Before taking Maxair Autohaler (Pirbuterol) 200mcg, tell your doctor or pharmacist if you are allergic to it; or to similar bronchodilators (e.g., albuterol, levalbuterol, salmeterol); or to sympathomimetic drugs (e.g., epinephrine, pseudoephedrine); or if you have any other allergies. This product may contain inactive ingredients, which can cause allergic reactions or other problems. Talk to your pharmacist for more details.
Before using Maxair Autohaler (Pirbuterol) 200mcg, tell your doctor or pharmacist your medical history, especially of: heart disease (e.g., high blood pressure, abnormal heart rhythm, coronary insufficiency), seizures, overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism), diabetes, low blood potassium level (hypokalemia).
Maxair Autohaler (Pirbuterol) 200mcg may make you dizzy. Do not drive, use machinery, or do any activity that requires alertness until you are sure you can perform such activities safely. Limit alcoholic beverages.
Before having surgery, tell your doctor or dentist about all the products you use (including prescription drugs, nonprescription drugs, and herbal products).
Caution is advised when using Maxair Autohaler (Pirbuterol) 200mcg in the elderly because they may be more sensitive to the effects of the drug, especially the effects on the heart.
During pregnancy, Maxair Autohaler (Pirbuterol) 200mcg should be used only when clearly needed. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor.
It is not known whether Maxair Autohaler (Pirbuterol) 200mcg passes into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
Store at room temperature between 59-86 degrees F (15-30 degrees C) away from light and moisture. Do not puncture the canister or expose it to high heat or open flame. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep all medicines away from children and pets.
Do not flush medications down the toilet or pour them into a drain unless instructed to do so. Properly discard this product when it is expired or no longer needed. Consult your pharmacist or local waste disposal company for more details about how to safely discard your product.
Maxair Autohaler (Pirbuterol) 200mcg is used to treat wheezing and shortness of breath that commonly occur with lung problems (e.g., asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD). Controlling these symptoms can decrease time lost from work or school. Maxair Autohaler (Pirbuterol) 200mcg is a bronchodilator (beta-2 receptor agonist) that works by opening breathing passages to make breathing easier. This medicine comes in an inhaler that automatically releases a puff of medicine when you inhale. The inhaler allows the drug to reach deep into the lungs for the most benefit. Because this type of inhaler is used differently than other types, be sure to follow directions closely.
Read the Patient Information Leaflet for instructions on proper use of Maxair Autohaler (Pirbuterol) 200mcg and the proper cleaning of the mouthpiece. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.
Shake the canister well before each test spray and inhalation. Follow the instructions for test sprays in the air if you are using a new canister or if you have not used it for 48 hours. This is also called priming your inhaler. Avoid spraying the medication in your eyes. A fine mist is a sign that the inhaler is working properly.
Use Maxair Autohaler (Pirbuterol) 200mcg exactly as prescribed. Inhale by mouth, usually every 4 to 6 hours as needed or as directed by your doctor. Take the cap off the mouthpiece and prepare the inhaler as shown in the Patient Information Leaflet. Place the mouthpiece near your mouth and exhale. Place the mouthpiece fully into your mouth and breathe in deeply. Hold your breath for 10 seconds if possible to allow the drug to be absorbed. If more than one inhalation is prescribed, wait at least 1 full minute between inhalations. Rinse your mouth after using Maxair Autohaler (Pirbuterol) 200mcg to help prevent dryness and throat irritation.
Dosage of Maxair Autohaler (Pirbuterol) 200mcg is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Take Maxair Autohaler (Pirbuterol) 200mcg exactly as directed to get the most benefit from it. Do not take more of Maxair Autohaler (Pirbuterol) 200mcg or take it more often than recommended by your doctor.
Clean the mouthpiece at least once weekly as directed in the Patient Information Leaflet. It should also be cleaned any time it appears to be clogged or is not working correctly.
If you notice less effect than usual from Maxair Autohaler (Pirbuterol) 200mcg, if your symptoms get worse, or if you feel you need to take any of your asthma medications more often than recommended, seek immediate medical attention.
Keep track of the number of inhalations used from each canister. Discard the canister after you have used the number of inhalations marked on the manufacturer's package. Sprays used to prime the inhaler should also be counted. Do not float the metal canister in water to test whether any more drug is left in the canister.
Learn which of your inhalers you should use every day and which you should use if your breathing suddenly worsens. Ask your doctor what to do if you have worsening cough or shortness of breath, wheezing, increased sputum, or worsening peak flow meter readings. Learn when you can self-medicate and when you should get medical help right away.
Headache, nausea, vomiting, nervousness, dizziness, shaking (tremor), trouble sleeping, stomach upset, dry mouth, bad taste, cough, or sore throat may occur. If any of these effects persist or worsen, notify your doctor or pharmacist promptly.
Remember that your doctor has prescribed Maxair Autohaler (Pirbuterol) 200mcg because he or she has judged that the benefit to you is greater than the risk of side effects. Many people using Maxair Autohaler (Pirbuterol) 200mcg do not have serious side effects.
Tell your doctor immediately if any of these unlikely but serious side effects occur: fast/pounding heartbeat, muscle cramps, weakness.
Get medical help right away if you have any very serious side effects, including: chest pain, irregular heartbeat, rapid breathing, confusion.
Rarely, Maxair Autohaler (Pirbuterol) 200mcg has caused severe (rarely fatal), sudden worsening of breathing problems/asthma (paradoxical bronchospasm). If you experience sudden wheezing, seek immediate medical attention.
A very serious allergic reaction to Maxair Autohaler (Pirbuterol) 200mcg is rare. However, seek immediate medical attention if you notice any symptoms of a serious allergic reaction, including: rash, itching/swelling (especially of the face/tongue/throat), severe dizziness, trouble breathing.
This is not a complete list of possible side effects. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.
In Canada - Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to Health Canada at 1-866-234-2345.
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If you are using Maxair Autohaler (Pirbuterol) 200mcg regularly and miss a dose, use it as soon as you remember. If it is near the time of the next dose, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not double the dose to catch up.
Drug interactions may change how your medications work or increase your risk for serious side effects. This document does not contain all possible drug interactions. Keep a list of all the products you use (including prescription/nonprescription drugs and herbal products) and share it with your doctor and pharmacist. Do not start, stop, or change the dosage of any medicines without your doctor's approval.