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Asthmanefrin inhalation solution

Generic Name: racepinephrine (RAYSE-ep-i-NEF-rin)
Brand Name: Asthmanefrin

Asthmanefrin inhalation solution is used for:

Temporary relief of shortness of breath, chest tightness, and wheezing associated with asthma. It may also be used for other conditions as determined by your doctor.

Asthmanefrin inhalation solution is an alpha- and beta-receptor stimulant. It works by widening the airway, which makes it easier to breathe.

Do NOT use Asthmanefrin inhalation solution if:

  • you are allergic to any ingredient in Asthmanefrin inhalation solution
  • you have not been diagnosed with asthma by a doctor
  • you are taking droxidopa, furazolidone, or a monoamine oxidase inhibitor (MAOI) (eg, phenelzine), or if you have taken furazolidone or an MAOI within the past 14 days

Contact your doctor or health care provider right away if any of these apply to you.

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Before using Asthmanefrin inhalation solution:

Some medical conditions may interact with Asthmanefrin inhalation solution. Tell your doctor or pharmacist if you have any medical conditions, especially if any of the following apply to you:

  • if you are pregnant, planning to become pregnant, or are breast-feeding
  • if you are taking any prescription or nonprescription medicine, herbal preparation, or dietary supplement
  • if you have allergies to medicines, foods, or other substances
  • if you have a history of heart problems, high blood pressure, thyroid problems, an enlarged prostate, trouble urinating, or diabetes
  • if you take other medicines for asthma or if you have ever been hospitalized for asthma

Some MEDICINES MAY INTERACT with Asthmanefrin inhalation solution. Tell your health care provider if you are taking any other medicines, especially any of the following:

  • Beta-blockers (eg, propranolol), droxidopa, or phenothiazines (eg, chlorpromazine) because the risk of high or low blood pressure and fast or slow heartbeat may be increased
  • Bromocriptine, furazolidone, linezolid, MAOIs (eg, phenelzine), or tricyclic antidepressants (eg, amitriptyline) because the risk of side effects, such as headache, high temperature, and high blood pressure, may be increased
  • Digoxin, entacapone, tolcapone, or medicines for irregular heartbeat (eg, quinidine) because they may increase the risk of Asthmanefrin inhalation solution's side effects
  • Guanadrel or guanethidine because their effectiveness may be decreased by Asthmanefrin inhalation solution

This may not be a complete list of all interactions that may occur. Ask your health care provider if Asthmanefrin inhalation solution may interact with other medicines that you take. Check with your health care provider before you start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine.

How to use Asthmanefrin inhalation solution:

Use Asthmanefrin inhalation solution as directed by your doctor. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions. Check the label on the medicine for exact dosing instructions.

  • Asthmanefrin inhalation solution is only for use by oral inhalation through a certain breathing machine (an atomizer, such as the EZ Breathe Atomizer). Carefully follow the procedures taught to you by your health care provider.
  • Do not use Asthmanefrin inhalation solution if it contains particles, is cloudy, or if it turns pink, brown, or darker than slightly yellow in color.
  • If you miss a dose of Asthmanefrin inhalation solution and you are using it regularly, use it as soon as possible. If it is nearing time for your next dose, do not double the dose to catch up unless advised by your health care provider. Do not use 2 doses at once.

Ask your health care provider any questions you may have about how to use Asthmanefrin inhalation solution.

Important safety information:

  • Do NOT take more than the recommended dose or use for longer than prescribed without checking with your doctor.
  • If your symptoms do not get better within 20 minutes, if they get worse, or if you need to use Asthmanefrin inhalation solution more often than normal, check with your doctor right away.
  • Asthmanefrin inhalation solution may cause dry mouth or an unpleasant taste in your mouth. Rinsing your mouth with water after each dose may help relieve these effects.
  • Talk with your doctor or pharmacist about all of your inhaled and/or asthma medicines and how to use them. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any medicine unless your doctor tells you to.
  • Asthmanefrin inhalation solution should not be used in CHILDREN younger than 4 years old without first checking with the child's doctor.
  • PREGNANCY and BREAST-FEEDING: If you become pregnant, contact your doctor. You will need to discuss the benefits and risks of using Asthmanefrin inhalation solution while you are pregnant. Asthmanefrin inhalation solution is found in breast milk. If you are or will be breast-feeding while you use Asthmanefrin inhalation solution, check with your doctor. Discuss any possible risks to your baby.

Possible side effects of Asthmanefrin inhalation solution:

All medicines may cause side effects, but many people have no, or minor, side effects. Check with your doctor if any of these most COMMON side effects persist or become bothersome:

Headache; loss of appetite; nausea; nervousness; tremors; trouble sleeping.

Seek medical attention right away if any of these SEVERE side effects occur:

Severe allergic reactions (rash; hives; itching; difficulty breathing; tightness in the chest; swelling of the mouth, face, lips, or tongue); chest pain; fast heartbeat; wheezing.

This is not a complete list of all side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, contact your health care provider. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects. To report side effects to the appropriate agency, please read the Guide to Reporting Problems to FDA.

If OVERDOSE is suspected:

Contact 1-800-222-1222 (the American Association of Poison Control Centers), your local poison control center, or emergency room immediately. Symptoms may include fast or irregular heartbeat; nausea; nervousness; severe or persistent headache; tremor; vomiting; weakness.

Proper storage of Asthmanefrin inhalation solution:

Store Asthmanefrin inhalation solution at room temperature, between 68 and 77 degrees F (20 and 25 degrees C). Store away from heat, moisture, and light. Do not store in the bathroom. Keep Asthmanefrin inhalation solution out of the reach of children and away from pets.

General information:

  • If you have any questions about Asthmanefrin inhalation solution, please talk with your doctor, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
  • Asthmanefrin inhalation solution is to be used only by the patient for whom it is prescribed. Do not share it with other people.
  • If your symptoms do not improve or if they become worse, check with your doctor.
  • Check with your pharmacist about how to dispose of unused medicine.

This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take Asthmanefrin inhalation solution or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about Asthmanefrin inhalation solution. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to Asthmanefrin inhalation solution. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using Asthmanefrin inhalation solution.

Issue Date: July 2, 2014
Database Edition 14.3.1.001
Copyright © 2014 Wolters Kluwer Health, Inc.

Disclaimer: This information should not be used to decide whether or not to take this medicine or any other medicine. Only your health care provider has the knowledge and training to decide which medicines are right for you. This information does not endorse any medicine as safe, effective, or approved for treating any patient or health condition. This is only a brief summary of general information about this medicine. It does NOT include all information about the possible uses, directions, warnings, precautions, interactions, adverse effects, or risks that may apply to this medicine. This information is not specific medical advice and does not replace information you receive from your health care provider. You must talk with your healthcare provider for complete information about the risks and benefits of using this medicine.

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