Frequently asked Ventolin Questions
Ventolin Accuhaler and Evohaler are both inhalers used to treat the symptoms associated with asthma attacks, including shortness of breath, wheezing and coughing. They are also used to prevent exercise-induced asthma. The main medicine used for this is salbutamol, which acts as a bronchodilator. The medication works by relaxing muscles and opening the constricted airways.
Will Ventolin give me side effects?
Ventolin, like other medications, has the possibility of side effects that patients should be aware of. These side effects can include shaking or tremors, nervousness, coughing, nausea, and dizziness. While these are known to happen with initial use, if they continue to occur or worsen talk with your doctor or pharmacist.
It should also be noted that the reason Ventolin was prescribed was that the benefit outweighs the perceived side effects.
Can I combine different asthma medications?
Depending on what other medications are used while taking Ventolin, there may be moderate to severe interactions possible for a patient.
When taking Ventolin, avoid taking any anesthetics/sympathomimetic as there is a high chance of severe interaction that may result in the increase of blood pressure and heart rate, which subsequently increases the chances of developing an irregular heartbeat. If you are taking Ventolin and need to undergo a treatment that requires surgery, notify your health professionals immediately.
Some moderate interactions can occur when taking Beta-2 Agonists/Non-Cardioselective Beta-Blockers. These medications and Ventolin may cancel the effects of one another and cause both to work less than intended. Notify your doctor or pharmacist if you notice that your medication is not functioning as effectively as it should be.
Moderate interactions may also occur when combining Ventolin with Tricyclin Antidepressants. There is a chance that the antidepressants will reduce the beneficial effects of the medications while increasing the harmful side effects. Notify your doctor or pharmacist if your medication is not functioning as intended.
In general, speak to your doctor about any concerns you may have about the interaction of any medications you are taking and if any symptoms of interaction develop or cause your treatments to worsen.
Is asthma linked to hay fever?
Hay fever is the now more general name for allergies related to pollen from trees and weeds, though more specifically it refers to grass or hay pollen. While hay fever and asthma are not always linked, oftentimes hay fever can trigger asthma attacks and asthma symptoms in patients who have both. While older people can also develop hay fever, it predominantly occurs more in younger people. Also, there is research suggesting that people find their hay fever symptoms improve as they get older.
You can treat hay fever with nasal sprays and antihistamines which help to relieve the symptoms. You may also take your asthma medications along with your hay fever medications, as it is important to manage both as soon as possible.
Can you use inhalers during pregnancy?
While there is some concern about possible side effects during pregnancy, most medications can be safely used during pregnancy to treat asthma. It can be more dangerous to experience asthma attacks as they may reduce the air available to the unborn child.
Speak with a doctor to work on a plan that works best with your situation and what is safest for the baby and yourself.
Are the steroids in asthma medication harmful?
While steroids are known to have a long list of side effects, the steroids used in most inhalers are delivered in low enough doses as not to pose any threat. Those steroids go straight to the airways where they are used to open up the breathing passages. Very little is absorbed into the bloodstream afterwards to cause steroid based side effects.
If you are currently prescribed to take medications with a higher dosage of steroids, speak to your doctor about your worries and any possible side effects that may occur when taking such a treatment.
Will I outgrow asthma?
Asthma is a life-long condition that cannot be cured, but can be dealt with through proper medication and planning.
An action plan developed with your doctor can help to keep you safe from asthma symptoms and help you to prevent or deal with asthma attacks when they occur.
How can I exercise with asthma?
Exercising with asthma can cause exercised-induced bronchoconstriction (EIB), which is asthma brought on by the constricting of the airways due to exertion and physical activity.
In order to exercise with EIB, controller medications can be taken regularly to reduce the extent of the asthma systems. Medicines may also be taken just before exercising, and short acting-beta-agonists can be used to treat EIB when it does occur. Talk to your doctor to work out any action plans you want to use to treat your asthma symptoms to find what will work best for you.
Other than medications, you can also do strenuous warm ups and cooldowns to lessen the constriction of your airways and help ease your body in and out of such strenuous activity.
Is Asthma a serious illness?
Asthma is a life-long condition that affects millions of people around the world. More than that, there is a chance of death from acute asthma attacks and from not having timely medical attention provided to the patient.
However, asthma is something that, while serious, can be managed. With action plans, prescribed medication, and detailed consultation with doctors, the asthma symptoms can be managed so that a long, healthy life can be lived. Medications, such as Ventolin, can be used to handle symptoms so that pregnancy, exercise and more activities can become mainstays of your everyday life.