Generic Name: Pirbuterol (peer BYOO ter ole)
Medically reviewed on Sep 5, 2018
Uses of Pirbuterol:
- It is used to open the airways in lung diseases where spasm may cause breathing problems.
What do I need to tell my doctor BEFORE I take Pirbuterol?
- If you have an allergy to albuterol, pirbuterol, or any other part of pirbuterol.
- If you are allergic to any drugs like this one, any other drugs, foods, or other substances. Tell your doctor about the allergy and what signs you had, like rash; hives; itching; shortness of breath; wheezing; cough; swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat; or any other signs.
- If you are taking or will be taking another drug like this one.
This is not a list of all drugs or health problems that interact with pirbuterol.
Tell your doctor and pharmacist about all of your drugs (prescription or OTC, natural products, vitamins) and health problems. You must check to make sure that it is safe for you to take pirbuterol with all of your drugs and health problems. Do not start, stop, or change the dose of any drug without checking with your doctor.
What are some things I need to know or do while I take Pirbuterol?
- Tell all of your health care providers that you take pirbuterol. This includes your doctors, nurses, pharmacists, and dentists.
- Avoid driving and doing other tasks or actions that call for you to be alert or have clear eyesight until you see how pirbuterol affects you.
- Wear disease medical alert ID (identification).
- Call your doctor right away if your normal dose does not work well, if your signs get worse, or if you need to use pirbuterol more often than normal.
- If you have high blood sugar (diabetes), pirbuterol may sometimes raise blood sugar. Talk with your doctor about how to keep your blood sugar under control.
- Do not give to a child younger than 12 years of age.
- Tell your doctor if you are pregnant or plan on getting pregnant. You will need to talk about the benefits and risks of using pirbuterol while you are pregnant.
- Tell your doctor if you are breast-feeding. You will need to talk about any risks to your baby.
How is this medicine (Pirbuterol) best taken?
Use pirbuterol as ordered by your doctor. Read all information given to you. Follow all instructions closely.
- Follow how to take pirbuterol as you have been told by your doctor. Do not use more than you were told to use.
- Keep out of your eyes.
- For breathing in only.
- Prepare puffer (inhaler) before first use or when puffer has not been used for 2 days. Spray 2 test sprays into the air.
- Shake well before use.
- A spacer may be used with the puffer (inhaler) for easy use.
- Put the cap back on after you are done using your dose.
- Have your puffer (inhaler) use checked with your doctor at each visit. Read and follow facts on how to use the puffer. Make sure you use the puffer the right way.
- If using more than 1 type of puffer (inhaler), ask the doctor which puffer to use first.
- Follow how to clean carefully.
- This medicine may catch on fire. Do not use near an open flame or while smoking.
What do I do if I miss a dose?
- If you take pirbuterol on a regular basis, take a missed dose as soon as you think about it.
- If it is close to the time for your next dose, skip the missed dose and go back to your normal time.
- Do not breathe in 2 doses or extra doses.
- Many times pirbuterol is taken on an as needed basis. Do not take more often than told by the doctor.
What are some side effects that I need to call my doctor about right away?
WARNING/CAUTION: Even though it may be rare, some people may have very bad and sometimes deadly side effects when taking a drug. Tell your doctor or get medical help right away if you have any of the following signs or symptoms that may be related to a very bad side effect:
- Signs of an allergic reaction, like rash; hives; itching; red, swollen, blistered, or peeling skin with or without fever; wheezing; tightness in the chest or throat; trouble breathing, swallowing, or talking; unusual hoarseness; or swelling of the mouth, face, lips, tongue, or throat.
- Signs of low potassium levels like muscle pain or weakness, muscle cramps, or a heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- If you are not able to get the breathing attack under control. Get help right away.
- Chest pain or pressure or a fast heartbeat.
- A heartbeat that does not feel normal.
- Very nervous and excitable.
- Very bad dizziness or passing out.
- Very bad headache.
- Feeling confused.
- Low mood (depression).
- This medicine may sometimes cause very bad breathing problems. This may be life-threatening. When this happens with a puffer (inhaler) or with liquid for breathing in, most of the time it happens right after a dose and after the first use of a new canister or vial of pirbuterol. If you have trouble breathing, breathing that is worse, wheezing, or coughing, get medical help right away.
What are some other side effects of Pirbuterol?
All drugs may cause side effects. However, many people have no side effects or only have minor side effects. Call your doctor or get medical help if any of these side effects or any other side effects bother you or do not go away:
- Feeling nervous and excitable.
These are not all of the side effects that may occur. If you have questions about side effects, call your doctor. Call your doctor for medical advice about side effects.
You may report side effects to the FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088. You may also report side effects at http://www.fda.gov/medwatch.
If OVERDOSE is suspected:
If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
How do I store and/or throw out Pirbuterol?
- Store at room temperature.
- Throw away the puffer (inhaler) after the most number of sprays have been used, even if it feels like there is more drug in the can.
- Protect from heat and sunlight. Do not puncture or burn even if it seems empty.
- Store in a dry place. Do not store in a bathroom.
- Keep all drugs in a safe place. Keep all drugs out of the reach of children and pets.
- Throw away unused or expired drugs. Do not flush down a toilet or pour down a drain unless you are told to do so. Check with your pharmacist if you have questions about the best way to throw out drugs. There may be drug take-back programs in your area.
Consumer information use
- If your symptoms or health problems do not get better or if they become worse, call your doctor.
- Do not share your drugs with others and do not take anyone else's drugs.
- Keep a list of all your drugs (prescription, natural products, vitamins, OTC) with you. Give this list to your doctor.
- Talk with the doctor before starting any new drug, including prescription or OTC, natural products, or vitamins.
- Some drugs may have another patient information leaflet. Check with your pharmacist. If you have any questions about pirbuterol, please talk with your doctor, nurse, pharmacist, or other health care provider.
- If you think there has been an overdose, call your poison control center or get medical care right away. Be ready to tell or show what was taken, how much, and when it happened.
Always consult your healthcare provider to ensure the information displayed on this page applies to your personal circumstances.
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