Maxair (Pirbuterol Acetate)
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Pirbuterol Acetate Information
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- Remove the mouthpiece cover by pulling down the lip on the back of the cover.
- Point the mouthpiece away from yourself and other people so that the priming sprays will go into the air.
- Push the lever up so it stays up.
- Push the white test fire slide on the bottom of the mouthpiece in the direction indicated by the arrow on the test fire slide. A priming spray will be released.
- To release a second priming spray, return the lever to its down position and repeat steps 2-4.
- After the second priming spray is released, return the lever to its down position.
- Remove the mouthpiece cover by pulling down the lip on the back of the cover. Make sure there are no foreign objects in the mouthpiece.
- Hold the inhaler upright so that the arrows point up. Then raise the lever so that it snaps into place and stays up.
- Hold the inhaler around the middle and shake gently several times.
- Continue to hold the inhaler upright and exhale (breathe out) normally.
- Seal your lips tightly around the mouthpiece and inhale (breathe in) deeply through the mouthpiece with steady force. You will hear a click and feel a soft puff when the medicine is released. Do not stop when you hear and feel the puff; continue to take a full, deep breath.
- Take the inhaler away from you mouth, hold your breath for 10 seconds, then exhale slowly.
- Continue to hold the inhaler upright while lowering the lever. Lower the lever after each inhalation.
- If your doctor has told you to take more than one inhalation, wait 1 minute and then repeat steps 2-7.
- When you have finished using the inhaler, make sure the lever is down and replace the mouthpiece cover.
Before using pirbuterol,
- tell your doctor and pharmacist if you are allergic to pirbuterol or any other drugs.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what prescription medications you are taking, especially atenolol (Tenormin); carteolol (Cartrol); labetalol (Normodyne, Trandate); metoprolol (Lopressor); nadolol (Corgard); phenelzine (Nardil); propranolol (Inderal); sotalol (Betapace); theophylline (Theo-Dur); timolol (Blocadren); tranylcypromine (Parnate); other medications for asthma, heart disease, or depression.
- tell your doctor and pharmacist what nonprescription medications and vitamins you are taking, including ephedrine, phenylephrine, phenylpropanolamine, or pseudoephedrine. Many nonprescription products contain these drugs (e.g., diet pills and medications for colds and asthma), so check labels carefully. Do not take any of these medications without talking to your doctor (even if you never had a problem taking them before).
- tell your doctor if you have or have ever had an irregular heartbeat, increased heart rate, glaucoma, heart disease, high blood pressure, an overactive thyroid gland, diabetes, or seizures.
- tell your doctor if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding. If you become pregnant while using pirbuterol, call your doctor.
- if you are having surgery, including dental surgery, tell the doctor or dentist that you are using pirbuterol.
- upset stomach
- dry mouth
- throat irritation
- increased difficulty breathing
- rapid or increased heartbeat
- irregular heartbeat
- chest pain or discomfort