IMPORTANT NOTE: The following information is intended to supplement, not substitute for, the expertise and judgment of your physician, pharmacist or other healthcare professional. It should not be construed to indicate that use of the drug is safe, appropriate, or effective for you. Consult your healthcare professional before using this drug.
USES: This drug relaxes the smooth muscle in the lungs and dilates airways to improve breathing. It is used in the treatment of asthma, chronic bronchitis or emphysema.
HOW TO USE: Oral medication may be taken with food or milk if stomach upset occurs. Take this medication exactly as prescribed. Do not take it more frequently without your doctor's approval. Excessive use may result in decreased efficacy and increased side effects.
SIDE EFFECTS: Dizziness, headache, lightheadedness, heartburn, loss of appetite, altered taste sensation, restlessness, anxiety, nervousness, trembling or sweating may occur but should subside as your body adjust to the medication. If these symptoms persist or worsen, inform your doctor. Notify your doctor if you experience: chest pain, palpitations, vomiting, breathing difficulties. If you notice other effects not listed above, contact your doctor or pharmacist.
PRECAUTIONS: Tell your doctor if you have: heart disease, high blood pressure, an overactive thyroid gland, epilepsy, diabetes. Tell your doctor if you ever had a bad reaction to bitolterol, ephedrine, epinephrine, metaproterenol, phenylephrine, phenylpropanolamine, pseudoephedrine, or terbutaline. Many nonprescription products contain these drugs (e.g., diet pills and medication for colds and asthma), so check the labels carefully. Do not take any of these medications without consulting your doctor (even if you never had a problem taking them before). Do not allow anyone else to take this medication. Before you use this drug, tell your doctor if you are pregnant or breast-feeding. This drug should not be used unless clearly needed if you are pregnant.
DRUG INTERACTIONS: Tell your doctor of all prescription and nonprescription drugs you may use, especially of: drugs used for asthma, antidepressants, cold medications, beta-blockers (e.g., atenolol, propranolol). Do not start or stop any medicine without doctor or pharmacist approval.
OVERDOSE: If overdose is suspected, contact your local poison control center or emergency room immediately. Symptoms of overdose may include seizures, fast irregular heart rate, nervousness, dizziness, fatigue, sleeplessness, headache, tremors, dry mouth, nausea, or chest pain.
NOTES: If symptoms do not improve or worsen after taking this medication, call your doctor immediately.
MISSED DOSE: If you miss a dose, take as soon as remembered; do not take if it is almost time for the next dose, instead, skip the missed dose and resume your usual dosing schedule. Do not "double-up" the dose to catch up.
STORAGE: Store at room temperature away from sunlight and moisture. Some products may require refrigeration. See packaging for exact storage directions, or check with your pharmacist.
MEDICAL ALERT: Your condition can cause complications in a medical emergency. For enrollment information call MedicAlert at 1-800-854-1166 (USA), or 1-800-668-1507 (Canada).
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