Salbutamol 100micrograms/dose inhaler CFC free
Information specific to Salbutamol 100micrograms/dose inhaler CFC free when used in Asthma
· How to use your medicine – includes taking, storing and stopping your medicine, what to do if you take too much, plus theingredients of your medicine.
· Warnings – covers the suitability of the medicine for you and side effects and interactions with other medicines.
· Your medicine and everyday activities – includes alcohol, your diet, complementary medicines and vitamins as well asdriving.
· Family planning – provides advice about whether this medicine is suitable for you in pregnancy and breast feeding.
In breathing disorders, Salbutamol relaxes muscles in the air passages of the lungs. It helps to keep the airways open, making it easier to breathe.
Inhaled preparations of Salbutamol are fast acting. They can make your breathing easier and relieve bronchospasm within minutes.
Always have your inhaler with you in case you need it. Ask your prescriber or nurse for advice on what to do if you have anasthma attack.
You can use Salbutamol to prevent asthma attacks caused by triggers such as house dust, pollen, cats, dogs and exercise.
When you are having an asthma attack you should use a fast acting preparation of Salbutamol as directed by your prescriber. If your normal inhaled dose of Salbutamol does not give you the same amount of relief then you should contact yourprescriber for more advice. They may want you to have additional treatment.
You need to use Salbutamol as prescribed in order to get the best results from using it. The pharmacy label will tell you how much you should take.
Other information about Salbutamol:
· in certain situations your prescriber may advise you to use a higher dose of your medicine than normal
Do not share your medicine with other people. It may not be suitable for them and may harm them.
The pharmacy label on your medicine tells you how much medicine you should use. It also tells you how often you should use your medicine. This is the dose that you and your prescriber have agreed you should use. You should not change the dose of your medicine unless you are told to do so by your prescriber.
If you feel that the medicine is making you unwell or you do not think it is working, then talk to your prescriber.
When to take your medicine
Some medicines work best if they are taken at a specific time of day. Getting the most benefit from your medicine can also be affected by what you eat, when you eat and the times at which you take other medicines.
Specific information on when to use Salbutamol can be found in the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with this medicineor on the medicine label. You can also ask your doctor or pharmacist for information about when to take your medicine.
How to take your medicine
Some medicines have specific instructions about how to take them. This is because they work better when taken correctly. These instructions can include getting the right dose and special instructions for preparing the medicine.
Specific information on how to use Salbutamol can be found in the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with this medicineor on the medicine label. Alternatively, you can request information about how to take your medicine from your doctor orpharmacist.
If you are having problems taking this form of Salbutamol, you should talk to your prescriber or pharmacist. They may be able to give you advice on other ways to take your medicine or other preparations that are easier for you to take.
Taking too much of your medicine
Taking extra doses of some medicines can be harmful. In some cases even one extra dose can cause you problems. If you take extra doses of your medicine, you must get medical advice immediately. You may need a test to assess the effect of taking extra doses. This is because the effects of taking too much medicine are very complex so it is very important that you seek medical advice.
Contact your prescriber, pharmacist, specialist clinic or call 111 for advice.
Make sure you take all of your medicine containers with you if you are advised to go to hospital.
Stopping your medicine
Suddenly stopping your medicine may cause your original condition to return. This is why you must speak to your prescriber if you are having any problems using your medicine.
If you are not having any problems taking this medicine then do not stop using it, even if you feel better, unless advised to do so by your prescriber.
If you are in any doubt, contact your prescriber, pharmacist, specialist clinic or call 111.
Looking after your medicine
The instructions on how you should keep your medicine are on the pharmacy label. It is a good idea to keep your medicine in the original container. This will help to keep your medicine in the best condition and also allow you to check the instructions. Do not take the medicine if the packaging appears to have been tampered with or if the medicine shows any signs of damage. Make sure that the medicine is out of the sight and reach of children.
Specific information on how to look after Salbutamol can be found in the Patient Information Leaflet that comes with thismedicine or on the medicine label. Alternatively, you can request information about how to look after your medicine from yourdoctor or pharmacist.
You must not take the medicine after the expiry date shown on the packaging. If you have any unused medicine, return it to your pharmacist who will dispose of it safely.
Whether this medicine is suitable for you
Salbutamol is not suitable for everyone and some people should never use it. Other people should only use it with special care. It is important that the person prescribing this medicine knows your full medical history.
Your prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all if you:
· are allergic or sensitive to or have had a reaction to any of the ingredients in the medicine
· have a low level of oxygen in the blood
· have heart disease
· have thyrotoxicosis
Furthermore the prescriber may only prescribe this medicine with special care or may not prescribe it at all for a child who is under four years of age.
As part of the process of assessing suitability to take this medicine a prescriber may also arrange tests:
· to check that this medicine is not having any undesired effects
Over time it is possible that Salbutamol can become unsuitable for some people, or they may become unsuitable for it. If at any time it appears that Salbutamol has become unsuitable, it is important that the prescriber is contacted immediately.
A medicine is only made available to the public if the clinical trials have shown that the benefits of taking the medicineoutweigh the risks.
Once a medicine has been licensed, information on the medicine's effects, both intended and unintended, is continuously recorded and updated.
Some side-effects may be serious while others may only be a mild inconvenience.
Everyone's reaction to a medicine is different. It is difficult to predict which side-effects you will have from taking a particularmedicine, or whether you will have any side-effects at all. The important thing is to tell your prescriber or pharmacist if you are having problems with your medicine.
Common: More than 1 in 100 people who use Salbutamol
· faster heart rate
Uncommon: More than 1 in 1000 people who use Salbutamol
· irritation of the mouth or throat
· muscle cramps
Rare: More than 1 in 10,000 people who use Salbutamol
· metabolic problems
· vasodilatation of the extremities
Very rare: Fewer than 1 in 10,000 people who use Salbutamol
· heart problems - seek medical advice if you get chest pain while using Salbutamol
· hypersensitivity reactions including angioedema, urticaria, bronchospasm, lowered blood pressure or collapse
· paradoxical bronchospasm with an increase in wheezing - if this happens to you, stop having Salbutamol, use a differentfast acting inhaled bronchodilator to relieve your symptoms and contact your prescriber immediately
If you feel unwell or if you have concerns about a side-effect, you will need to seek advice. If you feel very ill, get medical help straight away. Contact your prescriber, pharmacist, nurse or call 111.
Taking other medicines
If you are taking more than one medicine they may interact with each other. At times your prescriber may decide to usemedicines that interact, in other cases this may not be appropriate.
The decision to use medicines that interact depends on your specific circumstances. Your prescriber may decide to usemedicines that interact, if it is believed that the benefits of taking the medicines together outweigh the risks. In such cases, it may be necessary to alter your dose or monitor you more closely.
Tell your prescriber the names of all the medicines that you are taking so that they can consider all possible interactions. This includes all the medicines which have been prescribed by your GP, hospital doctor, dentist, nurse, health visitor, midwife orpharmacist. You must also tell your prescriber about medicines which you have bought over the counter without prescriptions.
The following medicines may interact with Salbutamol:
The following types of medicine may interact with Salbutamol:
· non-selective beta-blockers
· xanthine derivatives
If you are taking Salbutamol and one of the above medicines or types of medicines, make sure your prescriber knows about it
Complementary preparations and vitamins
Medicines can interact with complementary preparations and vitamins. In general, there is not much information available about interactions between medicines and complementary preparations or vitamins.
If you are planning to take or are already taking any complementary preparations and vitamins you should ask your prescriberwhether there are any known interactions with Salbutamol.
Your prescriber can advise whether it is appropriate for you to take combinations that are known to interact. They can also discuss with you the possible effect that the complementary preparations and vitamins may have on your condition.
If you experience any unusual effects while taking this medicine in combination with complementary preparations andvitamins, you should tell your prescriber.
Driving and operating machinery
When taking any medicine you should be aware that it might interfere with your ability to drive or operate machinery safely.
Like all medicines Salbutamol can cause side effects. You should see how this medicine affects you and then judge if you are safe to drive or operate machinery. If you are in any doubt, talk to your prescriber.
Medicines can interact with certain foods. In some cases, this may be harmful and your prescriber may advise you to avoid certain foods.
In the case of Salbutamol:
· there are no specific foods that you must exclude from your diet when using Salbutamol
Alcohol can interact with certain medicines.
In the case of Salbutamol:
· there are no known interactions between alcohol and Salbutamol
Family planning and pregnancy
Most medicines, in some way, can affect the development of a baby in the womb. The effect on the baby differs betweenmedicines and also depends on the stage of pregnancy that you have reached when you take the medicine.
In the case of Salbutamol:
· you should only use this medicine during pregnancy if your doctor thinks that you need it
You need to discuss your specific circumstances with your doctor to weigh up the overall risks and benefits of taking thismedicine. You and your doctor can make a decision about whether you are going to take this medicine during pregnancy.
If the decision is that you should not have Salbutamol, then you should discuss whether there is an alternative medicine that you could take during pregnancy.
Certain medicines can pass into breast milk and may reach your baby through breast-feeding.
In the case of Salbutamol:
· this medicine may pass into breast milk. It is not known if using Salbutamol and breast-feeding may affect your baby
If you are breast-feeding your doctor will weigh up the overall risks and benefits of you having this medicine and decide what is best for you and your baby. You should only breast-feed your baby while having this medicine on the advice of your doctor.
Ingredients of your medicine
Medicines contain active ingredients. They may also contain other, additional ingredients that help ensure the stability, safety and effectiveness of the medicine. They are also added to improve the medicine's appearance and to make it easier to use. Some may be used to prolong the life of the medicine.
This medicine contains salbutamol.
We are unable to list all of the ingredients for your medicine here. For a full list, you should refer to the patient information leaflet that comes with this medicine. You should check that you are able to take the ingredients of your medicine, especially if you have any allergies. You should also check whether any of these ingredients are known to have side-effects.
If you are not able to take any of the ingredients in your medicine, talk to your prescriber or pharmacist to see if they can suggest an alternative medicine. If you have reacted badly to Salbutamol before, do not take Salbutamol. Talk to yourprescriber, pharmacist or nurse as soon as possible.