Salbutamol can save lives, says Asthma UK

Following the news that cyclist Chris Froome has taken Salbutamol for his asthma, Sonia Munde, Nurse Manager at Asthma UK says:

“Salbutamol is a medicine which many people with asthma take through their reliever inhaler, and it can save lives.

“Having an asthma attack is incredibly frightening and dangerous and it happens when someone’s airways start to tighten. This can leave people with asthma coughing, wheezing and gasping for breath.

“Taking an inhaler which contains a medicine like Salbutamol, which some people might know as Ventolin, can open up people’s airways, helping them to breathe. It can work within 15 minutes and the effects can last from two to six hours.

“In this cold weather, people with asthma may need to take their reliever inhaler more than normal but it is also important that they take their preventer inhaler. This medicine works over time reducing sensitivity, swelling and inflammation in the airways so makes the chance of someone having an asthma attack less likely. For more information about Salbutamol call Asthma UK on 0300 222 5800 or visit for advice on how to keep safe with asthma this winter.”


Notes to Editors:

For more information, please contact the Asthma UK media team on, 020 7786 4949 (during office hours) or 07951 721393 (outside of office hours).

The Asthma UK Data Portal is an online tool for journalists to explore trends in asthma outcomes across the UK. Information on asthma facts and statistics can also be found on our website.

About Asthma UK

  • In the UK, 5.4 million people are currently receiving treatment for asthma: 1.1 million children (1 in 11) and 4.3 million adults (1 in 12).
  • Every day, the lives of three families are devastated by the death of a loved one to an asthma attack, and tragically two thirds of these deaths are preventable.
  • Asthma UK’s mission is to stop asthma attacks and cure asthma. We do this by funding world leading research, campaigning for improved care and supporting people to reduce their risk of a potentially life-threatening asthma attack.
  • The Asthma UK Helpline is open weekdays from 9am to 5pm on 0300 222 5800.
  • For more information about asthma please visit