Changing to Salamol® (Salbutamol) reliever inhaler
Some inhalers containing the same medicine produce less greenhouse gases than others, when they are used. The NHS is aiming to reduce its carbon footprint, and with millions of inhalers in use every day, this small change could add up to a big difference.Your healthcare professional has prescribed or dispensed you a metered dose inhaler that contains the same medicine, salbutamol, but which produces less greenhouse gases than some other salbutamol metered dose inhalers when they are used.
For more information on the greenhouse gas emissions of inhalers, please visit: NHS, Delivering a ‘Net Zero’ National Health Service.
As always, if you have any questions at all, speak to your doctor, asthma nurse or pharmacist.
Salamol® (Salbutamol) Aerosol CFC-Free Inhaler
Key points to remember
Take cap off the inhaler, make sure the mouthpiece is clear of fluff and dirt.
Hold the inhaler upright with your thumb on the base and your first finger on the top of the canister. Now shake the inhaler vigorously up and down.
Breathe out normally as far as you comfortably can. Then hold the mouthpiece of the inhaler firmly between your lips.
Breathe in slowly and deeply. At the same time as you start to breathe in, press the aerosol canister with your first finger to spray the aerosol and release the medicine. Continue to breathe in slowly and deeply.
Take the inhaler out of your mouth and hold your breath for 10 seconds, or for as long as you comfortably can. Breathe out slowly. (If you need more than one puff, wait about one minute and then start again from Step 2.) Replace the cap.
The full Patient Information Leaflet includes extra information, with more details on caring for your inhaler, and advice on using a spacer.
|CHECK YOUR TECHNIQUE
|CLEAN EVERY WEEK
|GET ON WITH LIFE
|It’s much easier to learn when there’s someone to show you how. Even when you’re confident you can do it right, it’s still a good idea to get an expert opinion on your inhaler technique. A little advice from your GP practice or local pharmacy can help you make the most of every dose.
|Cleaning the mouthpiece once a week is important to ensure you avoid blockages and get the full benefit from your Salamol® inhaler. Again, the Patient Information Leaflet will show you how to do it.
|Your blue reliever may have a different name, but the medicine inside is just the same. It will be there when you need it, ready to do the job it’s always done.
|As always, if you have any questions at all, speak to your doctor, asthma nurse or pharmacist.
|Reporting of side effects: If you get any side effects, talk to your doctor, pharmacist or nurse. This includes any possible side effects not listed in the package leaflet. Reporting forms and information can be found at www.mhra.gov.uk/yellowcard. Suspected side effects should also be reported to Teva online, or tel: 0207 540 7117 or email: email@example.com.
By reporting side effects, you can help provide more information on the safety of this medicine.