"The US Food and Drug Administration has approved AstraZeneca's Symbicort inhalation aerosol (80/4.5 mcg) for children aged 6 to 12 years with asthma that is not well controlled with an inhaled corticosteroid, the company has announced.
The action of MAXAIR (pirbuterol) AUTOHALER should last up to five hours or longer. MAXAIR (pirbuterol) AUTOHALER should not be used more frequently than recommended. Do not increase the dose or frequency of MAXAIR (pirbuterol) AUTOHALER without consulting your physician. If you find that treatment with MAXAIR (pirbuterol) AUTOHALER becomes less effective for symptomatic relief, or your symptoms become worse, and/or you need to use the product more frequently than usual, you should seek medical attention immediately. While you are using MAXAIR (pirbuterol) AUTOHALER, other inhaled drugs and asthma medications should betaken only as directed by yourphysician. Common adverse effects include palpitations, chest pain, rapid heart rate, tremor or nervousness. If you are pregnant or nursing, contact your physician about use of MAXAIR (pirbuterol) AUTOHALER. Effective and safe use includes an understanding of the way themedication should be administered. As with all aerosol medications, it is recommended to prime (test) MAXAIR (pirbuterol) AUTOHALER before using for the first time. MAXAIR (pirbuterol) AUTOHALER should also be primed if it has not been used in 48 hours. As described in the priming procedure, use the test fire slide to release two priming sprays into the air away from yourself and other people. (See "Patient's Instructions For Use" portion of this package insert.) The MAXAIR (pirbuterol) AUTOHALER actuator should notbe used with anyother inhalation aerosol canister. In addition, canisters for use with MAXAIR (pirbuterol) AUTOHALER should not be utilized with any other actuator.
Last reviewed on RxList: 11/24/2008
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