In this drug factsheet:DIN (Drug Identification Number)
|02243828 ||APO-SALVENT STERULES 0.5MG/ML RESPIRATOR SOLUTION|
|02046741 ||APO-SALVENT 5MG/ML RESPIRATOR SOLUTION|
|02245669 ||APO-SALVENT 100 µG CFC FREE INHALER|
|02231488 ||APO-SALVENT STERULES 2.5MG/2. ML RESPIRATOR SOLUTION|
|02231678 ||APO-SALVENT STERULES 2MG/ML RESPIRATOR SOLUTION|
How does this medication work? What will it do for me?
Salbutamol belongs to a class of medications called bronchodilators, and more specifically, β2-adrenergic agonists. This medication is used to treat asthma, chronic bronchitis, and other breathing disorders.
Inhaled salbutamol is also used to prevent asthma attacks caused by exercise. It works by relaxing the muscles in the walls of the small airways in the lungs. This helps to open up the airways and make breathing easier.
This medication may be available under multiple brand names and/or in several different forms. Any specific brand name of this medication may not be available in all of the forms or approved for all of the conditions discussed here. As well, some forms of this medication may not be used for all of the conditions discussed here.
Your doctor may have suggested this medication for conditions other than those listed in these drug information articles. If you have not discussed this with your doctor or are not sure why you are using this medication, speak to your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without consulting your doctor.
Do not give this medication to anyone else, even if they have the same symptoms as you do. It can be harmful for people to use this medication if their doctor has not prescribed it.
How should I use this medication?
Aerosol inhaler: The usual dose to relieve asthma symptoms is 1 to 2 inhalations (also called "puffs") for people 12 years of age and older, and 1 puff for children 6 to 11 years of age. More puffs may be needed to relieve symptoms during a more severe attack.
The usual dose for long-term treatment of asthma is 1 to 2 puffs (or 1 puff in children 4 years and older) 4 times per day. The maximum daily dose is 8 puffs for adults and 4 puffs for children.
For preventing exercise-induced asthma, the usual dose is 2 puffs before exercise for adults and 1 puff before exercise for children.
Nebulizer solution: For people over 12 years of age, the usual dose is 2.5 mg to 5.0 mg up to 4 times per day. For children 5 to 12 years of age, the usual dose is 2.5 mg up to 4 times a day.
Diskus: The usual dose to relieve asthma symptoms for adults and children 4 years and older is 1 inhalation as needed. The usual dose for long-term treatment of asthma is 1 inhalation 3 to 4 times per day. The maximum daily dose is 4 puffs per day. For preventing exercise-induced asthma, the usual dose is 1 inhalation 15 minutes before exercise.
Many things can affect the dose of a medication that a person needs, such as body weight, other medical conditions, and other medications. If your doctor has recommended a dose different from the ones listed here, do not change the way that you are using the medication without consulting your doctor.
To ensure administration of the proper dose of this medication, make sure you are instructed by your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care professional in the proper use of the inhaler, Diskus, or nebulizer systems.
The use of these inhalation systems by children depends on the ability of the individual child to learn the proper use of the devices. During inhalation, children should be assisted or supervised by an adult who knows how to use these devices properly. For inhalers, your doctor may recommend a spacer device to help ensure the medication is used properly.
It is very important not to exceed the prescribed dose. If the effects of this medication last for less than 3 hours or if you notice a sudden worsening of your breathing, contact your doctor immediately. If you need to use this medication more than usual, contact your doctor.
Always keep your salbutamol inhaler with you to use immediately for an asthma attack.
It is important to use this medication exactly as prescribed by your doctor. If you are using inhaled salbutamol on a schedule and you miss a dose, use it as soon as possible and continue with your regular schedule. If it is almost time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and continue with your regular dosing schedule. Do not use a double dose to make up for a missed one. If you are not sure what to do after missing a dose, contact your doctor or pharmacist for advice.
Store this medication at room temperature and keep it out of the reach of children. The contents of the canister of the inhaler are under pressure and may explode if heated. Do not place it in hot water, near radiators, stoves, or other sources of heat. The Diskus should be stored in a dry place at a temperature not more than 30°C. The respirator solution and nebules should be protected from light. Respirator solution that has not been used within 1 month of opening the container should be discarded appropriately.
Do not dispose of medications in wastewater (e.g. down the sink or in the toilet) or in household garbage. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medications that are no longer needed or have expired.
What form(s) does this medication come in?
CFC-Free Metered dose inhaler
Each depression of the valve delivers salbutamol 100 µg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: oleic acid, ethanol, and propellant HFA-134a. Contains no CFCs.
Each mL of solution contains salbutamol sulfate, equivalent to salbutamol base 5 mg. Nonmedicinal ingredients: benzalkonium chloride and dilute sulfuric acid.
Each sterule contains salbutamol sulfate 0.5 mg in normal saline 1 mL. Nonmedicinal ingredients: sodium chloride, dilute sulfuric acid (to adjust pH between 3.0 and 4.5), and water.
1 mg/mL Sterules
Each sterule contains salbutamol sulfate 2.5 mg in normal saline 2.5 mL. Nonmedicinal ingredients: sodium chloride, dilute sulfuric acid (to adjust pH between 3.0 and 4.5), and water.
2 mg/mL Sterules
Each sterule contains salbutamol sulfate 5 mg in normal saline 2.5 mL. Nonmedicinal ingredients: sodium chloride, dilute sulfuric acid (to adjust pH between 3.0 and 4.5), and water.
Who should NOT take this medication?
Do not use inhaled salbutamol if you:
- are allergic to salbutamol or any ingredients of the medication
- are allergic to lactose, milk protein or milk (for Diskus only)