Emergency asthma inhaler

Treatment in 3 easy steps

If you need a new blue inhaler urgently, and don’t have time to see your GP, your pharmacist may be able to provide you with an emergency preventer inhaler.

Choose an appointment

Use our easy calendar to book an appointment that suits you.


Visit your local pharmacist to see if the treatment is suitable for you.


Receive your medication and take as directed.

What to do if your blue inhaler runs out

Your reliever (or blue) inhaler contains a medicine called salbutamol. Salbutamol works by relaxing the muscles of the airways in the lungs, making it easier to breathe. It starts working straight away. Although a blue inhaler relieves breathlessness, it does not prevent the breathlessness from happening in the first place.

It’s really important to have your blue inhaler in easy access just in case your symptoms flare up. If you lose it, or it’s run out and you can’t get a GP appointment, your pharmacist can prescribe an emergency inhaler.

Keep your blue inhaler with you at all times

Take your prevention inhaler as prescribed

Have an up to date asthma action plan

Check you’re using your inhaler correctly

Know your asthma triggers

Need an emergency asthma inhaler? Book an appointment today

"If your asthma is well controlled, you should only need your reliever inhaler occasionally - perhaps when you're exercising or when you have a cold. But it’s important to have your blue inhaler nearby at all times. And it’s vital you get a replacement inhaler as soon as it runs out."

Dr Sarah Jarvis MBE

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