salbutamol vs ventolin

What do you think ?

I have bean on ventolin for a long time did my repeat but had to see the gp today he said try salbutamol i asked why he said its smaller and some people find it better for them ! wow i walked out drs did not think it was that cold walked in the air not a good idea i no when i not well and its one of my triggers :( but used it wow much better than ventolin more of a smoth ness wonder if still works as well when i have bad attack mmmm

let me no what u think

Hope if you read this your not affect my this cold weather :(

mat

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  • not sure what you've been given now but ventolin IS salbutamol - just that different inhalers have different propellants which sometimes make the difference you've noticed

    on my prescription i get airomir but i got inhalers without a prescription from asda which were ventolin evohalers. i prefer my airomir because it is a softer, gentler spray and is also a smaller device but i will still get the ventolin from asda as its far cheaper

  • hey mat

    like jinglfairy said, they're the same thing. Salbutamol is the drug and ventolin is the brand. My prescriptions aways used to say salbutamol and I got ventolin when I took it to the chemist.

    Do you mean symbicort? That's the closest name I can think of but it's a combination inhaler so it contains some reliever and some preventer. It is smaller than ventolin though.

  • hey mat

    like jinglfairy said, they're the same thing. Salbutamol is the drug and ventolin is the brand. My prescriptions aways used to say salbutamol and I got ventolin when I took it to the chemist.

    Do you mean symbicort? That's the closest name I can think of but it's a combination inhaler so it contains some reliever and some preventer. It is smaller than ventolin though.

    hi reachel

    i use symbicort as a preventer but not as a reliever as i did not find it help fall in a attact or symptions so i now use salbutamol as my reliever yh also it is well smaller and still works well with spacer

    hope u r well mat :) x

  • Mat or did you mean Salamol?

  • Mat or did you mean Salamol?

    hey joan yes sorry for the miss spell

  • Mat, the salamol blue holder needs flushing through weekly because it soon gets blocked

    where as the ventolin doesn`t because the ventolin is a much stronger spray

  • Mat, the salamol blue holder needs flushing through weekly because it soon gets blocked

    where as the ventolin doesn`t because the ventolin is a much stronger spray

    thanks i did see that ! the gp ever said to me !! wat if i dont use it for a bit same as ventolin let to puffs in the air then use ?

  • Mat, If you do try salamol, keep an old ventolin case so that if the salamol stops working you can use it in the ventolin case while you rinse out the salamol one and wait for it to dry :)

  • Mat, If you do try salamol, keep an old ventolin case so that if the salamol stops working you can use it in the ventolin case while you rinse out the salamol one and wait for it to dry :)

    will do but my gp gave me 2 salamol but still have some ventlin keep it all over the place ever no just if i lose one ! lol got one at home one in car one at my gf house one in locker at wk ocd !! lol

    well joan used salamol last nite as it the cold air got to me and i got a cold so used it with out spacer worked well but still like spacers but i think it cos used them when i was little more a mind thing i think same as my asthma lady tryed me on smart but did not work as used it for attact and ended up in a n e they said sick to blue relivers and sep proventers

    hope u are ok as well thanks for the advie mathew :)

  • I am well thanks because it is winter, my asthma is summer related

    let us know how you get on with the salamol :)

    I hope you feel well soon

  • I am well thanks because it is winter, my asthma is summer related

    let us know how you get on with the salamol :)

    I hope you feel well soon

    hey that gd for you must love winter summer is bad for me to as my bigget trigger is pollen I have had a virol infection and suffin from costochondritis for just over a mouth not good but slowly on the road to recovery also used salamol last night the cold air got to me worked very well did not even use a spacer so happy days also my gp called me to see how i was doing on new meds for costochondritis and asthma stuff i asked him to give me another salamol as a spear while the over one is drying he said that was fine .

    hope you have a nice christmas mat :) x

  • Is salamol the little one made by IVAX?

  • yes lou, that`s the one

  • Can anyone help me understand the difference between Salbutamol and Ventolin?

    My daughter is a serve asthmatic and has recently been switched to Salamol CFC-Free by our GP. She complains that the new inhaler makers her feel sick and doesn’t give her the same relief as Ventolin. Visually, I doubt she knows the difference between the two inhalers. At fist glance the two have the same Salbutamol Sulfate and I think they both use the same propellant. I can only assume there is a difference in pressure and or atomiser size.

    Can anyone help explain the technical difference so that I can convince my GP.

    Many thanks

  • I know salamol is cheaper, so GPs prefer to prescibe it. I hate salamol though, i agree with your daughter, and actually it makes me cough. i find using it with a spacer is the best thing i can do to make it a bit closer to using ventolin! Just ask your GP, as far as I know, most are willing to prescribe it if your daughter specifically prefers it.

  • Thanks for the response Soph. Our GP is being a little difficult.

    I think I will try our local Asda as mentioned above unless someone can provide a technical difference between the two brands.

  • If it helps - my Ventolin says the propellant is HFA 134a, so you can check against your daughter's Salamol.

    I'd have thought not being able to get enough in, if for some reason it's not as powerful, is a good argument as much as the contents (after all, if she has to take more to get relief because of the inhaler rather than her lungs it may end up costing just as much in the end!)

    Is your daughter's GP otherwise good? If you have other problems with him/her it might be worth seeing another one in the practice.

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