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Maxair Patient Information including How Should I Take

What should I discuss with my healthcare provider before using pirbuterol inhalation (Maxair)?

You should not use this medication if you are allergic to pirbuterol.

To make sure you can safely use pirbuterol, tell your doctor if you have any of these other conditions:

  • heart disease, high blood pressure, or congestive heart failure;
  • a heart rhythm disorder;
  • a seizure disorder such as epilepsy;
  • diabetes; or
  • overactive thyroid.

FDA pregnancy category C. It is not known whether pirbuterol will harm an unborn baby. Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan to become pregnant while using this medication.

It is not known whether pirbuterol passes into breast milk or if it could harm a nursing baby. Do not use this medication without telling your doctor if you are breast-feeding a baby.

Pirbuterol should not be given to a child younger than 12 years old.

How should I use pirbuterol inhalation (Maxair)?

Use exactly as prescribed by your doctor. Do not use in larger or smaller amounts or for longer than recommended. Follow the directions on your prescription label.

Use only the prescribed dose of this medicine and follow all patient instructions for safe use. Talk with your doctor about your individual risks and benefits of using pirbuterol.

This medication comes with patient instructions for safe and effective use, and directions for priming the inhaler device. Follow these directions carefully. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions. It is very important that you use your pirbuterol inhaler properly, so that the medicine gets into your lungs.

Prime the inhaler device before using it for the first time, or if you have not used it for 48 hours or longer.

Shake the canister well just before each spray.

The inhaler automatically releases the correct amount of drug. The force of your inhalation will trigger the release. You do not have to press down on a canister.

If you also use a steroid inhaler, use your pirbuterol inhaler first to open up your airways, then use the steroid inhaler as directed.

Talk with your doctor if any of your asthma medications do not seem to work as well in treating or preventing attacks. If it seems like you need to use more of any of your medications in a 24-hour period, talk with your doctor.

An increased need for medication could be an early sign of a serious asthma attack.

Clean your inhaler once a week, following the directions provided with your medication.

Carry your inhaler with you at all times in case of emergencies. Get a refill before you run out of medicine and before going on vacation.

Store at room temperature away from moisture and heat.

Keep the medicine canister away from open flame or high heat, such as in a car on a hot day. The canister may explode if it gets too hot. Do not puncture or burn an empty inhaler canister.

Side Effects Centers

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