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About your Ventolin                     2. What is in my                         4. Is there anything I
Inhaler ('puffer')                      Ventolin puffer?                         should tell my doctor
                                                                                 before starting my
Read all of this leaflet carefully      The medicine in your Ventolin puffer     Ventolin puffer?
before you use your medicine            is called salbutamol. Each puff
                                        contains 100 micrograms of               Tell your doctor:
This leaflet does not have the
complete information about your         salbutamol. There are 200 puffs in
                                                                                 *   the names of any other medicines
                                        each Ventolin puffer.
medicine. If you have any questions                                                  you are already taking, including
about your medicine, you should ask     Your Ventolin puffer also contains           those from the pharmacy and
your doctor or pharmacist (also         HFA-134a, a propellant. It has no            supermarket.
known as a chemist).                    other additives.                         *   If you have had to stop taking
All medicines have some risks.                                                       this or any other asthma medicine
Sometimes new risks are found even                                               *   If you are allergic to any
when a medicine has been used for                                                    medicine
many years.                             3. What does my                          *   If you are having treatment for a
If there is anything you do not
                                        Ventolin puffer do?                          thyroid problem
understand, ask your doctor or                                                   *   If you are having treatment for
pharmacist. If you want more            Your Ventolin puffer helps you to            high blood pressure
information, ask your doctor or         breathe more easily. When your
                                                                                 *   If you have, or have had, a heart
pharmacist.                             chest is tight or when you are
                                        wheezing, the Ventolin opens up the
This medicine is only one part of a                                              *   If you have, or have had, a liver
                                        breathing tubes in your lungs. Your
general plan to help you manage                                                      problem
                                        medicine is known as a
your asthma or other chest condition.   bronchodilator. Because your             *   If you have, or have had, a kidney
You should discuss this plan with       Ventolin puffer gives fast relief from       problem
your doctor. Ask your doctor to         your chest symptoms, it is often         *   If you have sugar diabetes
check your treatment regularly.         called a 'reliever puffer'.
                                        Some people start wheezing or their
                                        chest starts to feel tight when they
                                        exercise. This is called                 5. What if I am
1. What is the name of                  exercise-induced asthma. If you          pregnant or breast
my medicine?                            have exercise-induced asthma, your       feeding?
                                        doctor may tell you to take one or
The name of your medicine is            two puffs of your Ventolin puffer        Tell your doctor if you are pregnant
Ventolin Inhaler. You may know it       before you exercise. This can help to    or breast feeding. Your doctor will
better as a 'puffer'.                   prevent the symptoms of                  tell you if you should take your
                                        exercise-induced asthma.                 medicine. It is important that asthma
                                                                                 is managed well during pregnancy
                                                                                 and you should not stop your
                                                                                 medicine without asking your doctor.

VENTOLIN(R) CFC-FREE INHALER                                                                                             1
6. How do I use my                       7. What should I do if                   tell your doctor or pharmacist
Ventolin puffer?                         my Ventolin puffer                       immediately.
                                         does not have the                        Common side-effects
You will find the instructions on        usual effect?                            *   headache
how to use your Ventolin puffers on
                                                                                  *   nausea
the back of this leaflet. Follow the     IMPORTANT: If your breathing
instructions carefully.                                                           *   shaky or tense feeling
                                         suddenly becomes more difficult
                                         just after you have used your            *   irregular or fast heart beat
If your Ventolin Inhaler is new and
you have not used it before, or if you   Ventolin puffer, tell your doctor        *   'warm' feeling
                                         immediately .                            *   mouth or throat irritation
have not used it for one week or
more, you should activate one dose       Tell your doctor as soon as possible     Rare side-effects
into the air before use.                 if:
                                                                                  *   muscle cramps
The pharmacist's label will usually      *   your Ventolin puffer does not        *   restlessness in children
tell you how many puffs to take and          help your breathing as much as
                                                                                  In a few people, the medicine in
how often to use your Ventolin               usual
                                                                                  Ventolin puffer may decrease blood
puffer. If you are not sure, ask your    *   the effect of your Ventolin puffer
                                                                                  potassium levels. Your doctor may
doctor or pharmacist.                        does not last as long as usual, or
                                                                                  do tests to check this.
Your doctor may tell you to take             lasts less than 3 hours
                                         *   you need more puffs of your          If you have any other problems after
extra puffs of your Ventolin puffer if
                                             Ventolin puffer to get relief.       using your Ventolin puffer, tell your
your chest condition suddenly gets
                                                                                  doctor or pharmacist.
worse. If you take extra puffs and do    These may be signs that your chest
not get relief, tell your doctor         condition is getting worse.
                                         Your doctor may decide to add
You should visit your doctor or          another medicine to your treatment if
pharmacist regularly to check that                                                9. What if I take too
                                         your Ventolin puffer is not having
you are using your Ventolin puffer in                                             many puffs of my
                                         the same effect as before.
the right way. If you are not                                                     Ventolin puffer?
breathing the medicine in correctly,
the medicine may not be helping you                                               You should not take more than the
as much as it could.                                                              number of puffs that you have been
                                         8. Are there any                         told. If you accidentally take more
If you find it difficult to breathe in
and press your Ventolin puffer at the
                                         side-effects with my                     than recommended, you may notice
same time, talk to your doctor or
                                         Ventolin puffer and                      that your heart is beating faster than
pharmacist. It may be better for you     what should I do if I                    usual, and that you feel shaky. You
to use something called a spacer         have any side-effects                    may also have a headache. You
device with your Ventolin puffer.        after using my Ventolin                  should contact your nearest hospital
Your doctor or pharmacist will           puffer?                                  or doctor without delay.
explain what this is and how to use
it.                                      Like all other medicines, your
Your Ventolin Inhaler should be          Ventolin puffer may cause some
cleaned at least once a week. To do      side-effects. Most of the side-effects   10. Where should I
so:                                      will be minor and temporary, but         keep my Ventolin
1. Remove the metal canister from
                                         some may be serious. Your doctor or      puffer?
                                         pharmacist will be able to answer any
   the plastic casing of the inhaler
                                         questions you may have.                  Keep your Ventolin puffer in a place
   and remove the mouth piece
   cover.                                If you have any of the following         where children cannot reach it.
2. Rinse the actuator thoroughly         side-effects, tell your doctor or        Keep your Ventolin puffer away
   under warm running water.             pharmacist but do not stop using         from frost. Do not put it in the
                                         your Ventolin puffer:                    refrigerator.
3. Dry the actuator thoroughly
   inside and out.                       If you have an allergic reaction, for    Keep your Ventolin puffer away
4. Replace the metal canister and the    example, skin rash, angioedema           from bright sunlight.
   mouth piece cover.                    (sudden swelling under the skin), or
                                                                                  Keep your Ventolin puffer away
                                         a faint or dizzy feeling, you should
DO NOT put the metal canister in                                                  from heat (store below 30 degrees C).
                                         stop using your Ventolin puffer and
water.                                                                            Do not leave it in the car on hot days.

VENTOLIN(R) CFC-FREE INHALER                                                                                               2
If your Ventolin puffer becomes very     14. Is there anything
cold, it may not work properly. To       else I should know
warm it, pull out the metal can from     about my Ventolin
its plastic holder and warm it in your
hand for a few minutes. Do not
warm the can in any other way. Push
                                         You can recycle the plastic holder
the can firmly back into its holder
                                         and cap of your Ventolin puffer with
before using.
                                         other plastic things.
WARNING: The metal can is
                                         If you have any other questions, ask
pressurised. Do not burn it or
                                         your doctor or pharmacist.
puncture it, even when it is empty.
You will find an expiry (or use by)
date on the label of the metal can.
Do not use your Ventolin puffer after
                                         15. Who makes my
this date.
                                         Ventolin puffer?
                                         Your Ventolin puffer is made by
                                         Allen & Hanburys
11. If I have been told
to use my Ventolin                       A division of
puffer regularly, what                   GlaxoSmithKline Australia Pty Ltd
should I do if I forget a                1061 Mountain Highway
dose?                                    Boronia Victoria 3155

If you forget to take a dose, do not     Do not throw this leaflet away
worry. Just take the next dose at the    You may need to read it again
normal time or earlier if you become
wheezy or feel tight in the chest.
                                         Ventolin(R) Inhaler Complete
                                         (CFC-free) 100 micrograms per
                                         metered dose salbutamol, as sulfate
                                         (AUST R 62695)
12. Can I let someone                    (R)Ventolin is a registered trade
else use my Ventolin                     mark of the GlaxoSmithKline group
puffer?                                  of companies.
                                         (C)2005 GlaxoSmithKline
Your Ventolin puffer is only for you.
                                         CMI:Ventolin CFC-Free Inhaler
You should not give this medicine to
someone else.
                                         Issue No. 3
                                         21 February 2005

13. Are there different
types of asthma
Yes. Ventolin Inhaler is called a
'reliever' puffer. There are other
types of puffers that prevent
wheezing or chest tightness. These
puffers are called 'preventer' puffers
and must be used every day. Your
doctor may tell you to use a
'preventer' puffer in addition to your
Ventolin puffer.

VENTOLIN(R) CFC-FREE INHALER                                                    3

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