metaproterenol pre-mixed solution - inhalation, Alupent, Arm-A-Med
GENERIC NAME: METAPROTERENOL PRE-MIXED SOLUTION - INHALATION (met-uh-pro-TAIR-en-ohl)
BRAND NAME(S): Alupent, Arm-A-Med
USES: Metaproterenol is used to treat wheezing and shortness of breath that commonly occur with asthma. It is also used to prevent and treat these symptoms in other lung problems (e.g., chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD). Controlling these symptoms can decrease time lost from work or school. Metaproterenol is a bronchodilator (beta-2 receptor agonist) that works by opening breathing passages to make breathing easier.
HOW TO USE: This product is used with special breathing equipment (nebulizer). Consult your doctor, pharmacist, or respiratory therapist on how to inhale this medication properly with the nebulizer. Make sure you understand how to operate the machine and how to properly clean it to prevent infections. If a child is using the nebulizer, a parent or other responsible adult should supervise the child. Ask your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.This product should appear very light yellow. Before using, check this product visually for particles or discoloration. If either is present, do not use the liquid. (See also Storage.) Do not mix this medication with other solutions or products in the nebulizer. This product does not require any dilution before use unless your doctor instructs you otherwise.This medication is inhaled into the lungs using a nebulizer as directed by your doctor. To prevent symptoms, it is usually used 3 to 4 times a day. To treat an asthma attack, it is usually used every 4 hours. Dosage is based on your medical condition, age, body weight, and response to therapy. Rinse your mouth after treatment to prevent throat irritation.Use this medication as directed. Do not increase your dose or use this more frequently than directed because doing so may make the medication work less well over time and increase your risk of side effects. Do not stop using this medication without first consulting your doctor.If you take other asthma drugs by mouth or inhaling devices, ask your doctor about how to correctly use this medication with your other asthma medicines.If you notice less effect than usual from this medication, 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.
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