Precautions and Warnings With Pirbuterol

A few of the conditions that you should tell your healthcare provider about before you take pirbuterol include diabetes, an irregular heart rhythm, and any allergies you may have. To reduce the chances of drug interactions, you should also tell your healthcare provider about all other drugs you are taking. Some other precautions and warnings with pirbuterol include the safety of taking pirbuterol while nursing or pregnant, people who shouldn't take the drug at all (such as those who are allergic to pirbuterol or its inactive components), and the possibility that pirbuterol may worsen bronchospasms in some people.

Pirbuterol: What Should I Tell My Healthcare Provider?

Pirbuterol inhalers will not be made, dispensed, or sold in the United States in their current form after December 31, 2013. Pirbuterol inhalers contain chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs), chemicals that deplete the ozone layer. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has set this final date for the medication in order to comply with the Montreal Protocol on Substances That Deplete the Ozone Layer. The manufacturer of pirbuterol is working on a reformulated, CFC-free version, although it is not yet clear when that product will be available to consumers.
You should talk with your healthcare provider prior to taking pirbuterol acetate (Maxair®) if you have:
Also let your healthcare provider know if you are:
  • Pregnant or thinking of becoming pregnant
  • Breastfeeding.
You should also make sure to tell your healthcare provider about all other medicines you may be taking, including prescription and non-prescription medicines, vitamins, and herbal supplements.
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Pirbuterol (Maxair)

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