Ventolin Inhaler (Salbutamol)

Ventolin is a fast-acting reliever inhaler used to treat the symptoms of asthma.

trustpilot-ratings-5-star (34)
Ventolin Evolhare 100µg salbutamol sulfate inhaler
close up image of ventolin inhaler
Packaging picture

Prices from £12.95

FREE delivery included

In stock. Simply fill in a brief consultation questionnaire and one of our doctors will review your request today.

100 mcg

1 inhaler(s) - £12.95

2 inhaler(s) - £24.95

What is a Ventolin inhaler?

A Ventolin inhaler is an asthma inhaler that contains medicine to help widen the airways of your lungs.

You can use a Ventolin inhaler to relieve:

  • chest tightness
  • asthma attacks
  • wheezing
  • coughing

Ventolin is also known as a ‘reliever’ or a ‘blue inhaler’. The active ingredient in a Ventolin inhaler is salbutamol and it acts within minutes to relieve asthma attacks brought on by exercise, dust, pollen and other triggers.

If you’re using your Ventolin inhaler a lot, you may need to see a doctor to review your asthma management plan.

How to use a Ventolin inhaler

To use a Ventolin inhaler follow these steps:

  1. Stand or sit upright
  2. Remove the mouthpiece cover and ensure the mouthpiece is clean.
  3. Shake the inhaler 4 or 5 times
  4. Hold the inhaler with your thumb at the base and your fingers on the canister.
  5. Breathe out and place the mouthpiece in your mouth with your lips forming a seal around it
  6. Take a normal breath in and press the canister down with your fingers to release a puff of the medicine
  7. Hold your breath and take the mouthpiece out of your mouth
  8. Keep holding your breath for up to 10 seconds or as long as is comfortable
  9. If you have been told by your doctor to take 2 puffs, wait for 30 seconds before repeating steps 3 to 8
  10. Place the mouthpiece cover back on the inhaler until you hear a click

You can practise in front of a mirror before you begin. If a mist comes from the top of your inhaler or out from the sides of your mouth, you might need to practise using your Ventolin inhaler correctly. Spacer devices can be helpful and allow up to twice as much salbutamol to reach your lungs, compared with not using one. You can buy these from your local pharmacy or get them online.

Young children may need help to use a Ventolin inhaler, so they should practise together with a parent or guardian. You can ask a doctor if a spacer or chamber device may be helpful for them.

If you have weakness or difficulty using your hands, you can use both thumbs on the base of the inhaler and two forefingers on the top of the inhaler. Alternatively, a doctor may be able to recommend a different form of inhaler that is more suitable for you.

Using an inhaler for the first time

Before you use your Ventolin inhaler for the first time, check it works by:

  1. Removing the mouthpiece cover
  2. Shaking the inhaler well
  3. Pointing the inhaler away and releasing 2 puffs into the air

If you have not used your Ventolin inhaler for more than 5 days, follow these steps too.

Medically reviewed by:
Dr Babak Ashrafi Clinical Lead for Service Expansion

Babak studied medicine at King’s College London and graduated in 2003, having also gained a bachelor’s degree in Physiology during his time there. He completed his general practice (GP) training in East London, where he worked for a number of years as a partner at a large inner-city GP practice. He completed the Royal College of GPs membership exam in 2007.

Meet our doctors

Last reviewed: 10 Nov 2021

ZAVA offers reliever inhalers to help manage asthma and for effective relief from symptoms.

Authorised and regulated by