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Ammonia Inhalants (Smelling Salts)

What are Ammonia Inhalants used for? When reviving someone suffering from syncope (loss of consciousness; Vasovagal episode, a common form of fainting;) you need a strong stimulant - first aid for fainting can include passing ammonia inhalants (smelling salts in lay-terms) under the nose. Read more about Fainting First Aid & Smelling Salts.

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Ammonia Inhalants - .03 ml - 100 per box (Smelling Salts)

Ammonia inhalants, .03 ml - 100 per box

ITEM/SKU: H5041-AMP / H-5041

Use our ammonia inhalants to prevent or treat fainting. It will pick you up before someone else has to. Contents: Ammonia 15%, Isopropyl alcohol 20%.

Ammonia Inhalants - .03 ml - 10 per box

Ammonia Inhalants - .03 ml - 10 per box


To prevent or treat fainting. 0.3 mL ammonia inhalant. A respiratory stimulant for inhalation only. Active ingredients: alcohol 35%, ammonia 15%. Inactive ingredient: alcohol USP, FD&C red dye #40, lavender oil FCC, lemon oil FCC, nutmeg oil FCC, purified water USP.

Background on Smelling Salts

Here's a little background on "smelling salts":

First, a search in the Columbia Encyclopedia via Bartleby.com redirected to the Columbia Encyclopedia entry on ammonia.

Once arriving at that page, about halfway down is a definition of smelling salts:

Ammonium carbonate, (NH3)2CO3∑H2O, is a colorless-to-white crystalline solid commonly known as smelling salts; in water solution it is sometimes called aromatic spirits of ammonia.

Want to know a little more about smelling salts? Everyone has seen them used to revive countless athletes when they've been knocked silly, back to the search results to discover how smelling salts actually work...

Discovery.com explains why people sit up and take notice when smelling salts are placed beneath their nose: Ammonium carbonate is mixed with perfume to create a stimulant. The ammonia fumes from the salts irritate the membranes of the nose and lungs, which triggers a reflex causing the muscles that control breathing to work faster.

What are the first aid steps for Fainting?
1. Make sure that the casualty is in a safe situation

  • Lay the casualty flat on her or his back.
  • Elevate the casualty's legs to restore blood flow to the brain.
  • Loosen tight clothing.

2. Try to Revive the Casualty
Shake the casualty vigorously, tap briskly, pass smelling salts (ammonia inhalants) under the nose, or yell.
If the casualty doesn't respond right away, call 911. Follow CPR instructions if appropriate and if you are trained to do so.

3. Home Treatment for Simple Fainting
If the casualty is alert, give fruit juice, especially if the person has not eaten in more than 6 hours or has diabetes. Do not give anything caffeinated or alcoholic to drink.
Stay with the casualty until the casualty is fully recovered.

4. Call a Health Care Professional
See a health care professional right away if the casualty:

  1. Hit her or his head when fainting.
  2. Faints more than once in a month, Is pregnant, or has a heart condition or other serious illness.
  3. Experiences unusual symptoms, such as chest pain, shortness of breath, confusion, blurred vision, or difficulty talking.

What causes syncope?
It may be caused by emotional stress, pain, pooling of blood in the legs due to sudden changes in body position, overheating, dehydration, heavy sweating or exhaustion. Syncope may occur during violent coughing spells (especially in men) because of rapid changes in blood pressure. It also may result from several heart, neurological, psychiatric, metabolic and lung disorders. And it may be a side effect of some medicines

So...now you know about "smelling salts", syncope & fainting first aid!

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