How to use Ventolin
Before using it for the first time, shake the puffer well and prime it by spraying it into the air four times. This way you’ll get the full and accurate dose you’ve been prescribed.
You can see how many doses the aerosol has on the device, which starts at 200. If you’re running low, be sure to have another aerosol handy.
To use it, first make sure you’re sitting or standing up straight. Take the mouthpiece off and check everything is clean and clear. Then shake the puffer a few times to make sure all the ingredients are mixed.
Next, breathe out and hold your thumb against the base of the puffer. Make a seal with your lips around the mouthpiece and breathe in. While doing this, press down on the canister to release the medicine. Hold your breath for as long as you’re comfortable.
If you’re taking two puffs, wait about thirty seconds before you start again. Put the cover back on the mouthpiece after using it.
How long does it take for Ventolin to work?
As Ventolin is used to treat an asthma attack, it needs to get to work quickly. It can take a few minutes before you feel its effects, but it should be noticeable almost immediately.
Can you take too much Ventolin?
Ventolin is usually needed two to four times a day, but in certain circumstances this can increase to eight puffs within a 24-hour period. You shouldn’t exceed this though.
If you take more Ventolin than you should, you might experience unpleasant side effects. Symptoms of a Ventolin overdose include a rapid heart rate, hyperactivity and feeling shaky.
If you notice any of these symptoms you should seek immediate medical help. They should subside after a few hours, but it’s better to be cautious.
Medically reviewed by
Dr Daniel Atkinson
GP Clinical Lead
on August 02, 2022.
This page was medically reviewed by Dr Daniel Atkinson, GP Clinical Lead
on August 02, 2022. Next review due on August 01, 2024.
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