GENERIC NAME: EPINEPHRINE SOLUTION - INHALATION (ep-in-EFF-rin)
BRAND NAME(S): Adrenalin, Isuprel
HOW TO USE: This medication is inhaled into the lungs using special breathing equipment. A health care professional will demonstrate the proper way to prepare the medication and use the equipment. Make sure you understand how to operate the device and ask any questions you may have. Use the solution 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. If you find yourself using this more than usual, contact your doctor. Do not stop using this medication without first consulting your doctor.
SIDE EFFECTS: Tremor, nervousness, shakiness, headache, nausea, heartburn, lightheadedness, difficulty sleeping, unusual taste in mouth, hoarseness or dry throat may occur the first several days as your body adjusts to the medication. If any of these effects continue or become bothersome, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you develop: a rash, rapid heartbeats, chest pain, dizziness, coughing, breathing trouble. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
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PRECAUTIONS: Before using this drug, tell your doctor your medical history including that of: heart disease, heart rhythm problems, chest pain (angina), diabetes, high blood pressure, thyroid disease, a history of strokes, seizures, drug allergies. This medication should be used only if clearly needed during pregnancy. Discuss the risks and benefits with your doctor. This medication may be excreted into breast milk. Consult your doctor before breast-feeding.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of any over-the-counter or prescription medication you may take including: blood pressure drugs, beta-blockers (e.g., propranolol), diabetes drugs, anti- depressants. Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. US residents can call the US national poison hotline at 1-800-222-1222. Canadian residents should call their local poison control center directly. Symptoms of overdose may include irregular heartbeat, tremor, weakness, nausea, vomiting, and headache.
NOTES: Do not change brands of this medication without consulting your doctor or pharmacist since not all brands may be identical.
MISSED DOSE: If you are on a regular dosing schedule and should miss a dose, use it as soon as remembered. Use any remaining doses for that day at evenly spaced intervals. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store the solution in a cool area protected from light. Do not store in the bathroom. Discard the solution if it turns color or contains particles.
MEDICAL ALERT: Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For enrollment information call MedicAlert at 1-800-854-1166 (USA), or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).
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