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  • Salbutamol


  • Medication features

    Salbutamol is an oral inhaler that belongs to the “reliever” family of medication. It is a fast-acting medication that works by opening the airways within the lungs and as a result, helps the patient breathe easier and relieve the symptoms of an asthmatic event. A patient can use one or two puffs when required.

    • Dilates the airways
    • Fast and effective relief from breathing difficulties
    • Cheaper version of Ventolin


NOTE: After selecting this product, you will need to complete a short assessment, so we can make sure this medication is suitable for you. Pricing is provided as a reference only. The final decision on issuing this medication remains with our Prescriber / Pharmacist.

Salbutamol, sold under the brand name Ventolin, is an ingredient used in inhalers to help relieve any sudden symptoms of asthma. It is a short-acting inhaler medication that helps to widen the vessels in the lungs to allow better oxygen supply, making it easier to breathe.


Inhale one to two puffs up to four times a day when required.


  • How long does Salbutamol inhaler take to work?

    When you take a puff of your Salbutamol inhaler, it works almost straight away to make your breathing easier. It carries on working for about 5 hours.

  • How long will I need to use my Salbutamol inhaler?

    Most people will use a Salbutamol inhaler for many years. You should always have your Salbutamol inhaler with you so you can use it as soon as you have breathing problems.

    Do not stop taking Salbutamol unless your doctor tells you to. If you stop taking Salbutamol, your breathing problems could get worse.

  • Is it safe to use a Salbutamol inhaler for a long time?

    Salbutamol inhaler is a very safe medicine. There’s no evidence that it does any lasting damage to your body even if you use it for many years.

  • Can I drink alcohol with the inhaler?

    Yes, you can drink alcohol with Salbutamol.

  • Can I smoke if I use a Salbutamol inhaler?

    Try not to smoke if using a Salbutamol inhaler. Smoking irritates the lungs and will make your breathing problem worse. Speak to your doctor, nurse or pharmacist if you’re finding it hard to stop smoking. Here at Pharmacy Online, we can offer help for smoking cessation.

Side Effects

There is always a risk of side effects with all medications. Some of these can be quite mild and can subside over time. Others are more serious and should be reported to your GP right away if you experience any side effects. Please contact a member of our team if you are concerned about any potential side effects that may occur when using Salbutamol.

Common side effects include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Mild trembling or shaking


Info Leaflet

Before taking any medicines, regardless of whether they are over the counter or prescription-only, it is essential always to read the patient information leaflet.

Patient Information Leaflet