Salbutamol inhalers

Ventolin and Salamol salbutamol inhalers for asthma available to buy online from Dr Fox.

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All medicine supplied is UK licensed.

Prices

Prices of asthma inhalers from Dr Fox
Salbutamol inhalerQuantityCost
Ventolin Evohaler1 metered aerosol inhaler£8.50
Salamol Easi-Breathe1 breath actuated inhaler£15.80

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Prescription issued online - small prescription fee per order.

Prescription fees

Dr Fox supplies medicine on prescription and charges a small prescription fee based on the order value of each prescription.

Prescriptions are issued by our doctors online and sent electronically to our pharmacy.

If you have your own private or NHS paper prescription please post to our pharmacy (details).

Dr Fox prices are 25%–50% lower than other UK online clinics.

Order valuePrescription fee
up to £10£1.00
up to £20£2.00
up to £40£3.00
over £40£4.00

Delivery charges

UK delivery only: £2.90 per consultation via Royal Mail 24 Signed For (1-3 working days with tracking).

Parcel forwarding services are not permitted. Use only UK home or work delivery address.

Returns and refunds - unwanted items can be returned within 14 working days for a full refund.

Medical information

Written and reviewed by a team of doctors. Dr Fox is regulated by the CQC, GPhC, & MHRA.

If you already use a salbutamol inhaler (blue inhaler), we may be able to supply you with a repeat inhaler online.

This service does not replace your doctor's surgery. Regular asthma clinic check-ups with a doctor or nurse are required every year, or sometimes more frequently.

We do NOT supply steroid inhalers or other asthma medicines, only salbutamol inhalers.

Salbutamol brand names

Salbutamol inhalers (blue inhalers/relievers) are made by different drug companies under different brand names. All the following brands are 'salbutamol inhalers'. They are all the same strength.

Ventolin Evohaler, Ventolin Accuhaler, Salamol Easi-Breathe, Airomir Autohaler, Airomir Aerosol inhalation, Asmasal Clickhaler, Salbulin Novolizer Salamol and Salbumalin, salbutamol Easyhaler Salbutamol, and Pulvinal.

Inhalers available from Dr Fox

Dr Fox supplies two different sorts of salbutamol inhalers. You should select the sort of salbutamol inhaler you are familiar with at the end of the consultation, either a 'metered aerosol' or 'breath actuated' inhaler.

Ventolin Evohaler

Ventolin Evohaler is a 'metered aerosol' and delivers 100mcg of salbutamol per puff when the end of the inhaler is pushed down.
Ventolin Evohaler Patient Leaflet

Salamol Easi-Breathe

Salamol Easi-Breathe is a 'breath actuated' inhaler releases 100mcg salbutamol per puff triggered by a sucking action on the mouth piece of the inhaler.
Salamol Easi-breathe Patient Leaflet

A third type of inhaler, which comes in different strengths, delivers salbutamol to the lungs as fine inhaled powder. We do NOT supply this type of salbutamol inhaler.

Eligibility for online supply

We supply salbutamol inhalers only if patients:

  • Have used salbutamol inhalers before
  • Have had an asthma/breathing check with a doctor or nurse within past 12 months
  • Have no recent worsening in breathing symptoms

Limits on supply

Our doctors usually allow only an average of one inhaler to be ordered per month. If you order more frequently you will need to provide extra information to our doctors. Full refunds are given if doctors decline a request for an inhaler.

Patients who require more than one inhaler per month may need alternative or additional treatments, possibly inhaled steroids or other medicines, including tablets, which Dr Fox does not supply.

Patients are required to provide their GP details. Dr Fox will inform the surgery of supply of treatment.

If we cannot supply your inhaler, it does NOT mean you do not need one.

Inhaler technique – how to use

Salbutamol is effective only if it is inhaled into the lungs where it is active. Inhaler technique (how to use an inhaler) is usually explained in asthma clinics. See also demonstration videos for metered aerosol and breath actuated, and the 'patient information leaflets' supplied with inhalers.

Cautions

Asthma must be treated with respect. Relief of symptoms usually starts within a few minutes of using a salbutamol inhaler and normally lasts for at least 4 hours, then the effects wear off. If inhalers alone are not working there are other treatments.

You should seek urgent medical help if:

  • You need to use your salbutamol more than 4 times daily.
  • Your inhaler relieves symptoms for less than 4 hours.
  • Your breathing is getting worse, despite using treatment.
  • You get chest pains or increasing tightness in the chest after using your inhaler.

You are advised to have an early check-up with a nurse or doctor if:

  • You need to use your salbutamol inhaler more than 2 or 3 times a week.
  • You are having ongoing breathing symptoms such as a cough at night, uncontrolled shortness of breath, or worsening breathing symptoms.

Ventolin Evohaler and Salamol Easi-Breathe are both prescription only medicine – our doctors will issue the prescription online direct to our pharmacy.

About salbutamol

Inhaled salbutamol opens up air passages and relieves chest tightness. Its effects start within minutes and last up to 6 hours. Salbutamol is used to treat asthma and other breathing problems and is the single most widely prescribed asthma medicine. Salbutamol can be used on its own or more commonly in combination with other inhalers and tablets. If asthma is well controlled salbutamol is usually only needed occasionally as rescue treatment to deal with a flare up of symptoms.

About asthma treatment

The chest tightness and coughing in asthma is caused by narrowing and inflammation of the air passages in the lungs.

Asthma symptoms tend to come and go. A flare up of symptoms may be triggered by a virus infection, a reaction or allergy, or stress or even vigorous exercise. Every person's asthma/breathing problems are different.

Mild occasional symptoms are usually treated with salbutamol inhalers (relievers). More severe symptoms require the addition of inhalers containing steroids (preventers). Steroid inhalers reduce inflammation in the lungs. The dose of inhaled steroids can be increased and decreased as required. Some people only need to use steroids from time to time when their breathing problems flare up.

If salbutamol inhalers and steroid inhalers together are not enough, there are other inhalers and medicines which can be added. These include prednisolone tablets and long acting reliever inhalers.

Buy treatment

Dr Fox supplies salbutamol inhalers on prescription – you are required to answer a short medical questionnaire before your order can be completed.

Dr Tony Steele

Authored 18 April 2013 by Dr Tony Steele
Last updated 5 February 2020

Reviewed by Dr B. Babor, Dr A. Wood, Dr P. Hunt
Last reviewed 04 October 2017

References

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Answer medical questions to order(asthma)

Have you read the important medical information about salbutamol inhalers?

See important medical information. This page contains important background information.

Have you used salbutamol inhalers before?

Have you had an asthma/breathing clinic check-up in the last 12 months and do you have an asthma plan?

Asthma checks include advice on:

  • measuring peak flow
  • inhaler technique
  • use of spacer devices

Do you know which type of inhaler you are already using: ‘metered aerosol’ OR ‘breath actuated'?

At the end of the consultation you will need choose between the two types of inhaler and request the one you already use. You can request EITHER a ‘metered aerosol’ (Ventolin Evohaler) OR a ‘breath actuated' inhaler (Salamol Easi-Breathe).

  • 'Metered aerosols' (Ventolin Evohaler) inhalers release a puff of salbutamol when the end of the inhaler is pressed down.
  • 'Breath actuated' (Salamol Easi-Breathe) inhalers release a puff of salbutamol triggered by sucking the nozzle of the inhaler.

Are you aware our doctors normally allow an average of one inhaler a month to be supplied?

  • If requesting more than an average of one inhaler a month, please send a message from your account area explaining to the doctors after making your order.
  • If doctors decline an order a full refund is given.

Are you aware your GP must be informed about your inhaler usage?

You can enter your GP details at the next stage.

Are you aware salbutamol inhalers do not replace other inhalers and medicines?

Are you aware new medicines you start, with or without a prescription, can interact with salbutamol inhalers?

It is unlikely a new medicine will interact with salbutamol. Check the 'patient information leaflet' supplied with inhalers, or with our doctors, or your GP or pharmacist.

Do you smoke?

Are you pregnant or expecting to be pregnant whilst using a salbutamol inhaler?

Are you aware you should seek urgent medical help if the following apply?

  • You need to use your salbutamol inhaler more than 4 times daily.
  • Your inhaler relieves symptoms for less than 4 hours.
  • Your breathing is getting worse, despite using treatment.
  • You get chest pains or increasing tightness in the chest after using your inhaler.

Are you aware you should have an early check-up with a nurse or doctor if the following apply?

  • You need to use your salbutamol inhaler more than a 2 or 3 times a week.
  • You are having ongoing breathing symptoms such as a cough at night, uncontrolled shortness of breath, or worsening breathing symptoms

Do you have any further medical information or questions?

Is there anything you do not understand or do you need further help?

Do the following apply to you?


The order process

Answer short medical questionnaire

Choose medication, register, and pay

Doctor issues prescription online

Pharmacy team post medication direct


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