What should I know about pirbuterol acetate before taking it?

Before taking pirbuterol tell your doctor if you are taking any over-the-counter medicines, vitamins, herbs, supplements or prescription drugs, especially these medications:

  • atenolol, carteolol, labetalol, metoprolol, nadolol, propranolol, sotalol,  timolol
  • tranylcypromine, ephedrine, phenylephrine, pseudoephedrine
  • medications used to treat depression, asthma or heart disease

Other fast-acting beta-agonist bronchodilators should not be used at the same time as pirbuterol, because they increase the risk of side effects. Pirbuterol may interact with diuretics, beta-blockers, monoamine oxidase inhibitors (MAOIs) or tricyclic antidepressants. Tell your doctor if you are allergic to any drugs or have a history of abnormal heartbeats, heart disease, glaucoma, hyperthyroidism, high blood pressure, diabetes or seizures.

Inhalers need to be cleaned once a week. To clean your inhaler, take off the mouthpiece, turn the inhaler upside down, and clean the mouthpiece with a dry cloth. Make sure that the spray hole is visible.

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