Order Salbutamol asthma inhaler

Salamol CFC-free 100µg reliever inhaler box

The Salbutamol inhaler is the most common type of treatment for asthma. It helps to relax the airway muscles during an asthma attack, to improve breathing.

To place an order for a repeat prescription online, fill in our brief questionnaire. You can choose a preferred treatment, such as Salbutamol.

One of our doctors will check if the inhaler is suitable for you and issue your prescription to a local pharmacy in Ireland or your home address. Alternatively, you can choose to have your medication delivered directly to your door.

This service is only suitable for asthma patients who have been using Salbutamol for at least three months.

A consultation for asthma treatment prescription costs €21.50.

Please note, where a generic product has been ordered we may use a range of manufacturers to provide you with your medication, in order to maintain our service levels.

Medical consultation with prescription if necessary - €21.50
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Types of Salbutamol inhalers

There are two types of devices used to deliver Salbutamol, a metered dose inhaler (MDI) and a dry powder inhaler.

Both types of device work slightly differently but deliver the same medicine and have the same effects. Speak to your doctor about which type would suit you best.

Our online service at ZAVA offers a repeat prescription for Salbutamol with a metered dose inhaler (MDI).

Using a Salbutamol MDI (Metered Dose Inhaler)

To use a Salbutamol MDI, remove the mouthpiece cover and shake vigorously. Insert the Salbutamol MDI into the spacer and the opposite end of the spacer into your mouth. Do not bite the spacer, but make sure your lips create a good seal with the device. Press the canister of the Salbutamol MDI and breathe in and out for 10 breaths.

For the subsequent puffs, press the canister again, and breathe in and out for 10 times between each puff. You do not need to keep your finger pressed on the canister while you are breathing in and out.

Replace the mouthpiece cover right away to avoid dust and other debris entering the inhaler. You should stand up or sit up straight when using your inhaler. You can use your Salbutamol inhaler with or without food.

Before you use your spacer for the first time and once a month during use, soak it in warm water with a little washing up liquid for 15 minutes. Do not scrub the inside as this might affect the way it works. Rinse and leave to air dry to reduce static formation so the medicine does not stick to the inside, but is delivered to your lungs. You should replace your spacer at least every year.

Children and the elderly often need help with using the inhaler.

Always make sure that you follow your doctor’s prescription and read the instructions on how to take your salbutamol treatment. For more help, ask your pharmacist to show you how to correctly use the inhaler.

Salbutamol Side effects

Possible side effects of Salbutamol inhalers include headaches, restlessness, muscle spasms and shaky hands. It may also cause taste changes and mouth discomfort.

Less common side effects include nausea, sweating, high blood sugar and low potassium levels.

If you already have a heart condition, high blood pressure, an overactive thyroid gland or had a stroke or heart attack recently, you need to check with your doctor if Salbutamol is the right treatment for you as you may experience severe side effects.

Most likely, your doctor will prescribe you an alternative treatment for asthma.

Medically reviewed by:
Dr Kathryn Basford

Dr Kathryn Basford is an IMC and GMC registered GP who works with our Irish team here at ZAVA. She graduated from the University of Manchester and completed her GP training at Whipps Cross Hospital in London.

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Last reviewed: 08 Jan 2021