What is Asthalin ?
Asthalin is a respiratory medicine. It contains salbutamol, which is used in treatment of airways obstruction in case of Asthma, bronchitis, emphysema and other lung disorders. This drug is manufactured and marketed by Cipla Ltd. There are 200 Metered Doses in one packet.
- What is Asthalin ?
- What are the Generic Name(s)
- How does it work ?
- What are it’s uses ?
- How effective is this medicine ?
- What are the Side Effects ?
- What is the Dosage ?
- What are the precautions I need to take ?
- Is it safe to take If I am pregnant ?
- Is it safe to take if I am breast feeding ?
- Can this medicine be given to Children and Infants ?
- Is Asthalin available as over the counter (OTC) product?
- Frequently asked questions
What are the Generic Name(s) ?
Generic name for Asthalin is Salbutamol. It contains 100 mcg salbutamol per metered dose. It’s a beta-agonist and broncho-dilator that is used to treat and relieve symptoms of bronchitis and asthma. It is also used in treatment of wheezing, shortness of breath and to clear the blockage in chest.
How does it work ?
This drug contains broncho-dilator substance called Salbutamol. It directly shows action on the tiny airways called bronchioles in the lungs.
Asthma attacks are triggered by the contraction of smooth muscle surrounding the bronchiole. This causes the narrowing of the airways and causes asthma attack. Salbutamol binds to the beta receptors on the smooth muscle and relaxes the contracted tissues. This reduces narrowing the airways and allows the airways to open. Due to this the patient can breathe in and out easily.
What are it’s uses ?
This medication can be is used in treatment of following indications :
- Breathing issues caused by COPD
- Chronic obstructive pulmonary disorder
- Shortness of breath
How effective is this medicine ?
Salbutamol acts rapidly to relax the bronchioles and it is a very effective broncho-dilator. But the effects of this medicine lasts only for 4-6 hours. Hence, it is used as a reliever medication for asthma attacks, delivered directly into the lungs as an aerosol with each puff.
What are the Side Effects ?
Though very rare but some of the reported side-effects of this medicine include:
- Chest pain
- Pounding in the chest
- Cardiovascular issues
- Nervousness and dizziness
- Sinus inflammation
- Muscle cramps
- Blisters and peeling on skin
- Trouble in holding and releasing urine
- Ear pain
- Sore or dry throat
- Nausea and mood swings
- Redness of the skin on face, arms and neck
- Decreased appetite
If you experience any of these side effects, Inform your doctor immediately . This list is not a comprehensive list of all the possible side effects of this drug.
Consult your doctor immediately if you develop any other medical conditions while using this medicine.
What is the Dosage ?
Asthalin should only be taken exactly as recommended by your doctor. Doctor may suggest dosage depending on your medical history and other medical conditions, physical health and current medications. For optimum benefit from this medicine, maintain a regular schedule for the medication. Make sure that you take this medicine at a fixed time every day.
What are the precautions I need to take ?
You should take following precautions before taking this medicine:
- You should not take this drug if you are allergic to salbutamol.
- Do not take this medicine if you are allergic to any of the ingredients of this medicine or any of their excipients.
- If you are pregnant or breast feeding, consult your doctor before taking this medicine.Do not take this medicinal product after the expiry date stated on the carton package
- Tell your doctor if you are taking any medicine
- Tell your doctor if you are suffering from any disease
- Keep this medicine out of the reach of children
Is it safe to take If I am pregnant ?
This drug is classified by FDA as pregnancy category ‘C’ Risk not ruled out: Animal reproduction studies have shown an adverse effect on the fetus and there are no adequate and well-controlled studies in humans, but potential benefits may warrant use of the drug in pregnant women despite potential risks.
Consult a doctor before administering this medicine to a pregnant woman.
Is it safe to take if I am breast feeding ?
No, Asthalin should be avoided for lactating mothers as there is not enough credible information on whether the drug affects the quantity or quality of the breast milk or if it passes to the baby through the breast milk.
Can this medicine be given to Children and Infants ?
Yes, Asthalin can be given to children above 6 years of age. This drug can not be given to infants. For the right dosage and and frequency of the medication for children, please consult a doctor first.
Is Asthalin available as over the counter (OTC) product?
No, Asthalin is not available as an over the counter (OTC) product. It is a prescription medicine. So it is advised that you should only take this medicine if your doctor prescribes.
Frequently asked questions
How many puffs I should to take from my Asthalin inhaler?
Always follow Doctor’s prescription regarding the number of drugs. It is advised to take one or two puffs from your inhaler only when required. You can also take 1 or 2 puffs before exercise to prevent exercise-induced asthma. Taking more puffs than recommended by a doctor can increase the risk of side-effects.
What to do if I missed a dose ?
You should use your inhaler only if it is required. However, if a doctor has prescribed you to take regular puffs from Asthalin Inhaler and you missed a dose, you can take it as soon as you remember. If it is time to take the next dose, then you can skip the missed dose. Do not take a double dose.