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What is a Maxair Autohaler?

A Maxair (pirbuterol) Autohaler is a prescription drug for wheezing, shortness of breath and other breathing problems, delivered by a kind of inhaler that automatically provides a measured dose as a person breathes in. It is used to treat asthma or other conditions that affect breathing, by opening airways in the lungs.

The Autohaler uses chemicals known as chlorofluorocarbons (CFCs) as propellants. These chemicals destroy ozone in the upper atmosphere, reducing the earth's protection from harmful radiation. As a result, the Autohaler will no longer be sold after December 31, 2013. Manual inhalers will still be available.

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