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  • Generic Name: (pirbuterol acetate)
    Other Brands: Maxair
  • Last Revised: 01/2014
    • What is this medication and its most common uses?

      Maxair Autohaler is a medicine used to prevent and treat airway narrowing associated with certain breathing problems (such as asthma).

    • What should I know when beginning and continuing on this medication?

      How does this medication work?

      Maxair Autohaler works by relaxing the muscles in your airways.

      What are the beneficial effects of this medication and when should I begin to have results?

      What: Maxair Autohaler has been shown to improve your lung function.

      When: Maxair Autohaler may start working within 5 minutes, and symptom relief may last up to 5 hours.

      How do I know it is working?

      You may feel an improvement in your breathing once you begin using Maxair Autohaler. Your healthcare provider may perform tests to check your lung function and ask you questions to assess how well your symptoms are controlled.

    • What are the possible side effects of this medication?

      The following is not a full list of side effects. Side effects cannot be anticipated. If any develop or change in intensity, tell your healthcare provider as soon as possible. Only your healthcare provider can determine if it is safe for you to continue taking this medication.

      More common side effects may include: nervousness, shaking.

      Less common side effects may include:

      Worsening trouble breathing, coughing, or wheezing. This is more likely to happen with your first use of a new canister.

      Heart problems, including faster heart rate and higher blood pressure.

      Maxair Autohaler may also cause low blood potassium levels.

    • Who should not take this medication?

      Do not use Maxair Autohaler if you are allergic to it or any of its ingredients.

    • What should I tell my healthcare provider before I take the first dose of this medication?

      Tell your healthcare provider about all prescription, over-the-counter, and herbal medications you are taking before beginning treatment with Maxair Autohaler. Also, talk to your healthcare provider about your complete medical history, especially if you have heart or thyroid problems, high blood pressure, diabetes, or seizures.

    • What is the usual dosage?

      The information below is based on the dosage guidelines your healthcare provider uses. Depending on your condition and medical history, your healthcare provider may prescribe a different regimen. Do not change the dosage or stop taking your medication without your healthcare provider's approval.

      Adults and children ≥12 years: The usual dose is 2 inhalations every 4 to 6 hours. Your healthcare provider may decrease your dose as needed.

    • How should I take this medication?

      Use Maxair Autohaler exactly as prescribed by your healthcare provider. Do not use it more often or stop using it without first talking to your healthcare provider.

      Shake Maxair Autohaler well before using it.

      Review the instructions that came with your prescription on how to properly use Maxair Autohaler.

    • What should I avoid while taking this medication?

      Do not use or store Maxair Autohaler near heat or open flame.

      Do not spray Maxair Autohaler in your eyes.

    • What are the possible food and drug interactions associated with this medication?

      If Maxair Autohaler is used with certain other drugs, the effects of either could be increased, decreased, or altered. It is especially important to check with your healthcare provider before combining Maxair Autohaler with the following: blood pressure/heart medications known as beta-blockers (such as metoprolol or propranolol), certain antidepressant medications (such as amitriptyline or phenelzine), other similar medicines (such as albuterol), or water pills (such as furosemide or hydrochlorothiazide).

    • May I receive this medication if I am pregnant or breastfeeding?

      The effects of Maxair Autohaler during pregnancy and breastfeeding are unknown. Tell your healthcare provider immediately if you are pregnant, plan to become pregnant, or are breastfeeding.

    • What should I do if I miss a dose of this medication?

      If you miss a dose of Maxair Autohaler, use it as soon as you remember. However, if it is almost time for your next dose, skip the one you missed and return to your regular dosing schedule. Do not inhale two doses at once.

    • How should I store this medication?

      Store at room temperature.

    • Who should I contact in case of emergency or overdose?
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      In the event of a medical emergency call your doctor or 9-1-1 immediately. In the event of overdose, call your doctor or poison control for further instructions.
      National Poison Control#: Call 1-800-222-1222

      This PDR+ drug information has been developed by the Physicians’ Desk Reference Network (PDRN), a source of medication information trusted by doctors for over 65 years.

      This monograph summarizes the most important information about your medication and does not cover all the information you may need. If you have any questions or concerns or want to learn more about your medication, ask your healthcare provider; he/she will be able to provide answers to your questions. This medication should only be used by the patient for whom it was prescribed and should not be shared with other people.
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