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Asthalin Inhaler is a pressurised inhalation suspension (inhaler) which contains the active ingredient salbutamol (as salbutamol sulphate). Salbutamol belongs to a group of medicines called fast acting bronchodilators.
- Bronchodilators help the airways in your lungs to stay open. This makes it easier for air to get in and out.
- They help to relieve chest tightness, wheezing and cough.
Asthalin Inhaler is used:
- to treat breathing problems in people with asthma and similar conditions
- to prevent asthma following exercise or other “triggers” (These are things, which bring on asthma symptoms in some people. Common triggers include house dust, pollen, cats, dogs and cigarette smoke)
Direction to Use
How to use your inhaler:
1. If your inhaler is new, or if you have not used your inhaler for a week or more, shake well, remove the mouthpiece cover and release two sprays into the air before using.
2. Remove the mouthpiece cover and check that the inside and outside of the mouthpiece is clear of dust, dirt or foreign objects.
3. If the inhaler is very cold, the canister should be taken out of the plastic actuator and warmed in your hands for a few minutes before you use it. Do not use anything else to warm the canister. Shake the inhaler before each use.
4. Hold the inhaler upright with a thumb on the base. Breathe out as far as is comfortable (it is important that you practice this before using the inhaler.
5. and then immediately place the mouthpiece in your mouth and close your lips around it. Be careful not to bite the mouthpiece.
6. Breathe in slowly through your mouth. Just after starting to breathe in through your mouth, press firmly down on the top of the inhaler to release an actuation (puff). Carry on breathing in deeply and steadily.
7. Hold your breath, take the inhaler from your mouth and take your finger away from the top of the inhaler. Continue holding your breath for about 10 seconds, or for as long as is comfortable. Then breathe out slowly.
8. If you are taking another puff, keep the inhaler upright and wait for at least 30 seconds before repeating steps 3 – 7.
9. After use, replace the mouthpiece cover firmly, making sure it snaps into position.
You must breathe in as slowly as possible just before using the inhaler. Do not rush steps 5 to 7. You should practice a few times in front of a mirror. If you see “mist” coming from the inhaler or the sides of your mouth, then you need to start again from step 3.
People with weak hands may find it easier to hold the inhaler with two hands, with the two forefingers on the top of the inhaler and both thumbs on the bottom under the mouthpiece.
Cleaning your inhaler
Clean your inhaler once a week, or if blocked.
1. First remove the metal can from the plastic actuator and take off the mouthpiece cover.
2. Rinse the plastic actuator, mouthpiece and mouthpiece cover in tap water. DO NOT place the metal can into water or clean the can using water. Make sure the water runs through the actuator from both ends to ensure that the actuator orifice (the small hole that can be seen through the mouthpiece) is clear and not blocked.
3. The plastic components (actuator and mouthpiece cover) should be placed in a warm place to dry thoroughly before putting the inhaler back together. Avoid drying near direct or excessive heat.
Common Side Effects of Asthalin are Palpitations, Nervousness, Increased heart rate, Tremor, Cough.