GENERIC NAME: PIRBUTEROL BREATH ACTIVATED AEROSOL INHALER - ORAL (pir-BUE-ter-ol)
BRAND NAME(S): Maxair Autohaler
USES: Pirbuterol is used to treat wheezing and shortness of breath that commonly occur with lung problems (e.g., asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-COPD). Controlling these symptoms can decrease time lost from work or school. Pirbuterol is a bronchodilator (beta-2 receptor agonist) that works by opening breathing passages to make breathing easier. This medicine comes in an inhaler that automatically releases a puff of medicine when you inhale. The inhaler allows the drug to reach deep into the lungs for the most benefit. Because this type of inhaler is used differently than other types, be sure to follow directions closely.
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 test spray and inhalation. Follow the instructions for test sprays in the air if you are using a new canister or if you have not used it for 48 hours. This is also called priming your inhaler. Avoid spraying the medication in your eyes. A fine mist is a sign that the inhaler is working properly.Use this medication exactly as prescribed. Inhale by mouth, usually every 4 to 6 hours as needed or as directed by your doctor. Take the cap off the mouthpiece and prepare the inhaler as shown in the Patient Information Leaflet. Place the mouthpiece near your mouth and exhale. Place the mouthpiece fully into your mouth and 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. Rinse your mouth after using this medication to help prevent dryness and throat irritation.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.Clean the mouthpiece at least once weekly as directed in the Patient Information Leaflet. It should also be cleaned any time 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 whether any more drug is left in the canister.Learn which of your inhalers you should use every day and which you should use if your breathing suddenly worsens. Ask your doctor what to do if you have worsening cough or shortness of breath, wheezing, increased sputum, or worsening peak flow meter readings. Learn when you can self-medicate and when you should get medical help right away.
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