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VENTOLIN

1. Ventolin or albuterol is a bronchodilator that relaxes muscles in the airways to increase air flow to the lungs. It is used to prevent bronchospasm for people with reversible obstructive airway disease. Some examples of the diseases that require Ventolin are Asthma, Chest and wall deformities, severe obesity and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (ex: chronic bronchitis, cystic fibrosis etc).

2. The organ that is involved in using Ventolin is the lungs. The lungs are the main organ that is affected. The lungs are two sponge like structures that fill up most of the chest cavity (the space between the diaphragm and the neck). Their main job is to provide oxygen from the air inhaled to the blood stream and to exhale carbon dioxide. Ventolin relaxes the air ways so that it easier for air pass through. The Organ system that is involved with this treatment is the respiratory system. The respiratory system consists of different air ways like the trachea which leads the air to the lungs.

respiratory system

3. If the lungs and air ways are healthy air will be able to pass through with ease. The air is inhaled and the air travels down the windpipe and into the lungs. Diseases such as asthma cause the airways to inflame and make it extremely hard for air to pass through them, this is bronchial obstruction. Bronchial obstruction occurs when the muscles in the airways tighten around the bronchial tubes. Mucus that is discharged by the reaction can block the airway, this makes it extremely difficult to breathe effectively.

4. Ventolin is used to treat illnesses by relaxing the muscles in the airways. This prevents the muscles from contracting and tightening around the bronchioles. Some people take Ventolin while having an asthma attack while others take it regularly to prevent the asthma attack from happening in the first place. People with Asthma cannot be cured, but it can be well managed. When needing relief from symptoms it is better to use a reliever rather than a preventer because relievers provide quicker relief. The preventer does not have as quick relief, preventers may take up to 2 weeks to notice any effects.

5. Although Ventolin can be very helpful it still has a few side effects. A few examples of the side effects could be shaking, headaches, throat irritation, changes in taste, coughing, dizziness or nausea. Ventolin can raise blood pressure so it is a good idea for a doctor to check it regularly. So even though Ventolin can be very helpful it still has a few side effects that could be critical but this is different for everyone. While Ventolin assists the body, when overdosed there may be serious consequences such as passing out and trouble breathing. If this happens you should call 000.

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