Salbutamol is a 'reliever' and works by relaxing the muscles of the airways which makes it easier to breathe. It should be taken only when it is needed, 1-2 puffs up to a maximum of 4 times in 24 hours. It should give you quick relief from breathing problems caused by your asthma.
If you have a sudden asthma attack, then you can take more salbutamol. You can take up to 10 puffs, but you should shake the inhaler and wait 30 seconds between doses. You can repeat this dose 10 minutes later.
Before you start the treatment, please read the manufacturers leaflet contained with the medication. This contains more information and diagrams to show you how to use the inhaler, how to keep it clean, how long to use it before getting a replacement and lists all the potential side effects.
Monitoring how often you are using your Salbutamol inhaler
If you are using your salbutamol inhaler more than three times a week, it could be a sign that your asthma is not well controlled. It is important to speak with your nurse doctor or pharmacist to review your asthma control.
How long it takes to work
Your salbutamol inhaler works almost straight away once you take a puff helping to make your breathing easier. It will continue working for about 5 hours.
Driving or operating machinery
If Salbutamol makes you feel dizzy or shaky then do not drive, cycle or use tools or machinery until you feel better.
You can drink alcohol with salbutamol.