Airomir Autohaler (Airomir Inhaler)
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Airomir is a type of “reliever” inhaler. This means it is taken when required to treat the acute symptoms of a flare up of asthma or an asthma attack. Airomir is the trade name, and the active ingredient is salbutamol.
- Relaxes the muscles in the airways
- Provides relief from breathlessness attacks
- Easy to use
- Genuine medication
- Shipped from EU Pharmacies
- Airomir is prescribed to treat the symptoms of asthma
- In adults, it is sometimes also prescribed to treat Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD)
- Airomir should be taken when symptoms of wheeze, cough, or breathlessness occur
- Airomir can also be taken prior to exercise to prevent symptoms of asthma occurring
- One dose of Airomir contains 100 micrograms of salbutamol, and two puffs are often advised to treat the symptoms when they occur
- Airomir is an “autohaler”, meaning it is activated by breathing in. This makes it easier for some people to take.
- Airomir works within a few minutes and lasts for around four to six hours
- It is important to read the patient leaflet for a full list of side effects and cautions.
How Does Airomir Work?
The salbutamol contained within Airomir is a bronchodilator. This means it dilates, or widens, the airways to make it easier to breathe in and out. The air passages become wider so that breathing is easier and less noisy or wheezy.
Airomir works within minutes, and you should take it as soon as the symptoms of breathlessness, wheeze, or cough occur.
Many people are also prescribed a “preventer” inhaler in addition to Airomir to try to prevent exacerbations from occurring.
How is Airomir Taken?
Airomir is taken when the symptoms of asthma or COPD occur. It is important to follow the manufacturer’s information to ensure you take your inhaler properly. A common dose is two puffs when required. Further puffs can be taken if the first two do not completely resolve the exacerbation.
Unlike other inhalers, a dose of salbutamol is released automatically when you breathe in. However, it is still important to take the inhaler properly to ensure you receive the full dose. Following these instructions will help to ensure you get the full dose of salbutamol.
- Remove the cover from the mouthpiece and then shake the inhaler well.
- Hold the inhaler upright and then push the lever up so that it stays up. Keep holding the inhaler upright, ensuring that your hand doesn’t block the air vent at the bottom.
- Breathe out and then place the mouthpiece into your mouth with your lips closed around it.
- Breathe in slowly and deeply. Do not stop breathing in even when you hear the click or feel the medication being inhaled. It is important to keep breathing in to get the full dose.
- Hold your breath for 10 seconds and then breathe out slowly.
- Push the lever back to the down position.
- If you are prescribed a second dose, repeat steps 2 to 6.
Replace the mouthpiece cover after use to keep your inhaler clean.
Dosage of Airomir
The dosage of Airomir will be individual to you, however a common dose is two puffs taken as required during an exacerbation of asthma or COPD. Check the label to ensure you are taking the correct dose as prescribed.
If two puffs are not enough to settle your symptoms, you may need to take a further two puffs. Make sure that you do not exceed the maximum number of doses you can take in a 24 hour period, and seek advice urgently if your symptoms are not settling.
If you notice you need to take Airomir more frequently or are taking it more than twice a week, speak to a medical professional. It is possible that you may need to increase the dose of your preventer inhaler.
Are there any Side Effects?
Like all medications, Airomir can have some side effects. These are usually well tolerated and settle quickly. Side effects include:
- A tremor or feeling shaky
- Mild muscle cramps or tension
- An awareness of your heartbeat.
These side effects will not cause harm and are likely to settle as you get used to taking Airomir.
Very rarely, some more serious side effects can occur. These include:
- A heartbeat that doesn’t feel normal, or very bad dizziness
- Chest pain
- Severe headache
- Muscle pain or weakness.
If you experience any of these symptoms you should speak to a doctor straight away.
If you have a severe allergic reaction (anaphylaxis) including breathlessness, lip or tongue swelling, call 999 immediately.
Airomir may not be suitable for everyone. You should tell your doctor if you:
- Have heart disease
- Have liver or kidney disease
- Have diabetes
- Have high blood pressure (hypertension)
- Have thyroid disease
- Are pregnant, trying to conceive, or breastfeeding.
Some medications can interact with Airomir. You may be advised that Airomir will not suit you if you already take:
- Another inhaler containing salbutamol
- Medications for high blood pressure or angina including atenolol, propranolol, or metoprolol
- Diuretics (“water tablets”) such as frusemide
Because Airomir may not suit everyone, we will complete a Consultation with you including a health questionnaire. This will ensure that the medication will be suitable for you.
A qualified prescriber will review your current medications, including any herbal remedies or supplements, to ensure that Airomir will not interact with them.
Once prescribed, Airomir will be ordered on your behalf via electronic prescription, allowing you to pick the medication up at your convenience.