Salbutamol 2 mg 100 Tabs by Sterling Knight
Salbutamol tablets belong to a group of medicines called selective beta-2-adrenergic agonists, which can be used to relax the muscles of the airways and womb. Salbutamol tablets may be used in:
- asthma, to relieve the narrowing of the airways
- chronic bronchitis
Do not take Salbutamol tablets and tell your doctor if you:
- are allergic (hypersensitive) to salbutamol or any other ingredients in Salbutamol tablets (see section 6)
- have threatened abortion (potential miscarriage) during the first six months of pregnancy
- are taking beta-blockers such as propranolol
Check with your doctor or pharmacist before taking Salbutamol tablets if you have:
- an overactive thyroid gland (thyrotoxicosis).
- a history of heart disease, irregular heart rhythm or angina.
Although it is not known exactly how often this happens, some people occasionally experience chest pain (due to heart problems such as angina). Tell your doctor/midwife if you develop these symptoms whilst receiving treatment with salbutamol, but do not stop using this medicine unless told to do so.
Taking other medicines
Please tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are taking or have recently taken any other medicines, including medicines obtained without a prescription. Especially:
- diuretics, guanethidine, reserpine or methyldopa (to treat high blood pressure)
- monoamine oxidase inhibitors e.g. tranylcypromine (for depression)
- tricyclic antidepressants e.g. amitriptyline (for depression)
- beta-blockers such as propranolol
- theophylline (for breathing problems).
- inhaled anaesthetics (advise your doctor or dentist if you are undergoing any dentistry or surgery)
- digoxin (for heart problems)
- xanthines such as theophylline, aminophylline (for asthma)medicines for diabetes
Pregnancy and breast-feeding
If you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant or are breast-feeding tell your doctor or pharmacist before taking this medicine.
If you have been told you have an intolerance to some sugars, contact your doctor before taking this medicine, as it contains a sugar called lactose.
Salbutamol tablets contain carmoisine (E122) which may cause allergic reactions.
If you have severe asthma, your doctor may monitor you more closely by carrying out certain tests.
Always take Salbutamol tablets exactly as your doctor has told you. If you are not sure, check with your doctor or pharmacist.
Swallow the tablets with water
If you notice the tablets are not working as well as before, contact your doctor for advice.
Usual dose is 4mg three or four times a day. Your doctor may increase this gradually up to a maximum of 8mg three or four times a day. Some patients may be treated successfully with 2mg three or four times a day.
- Elderly or patients known to be sensitive to this product or other similar drugs:
Initially 2mg three or four times a day should be given.
- Children 2-6 years:
1-2mg three or four times a day.
- Children 6-12 years:
2mg three or four times a day.
- Children over 12 years:
2-4mg three or four times a day.
- Children under 2 years:
If you take more than you should
If you (or someone else) swallow a lot of tablets at the same time, or you think a child may have swallowed any contact your nearest hospital casualty department or tell your doctor immediately. Symptoms of an overdose include low levels of potassium in the blood which may cause muscle twitching or weakness and an irregular heart beat.
If you forget to take the tablets
Do not take a double dose to make up for a forgotten dose. If you forget to take a dose take it as soon as you remember it and then take the next dose at the right time.
Stop taking Salbutamol tablets and contact your doctor at once if you experience
- an allergic reaction such as swelling of the face, lips, throat or tongue, pale or red irregular raised patches with severe itching (hives), difficulty breathing, low blood pressure, collapse
- chest, jaw or shoulder pain (which may be accompanied with shortness of breath, feeling or being sick)
Tell your doctor if you notice any of the following effects or if you notice any not listed:
- increased lactic acid in the body: rapid breathing, being sick, stomach pain
- low blood potassium: muscle twitching or weakness, an irregular heart beat
- other: headaches, increased blood sugar levels, slight shaking (usually of the hands), a tense feeling, widening of blood vessels which can cause an increase in heart function and heart rate, an irregular heart beat, muscle spasm, fluid on the lungs. An increase in the amount of acid in the body (ketoacidosis) may occur in diabetics.
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 this leaflet.
Keep out of the reach and sight of children.
Store below 25°C in a dry place.
Do not use Salbutamol tablets after the expiry date stated on the label/carton/bottle. The expiry date refers to the last day of that month.
Medicines should not be disposed of via wastewater or household waste. Ask your pharmacist how to dispose of medicines no longer required. These measures will help to protect the environment.