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Effects of Maxair

In clinical studies, Maxair started working within five minutes, and the effects of the drug typically lasted for five hours.

When and How to Take Maxair

Following are some general considerations for when and how to take Maxair:
  • Maxair comes in a special inhaler called the Maxair Autohaler®. This inhaler is different from traditional inhalers, as it does not release the medication until you inhale through the mouthpiece of the inhaler. This may make the Maxair inhaler easier to use, compared to traditional inhalers.
  • Some people take this medication only when they need it during an asthma attack, while others take it regularly to help prevent attacks.
  • Shake your inhaler gently before each use.
  • Wait at least one minute in between inhalations.
  • It is important that you learn exactly how to use your Maxair inhaler. It may be difficult at first and may require practice.
  • Each inhaler contains 400 sprays. Try to keep track of approximately how many sprays you have used in order to know when to replace the inhaler. Do not place the inhaler in water to see if it is empty (although it was recommended to do so in the past).
  • For Maxair to work properly, it must be taken as prescribed. The medication will not work if you stop taking it.

Dosing Information

The dose of Maxair your healthcare provider recommends will vary, depending on a number of factors, including:
  • Whether you use the drug to treat or prevent asthma attacks
  • The severity of your asthma or other respiratory problems
  • Other medications you may be taking.
As always, do not adjust your dose unless your healthcare provider specifically instructs you to do so.
(Click Maxair Dosage for more information.)
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