Ventolin vs Salbutamol: what’s the difference

Ventolin and Salbutamol are essentially the same drugs, so why the different names and are there actually any difference between them?  Ventolin inhalers contain Salbutamol Nebules yet pharmacists and online retailers will refer to what is effectively the same product with different names.  There is a bigger picture here over what is considered a branded drug and what is classified as generic.  If you are looking to buy a Ventolin inhaler online in the UK then take a look at Pharmacy Planet’s comprehensive pharmacy.  We also cater to customers who want to  buy Salbutamol Nebules online in the UK.

So what is the real difference between Ventolin and Salbutamol Nebules?
If you suffer from asthma or Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, then you will probably have an asthma inhaler which contains either Ventolin or Salbutamol –which are both exactly the same medicine.  They each have the same concentration of medication with a capacity of 200 sprays and 100 micrograms of Salbutamol in each spray.  The real difference?  Ventolin is a branded medication and Salbutamol is called a ‘generic’.

What is the difference between a branded and a generic medicine?
There are many examples of branded medications and generic alternatives.Think of Viagra, made from Sildenafil, which you can also buy more cheaply as a generic. Or compare Calpol and paracetamol.  In both these examples, the first name is the branded product and the second the actual name of the medicine within that product.  In food terms, compare the difference between the supermarket’s own brand of cola and the iconic names of Coke and Pepsi.

Ventolin and Salbutamol Nebules are used in the treatment of asthma and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease both of which can cause wheezing and shortness of breath.  You may notice a difference in size between the inhalers; the blue Ventolin inhaler measures around 9 cm whereas the blue Salbutamol inhaler is significantly smaller at 6.5 cm.  Some users prefer the larger inhaler over the smaller one and find more user friendly but, whichever one you use, always follow the manufacturer's instructions about usage and take the correct dose.

For asthma medication or if you suffer from Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease, buy your Ventolin inhaler online in the UK from our tried and trusted pharmacy plus other asthma-related aids, devices and equipment.  We also sell Salbutamol Nebules for those who are looking to buy these online in the UK.  For all your respiratory medication needs, look no further than Pharmacy Planet, our comprehensive website explains more.