps or pain.
Very rare (1 in 10,000 people or less):
This is not a complete list of the side effects this product may induce. For a full list, consult the leaflet supplied.
Taking it with other medicines
Let your prescriber know if you are using any other treatments, as they may cause this product to be less effective or vice versa. Salbulin may interact with: steroids or xanthine derivatives; water tablets such as furosemide; digoxin; beta-blockers; or antidepressants such as moclobemide, phenelzine, amitriptyline, clomipramine or imipramine.
Conditions to look out for
Your prescriber needs to be made aware of your medical history during consultation, as some conditions may make it unsuitable for use. These include but are not limited to the following: heart problems; high blood pressure; aneurysm; overactive thyroid gland; diabetes; or a tumour near your kidney.
Pregnancy and breastfeeding
Salbulin should only be used during pregnancy if considered absolutely essential by your doctor.
If you are pregnant, trying to become pregnant, or breastfeeding, check with your doctor before using this treatment.
Driving and using machinery
There is no information on the effects of this treatment on driving and use of machines.
This medication contains lactose. Tell your prescriber if you have any intolerances to sugar.
Can I still drink alcohol?
Yes. Alcohol should not interfere with the efficacy of this product.
Will I still be able to drive?
Yes. It is not likely to affect your ability to drive. However, if you experience any side effects which you think could impair your judgement or motor skills, it is important that you do not drive and seek immediate medical advice.
Can I use this medicine while pregnant?
It may not be suitable for you if you are pregnant, or breastfeeding. Your doctor may suggest an alternative course of treatment in these cases.
How do I store it?
Keep at a temperature below 30°C and away from sources of moisture.
Am I allergic to anything in the medicine?
Contained in this product are the following: salbutamol and lactose monohydrate. Do not use it if you are allergic to any of these ingredients.
Is it available over-the-counter?
You will require a prescription in order to buy Salbulin in the UK. This can be obtained following consultation with a doctor.
Is it right for me?
Your doctor or asthma nurse will help you to decide the best form of medication for your condition.
Patients please note that we do not offer Salbulin through our clinic at this time.
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