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Brand Names: Maxair, Maxair Autohaler

Generic Name: pirbuterol inhaler (Pronunciation: peer BYOO ter ole)

What is pirbuterol inhalation (Maxair, Maxair Autohaler)?

Pirbuterol is a bronchodilator. It works by relaxing muscles in the airways to improve breathing.

Pirbuterol inhalation is used to treat conditions such as asthma, bronchitis, and emphysema.

Pirbuterol inhalation may also be used for conditions other than those listed in this medication guide.

What are the possible side effects of pirbuterol inhalation (Maxair, Maxair Autohaler)?

Stop using pirbuterol and seek emergency medical attention if you experience any of the following serious side effects:

  • an allergic reaction (difficulty breathing; closing of your throat; swelling of your lips, tongue, or face; or hives); or
  • chest pain or irregular heartbeats.

Other, less serious side effects may be more likely to occur. Continue to use pirbuterol inhalation and talk to your doctor if you experience

Side effects other than those listed here may also occur. Talk to your doctor about any side effect that seems unusual or that is especially bothersome. You may report side effects to FDA at 1-800-FDA-1088.

What is the most important information I should know about pirbuterol inhalation (Maxair, Maxair Autohaler)?

It is very important that you use your pirbuterol inhaler properly, so that the medicine gets into your lungs. Your doctor may want you to use a spacer with your inhaler. Talk to your doctor about proper inhaler use.

Seek medical attention if you notice that you require more than your usual or more than the maximum amount of any asthma medication in a 24-hour period. An increased need for medication could be an early sign of a serious asthma attack.



Report Problems to the Food and Drug Administration

You are encouraged to report negative side effects of prescription drugs to the FDA. Visit the FDA MedWatch website or call 1-800-FDA-1088.

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