GENERIC NAME: METAPROTERENOL INHALER - ORAL (met-a-proe-TER-e-nol)
BRAND NAME(S): Alupent
USES: Metaproterenol is used to treat wheezing and shortness of breath that commonly occur with lung problems (e.g., asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease). 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: Read the Patient Information Leaflet for instructions on proper use of this medication and the proper cleaning of the mouthpiece. Consult your doctor or pharmacist if you have any questions.Shake the canister well before each inhalation and test spray. Follow the instructions for test sprays in the air if you are using a new canister or if you have not used it in a while. This is also called priming your inhaler. Avoid spraying the medication in your eyes. A fine mist is a sign that the inhaler is properly working.Use this medication exactly as prescribed. Inhale by mouth usually every 3 to 4 hours as needed or as directed by your doctor. Take the cap off the mouthpiece. Place the mouthpiece near your mouth and exhale. Place the mouthpiece fully into your mouth and press the inhaler as you 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. If you take other asthma drugs by mouth or with inhaling devices, ask your doctor about how to correctly take this medication with your other asthma medicines.Dosage is based on your medical condition and response to therapy. Take this medication exactly as directed to get the most benefit from it. Do not take more of this medication or take it more often than recommended by your doctor.If you find it difficult to use this inhaler correctly, it may help to use a spacer device with this inhaler. Ask your doctor or pharmacist for more information.Clean the mouthpiece at least once weekly as directed in the Patient Information Leaflet. It should also be cleaned at any time that it appears to be clogged or is not working correctly.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.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 if any more drug is left in the canister.
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