Alupent Warnings and Precautions
Prior to using Alupent, warnings and precautions for the inhaler should be fully understood. It is important to know that Alupent may worsen asthma symptoms or cause a stimulatory effect on the heart and blood pressure in some people. Also, Alupent is not suitable for everyone. Among the people who should not take Alupent are those who are allergic to Alupent or any of its inactive ingredients and those with an arrhythmia that causes a very fast heart rate.
Alupent: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?
Alupent is no longer available in the United States. The manufacturer of this medication decided to stop making it in order to comply with regulations concerning chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), chemicals that may deplete the ozone layer. Alupent was rarely used anymore; had it been more popular, the manufacturer probably would have chosen to reformulate the drug without CFCs, instead of just discontinuing it.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking Alupent® (metaproterenol sulfate) if you have:
- High blood pressure (hypertension)
- A fast heart rate (tachycardia)
- An irregular heart rhythm (arrhythmia)
- Other types of heart disease, including congestive heart failure
- An overactive thyroid (hyperthyroidism)
- Seizures or epilepsy
- Any allergies, including allergies to food, dyes, or preservatives.
Also let your healthcare provider know if you are:
- Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
You should also make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all of the medicines you take, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.