How does the Airomir inhaler work?
When inhaled, Salbutamol works very quickly to improve breathing – within five minutes – and its effects last for up to six hours. It is a short-acting medicine designed to be used when necessary.
How to use the Airomir inhaler
Airomir inhalers are available in one strength, containing 100 micrograms of salbutamol per inhalation. There are two different Airomir inhaler devices:
- The "Airomir Aerosol Inhalation" is a normal inhaler device.
- The "Airomir Autohaler" is breath-actuated, ideal for people who have difficulty synchronising the pressing down of the inhaler button, and breathing in. The inhaler simply needs to be primed, by pulling up a small button on the top - it will then release the medicine into the mouth automatically when you breathe in.
To help relieve the symptoms of asthma, the normal dosage for adults is one or two inhalations when required. Two inhalations can prevent asthma symptoms before exercise or exposure to an allergen – use approximately 10-15 minutes beforehand.
If you find that you are using more than eight inhalations in a 24-hour period, talk to your doctor or asthma nurse. If you’re doing this, it means that your condition is not very well controlled and there is likely to be a better way of managing it.
Although you'll have been shown how to use an inhaler correctly by your doctor or asthma nurse, it’s wise to check you’re getting the best use out of it. The Asthma UK website has a handy “how-to” guide for the most common types of inhalers.
Is the Airomir inhaler suitable for me?
Salbutamol inhalers are particularly suitable for stable asthma patients to keep with them at all times, in case of the onset of asthma symptoms. If you know what symptoms are likely to trigger your asthma - for example, exercise, house dust, pollen, or animals - you can use the inhaler 10-15 minutes before you are exposed to any triggers to help prevent breathing problems.
Your doctor or asthma nurse should have already given you advice about what to do in case of an asthma attack. If you still have any concerns, speak with them for further assistance.
Common in almost all medicines, there are certain circumstances and situations where Airomir wouldn’t be recommended or should be used with caution. For example, if you're suffering from thyrotoxicosis (hyperthyroidism), a heart disease (such as angina, heart failure, heart rhythm problems) or hypokalaemia (low potassium levels), this treatment may not be best for you. It may also not be suitable for women who are pregnant or breastfeeding, or in children. Those who notice that their asthma is getting worse, people who have diabetes, and anyone with an allergy to salbutamol or any of the inactive ingredients may also be advised against its use.
Inform your doctor if you are taking any other medical treatments, be it from your doctor or purchased from a pharmacy. Some medicines include "beta blockers", such as propranolol; theophylline or aminophylline; steroids; digoxin; and atomoxetine – your doctor needs to be aware if you are taking these. You need to give the online doctor a full picture of your health during the consultation, so they can assess how suitable the treatment is for you.
What are the side effects of the Airomir inhaler?
You may find that you don’t experience them, but you should be aware that the Airomir inhaler can cause side effects. The more common side effects will include muscle tremors, headaches and an increased heart rate. Palpitations, mouth and throat irritation, muscle cramps, lowered potassium levels and heart rhythm disturbances are all less common side effects. If you have an unexpected increase in wheezing after using the inhaler, a different type of "reliever" inhaler should be used straight away and medical advice sought.
Read the patient leaflet for full details on the treatment, any side effects which Airomir may cause and all other relevant information before taking the course of medication. More information about salbutamol inhalers can also be viewed online here.