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Reasons not to take this medicine
• If you have an allergy to albuterol, pirbuterol, or any other part of this medicine.
• Tell healthcare provider if you are allergic to any medicine. Make sure to tell about the allergy and how it affected you. This includes telling about rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other symptoms involved.
How does it work?
• Pirbuterol works at sites in the airways to relax the muscles and improve oxygen delivery.
How is it best taken?
• Follow directions given by healthcare provider. Do not use more than the maximum recommended daily dose.
• For inhaling (puffing) only.
• Test inhaler before use. Follow directions given with inhaler.
• Shake well before use.
• A spacer can be used with the inhaler for easier delivery.
• Check inhaler use with healthcare provider at each visit. Read and follow all instructions provided with inhaler. Using the inhaler the right way is very important.
• If you are using more than one type of inhaler, ask healthcare provider which inhaler to use first.
What do I do if I miss a dose? (does not apply to patients in the hospital)
• Inhale a missed dose as soon as possible.
• If it is almost time for the next dose, skip the missed dose and return to your regular schedule.
• Do not inhale a double dose or extra doses.
• Many times this medicine is given on an as needed basis.
What should I monitor?
• Change in condition being treated. Is it better, worse, or about the same?
• Monitor asthma with peak flow meter.
• Dry mouth may cause an increase in cavities. Take good care of your teeth. See a dentist regularly.
• Follow up with healthcare provider.
How should I store this medicine?
• Store at room temperature.
• Throw away inhaler after the recommended maximum number of sprays have been used, even if it feels like there is more medicine in the canister.
• If you have a life-threatening allergy, wear allergy identification at all times.
• Do not share your medicine with others and do not take anyone else's medicine.
• Keep all medicine out of the reach of children and pets.
• Most medicines can be thrown away in household trash after mixing with coffee grounds or kitty litter and sealing in a plastic bag.
• Keep a list of all your medicines (prescription, natural products, supplements, vitamins, over-the-counter) with you. Give this list to healthcare provider (doctor, nurse, nurse practitioner, pharmacist, physician assistant).
• Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088 or in Canada to Health Canada's Canada Vigilance Program at 1-866-234-2345.
• Talk with healthcare provider before starting any new medicine, including over-the-counter, natural products, or vitamins.
Created: 2006-10-13 15:09:16.0
Modified: 2010-04-07 13:32:02.0
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