pirbuterol-aerosol inhaler, Maxair
GENERIC NAME: PIRBUTEROL - AEROSOL INHALER (purr-BYOU-turr-ohl)
BRAND NAME(S): Maxair
USES: This drug relaxes the smooth muscle in the lungs and dilates airways to improve breathing. It is used in the treatment of asthma, chronic bronchitis, and emphysema. The inhaler enables the drug to reach deep into the lungs for maximum benefit.
HOW TO USE: This medicine comes with step-by-step illustrated directions for use. These are available from your pharmacist. The inhaler must be shaken well before using. Place the squeeze-activated canister near your mouth and exhale. Depress the spray as you inhale deeply. At the end of inhalation, hold your breath for a few seconds (10 seconds is preferable) to allow the drug to be absorbed. If more than one inhalation is prescribed, wait at least one full minute between inhalations. Rinse mouth after using this to help prevent dryness and throat irritation. Use this medication as directed. Do not increase your dose or use this more frequently than directed. Excessive use may lead to a loss of effectiveness while increasing the chance for side effects. Do not stop using this medication without first consulting your doctor. If you find yourself using this more than usual, or your symptoms do not improve or worsen after using this, contact your doctor immediately.
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