What is a Ventolin Inhaler?

GlaxoSmithKlein's Salbutamol inhaler, known as the Ventolin inhaler is a widely used Ventolin delivery method for people suffering from asthma and other breathing disorders. This article seeks to describe what the inhaler is, useful for those who are unsure.

What is the Ventolin inhaler?

The Ventolin inhaler is a Ventolin delivery system aimed at delivering a set dose of Ventolin directly to your airways. It does this by forming a breathable vapour containing Ventolin that is then breathed in to treat respiratory symptoms. The metered dose inhaler (MDI) does this by using a liquid mix that evaporates and aerosolises when the inhaler is used.

Are there different types of Ventolin inhaler?

There are two main types of inhaler used to treat or prevent the onset of breathing difficulties. These are known as relief inhalers and preventative inhalers respectively. Ventolin inhalers are primarily classed as relief inhalers, that is they provide treatment after the onset of symptoms. This means that they are coloured blue. Preventative inhalers will have a different colour and may contain a different mix of drugs.

What does the Ventolin inhaler look like?

The Ventolin inhaler consists of a light blue, plastic casing with a darker blue mouthpiece protector. There is a space into which a canister of medication can be inserted and pressed down upon to release a puff of Ventolin.

What additions to the Ventoiln inhaler are commonly available?

Additions called spacers are available for use with the Ventolin inhaler. These attach to the inhaler mouthpiece, expanding the volume into which the puff of Ventolin can be dispersed into, helping it to be breathed in more efficiently. They consist of a large additional plastic volume with a connector for the inhaler mouthpiece and an extra mouthpiece to breath the vapour in through.

Face masks are also available for babies and young toddlers who may not otherwise be able to use an inhaler. These usually attach to the spacer and when placed over the mouth and nose, allow the baby to continue to breath normally while still receiving a dose of Ventolin.

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