Ventolin (Albuterol / Salbutamol) is a bronchodilator medication to treat asthma or other conditions which involve airway obstruction due to narrowing of the bronchial passages (bronchospasm) such as exercise-induced asthma, emphysema, and chronic bronchitis. It works by widening the constricted airways by loosening the muscles allowing the air to flow freely in and out of the lungs promoting quick relief from shortness of breath, wheezing, cough, and congestion. It acts as a rescue medication for acute asthma attacks that need immediate attention.
It is available in different forms: metered dose inhalers, nebulisers, injectables, and in syrup or tablet form. The inhaled form of albuterol takes effect 15 minutes after and can last up to 6 hours.