When can I stop using Maxair?

Unless you experience serious side effects or an allergic reaction, you should not stop using Maxair (pirbuterol) to treat your asthma or other breathing condition unless your doctor tells you to.

Possible serious side effects include:
  • increased difficulty breathing
  • rapid or irregular heartbeat
  • chest pain 
  • allergic reaction (rash, hives, itchiness, swelling of the face, mouth, eyes or throat and difficulty breathing)
If you experience any of these symptoms, get medical treatment right away. Call your doctor when you are able to do so.

Maxair can help control your symptoms but cannot cure asthma or other lung diseases, so you are likely to continue to need it. Talk to your doctor if you have side effects or feel that Maxair is not working for you.

Continue Learning about Antiasthma

What are long-acting beta-agonist bronchodilators?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Long-acting beta-agonists relax and open the airways in the same way as short-acting beta agonists, ...
More Answers
How effective is theophylline?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Only the sustained-release form of theophylline has been shown to help COPD. Some studies have shown...
More Answers
Does omalizumab have any side effects?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Side effects may include injection site reactions, upper respiratory tract and sinus infections, hea...
More Answers
What should I know before taking a long-acting beta-agonist bronchodilator?
Donna Hill Howes, RNDonna Hill Howes, RN
Long-acting beta-agonists slightly increase the risks of a severe asthma attack, hospitalization, an...
More Answers

Important: This content reflects information from various individuals and organizations and may offer alternative or opposing points of view. It should not be used for medical advice, diagnosis or treatment. As always, you should consult with your healthcare provider about your specific health needs.